I was peacefully enjoying the live auction at City Harvest’s “Practical Magic” fundraiser at Cipriani 42nd Street last night when a surprise item came up for bidding.
John Legend came up from the audience and offered to give a private concert to anyone who had room for a piano in their house! Shock waves went through the crowd, and then everyone quickly regrouped and started frantically raising their paddles. The bidding started at a very sizable $50,000 and it kept mounting until one lucky person nabbed the private show for the eye-popping amount of $110,000! That’s probably more than Legend gets to play an arena.
And that wasn’t all. The auction ended with Le Bernardin’s owner/chef Eric Ripert auctioning off a private dinner he’d make for 20 people in your home. The bids were sky-high, but they soared even more when Richard Gere surprised everyone by taking the stage to say he was adding himself to the prize. Gere said his father had been involved with Meals on Wheels, so he’s always wanted to help feed the needy (which is exactly what City Harvest does). So he said he would come along with the dinner! “He’ll do anything, said the auctioneer. “Within reason,” interjected Gere.
Anyway, there were two bidders willing to pay a whopping $220,000 for this marvy meal, so Ripert decided he’d make two dinners. They both won!
If they want John Legend as an opening act, I’m sure that could be arranged for a $110,000 tip.