Today’s guest blog comes from our friends at GLIDE — Thanks Dori! Dori Caminong is GLIDE’s Communications, Philanthropy and Social Innovation Manager. You can find her on Twitter: @doricaminong
GLIDE’s 15th Annual eBay Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, Runs June 1 – 6
Each year legendary investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett hosts just one charity power lunch to help support GLIDE’s programs. For the past 15 years, Mr. Buffett’s sustained commitment and the philanthropic spirit of the winning bidders, have helped raise nearly $16 million to support GLIDE’s unwavering mission to help San Francisco’s residents in need.
GLIDE invites everyone to join us + watch the final moments of the Countdown on Friday, June 6, 2016 at 6:40PM at http://www.ustream.tv/buffettauction
The bidding starts at $25,000 and all bidders must pre-qualify prior to placing their bids at ebay.com/glide. The winning bidder may invite seven friends to join Buffett for lunch at Smith & Wollensky, “the quintessential New York steakhouse.” Over the years, the winning bids have ranged from $25,000 to $3,456,789, with the funds going to support GLIDE’s programs, which help people overcome hunger, poverty, homelessness and debilitating health challenges.
For every view of the #PowerOfOneLunch video, eBay will donate $1.00 to GLIDE’s programs (up to $5,000).
“We appreciate all of the bidders and Warren Buffett’s 15-year investment in our neighborhood and community,” said GLIDE’s Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation Reverend Cecil Williams. “Through Mr. Buffett’s dedication and the generosity of the winning bidders, we have been able to bring people together in a powerfully human way to help our neighbors in need gain control of their lives and have a fresh start.”
“I saw people that the world had given up on, but that Cecil and Janice had not given up on and I saw the transformative power of unconditional love in what they were doing,” said Mr. Buffett when asked why he supports GLIDE. “It really hit me.”
Located on the corner of Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco’s toughest neighborhoods, GLIDE is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for fifty years. GLIDE is unconditional in its love, support and commitment to the community it serves, providing a range of holistic services from meals to housing to healthcare in order to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. With an unwavering commitment grounded in spirituality and emotional understanding, GLIDE is a leading organization for social justice, inspiring the larger community to celebrate humanity through compassion, generosity and acceptance. For more information, visit www.glide.org
The eBay Giving Works program is part of a portfolio of programs, resources, and tools across eBay Inc. that are intended to enable and inspire online charity donations at a scale never seen before. For information and to pre-qualify, call 800-679-2681, email Buffett@Glide.org, or visit ebay.com/glide.