Win an Autographed AIDS Walk New York Celebrity Gift Bag on EBay and Raise Money to Fight HIV/AIDS Thu Jun 2, 1:02 PM ET
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 2, 2005 — A celebrity gift bag autographed by the celebrities and VIPs at the 20th Annual AIDS Walk New York is currently being auctioned on eBay to support the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and its HIV/AIDS services to men, women and children living with HIV in New York City. This special auction, which is a replica of the $1,800-valued gift bags given to this year”s AIDS Walk New York celebrity participants like Grammy Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones, Queer as Folk’s Hal Sparks and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Jai Rodriguez, Ted Allen and Kyan Douglas, can be purchased through eBay’s Giving Works, at www.ebay.com/aidswalknewyork . The auction will end on Thursday, June 9, 2005, at 9 pm EST.
Created by gift bag marketing firm Klein Creative Communications, this extravagant gift collection is housed in a Vy & Elle laptop messenger/backpack ( www.vyandelle.com ) and is covered with signatures of Norah Jones, Hal Sparks, Jai Rodriguez, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former mayor Ed Koch, Broadway star Maureen McGovern, Judith Light (Who’s The Boss, Law & Order: SVU), Rita Moreno (West Side Story, OZ); John Spencer (The West Wing); Bill Brochtrup (NYPD Blue); Richard Thomas (The Waltons); Bruce Vilanch (Hairspray); songwriter Marsha Malamet, poet Jessica Care Moore, singer/actor Leon and other performers from this year’s event.
The collector’s item bag is filled with an assortment of the latest in sporty and healthy items, including ALCiS Daily Relief cream ( www.alcis.com ); ChocoSoy vegan chocolates ( www.chocosoy.com ); a Chronomaster chronograph watch from Croton Watch Co. ( www.crotonwatch.com ); a gift card for custom-made men’s swimsuits at He Swimwear ( www.heswimwear.com ); Intimo performance sports underwear for men and women ( www.intimo.com ); an L.L. Bean personal toiletry kit ( www.llbean.com ); bags of organic, Fair Trade and decaffeinated Millstone Coffee, plus a gift card for a three-month supply of coffee ( www.millstone.com ); colorful hoodie sweatshirts from NYCWebstore.com ( www.nycwebstore.com ); Ola Loa Energy drink, plus gift cards for a 3-month supply ( www.drinkyourvitamins.com ); Roots of Art’s 1000 Agates necklace ( www.rootsofartinc.com ); a mobile spa party for four from Spa Chicks on the Go ( www.spachicksonthego.com ); Sokol Blosser Winery’s Meditrina organic wine ( www.sokolblosser.com ); an airbrush tanning session with Sunchelle at the Haime Munoz Salon ( www.haimemunoz.com ); five yoga classes and ½ hour healing body treatment at Universal Force Healing Center ( www.universalforceyoga.com ); and one-piece criss-cross back women’s swimsuits from Venus USA ( www.venususa.com ).
“We”re delighted to help AIDS Walk New York thank their dedicated supporters at this 20th anniversary celebration,” said Stephanie Jo Klein, founder and president of Klein Creative Communications. “We think that the positive message of AIDS Walk is underscored in the healthy products we selected for these special gifts, which we also hope will raise significant additional funds as part of the eBay auction.”
The 20th Annual AIDS Walk New York was the largest and most successful AIDS Walk ever held, setting records for both participation and fundraising. More than 45,000 participants raised more than $5.8 million for GMHC and other local AIDS organizations. For more information, or to donate, please visit: www.aidswalk.net/newyork .
AIDS Walk New York has continued to be a huge success since the groundbreaking event at Lincoln Center in May of 1986. Participation that first year was 4,500 walkers, who raised more than $710,000 for GMHC. Today, AIDS Walk New York is the world’s largest AIDS fundraising event and has raised more than $83 million for GMHC and other local AIDS organizations.
About GMHC: GMHC is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Its mission is to reduce the spread of HIV disease, help people with HIV maintain and improve their health and independence, and keep the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV an urgent national and local priority. GMHC provides services and programs to over 15,000 men, women and families that are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City. For more information about GMHC programs and services, please visit www.gmhc.org .
About AIDS Walk Founder: AIDS Walk New York was founded in 1986 by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events. Miller is the originator of the AIDS Walk fundraising model and has raised more than $250 million for leading AIDS charities nationwide. Miller and MZA have produced this landmark event every spring for the past twenty years.
About Klein Creative Communications, LLC: Klein Creative Communications, LLC is a New York-based gift bag marketing firm specializing in creating VIP gift bags for charity, celebrity and media events. Founded in March 2004, Klein Creative has arranged exceptional gift collections for the St. Jude Children”s Research Hospital, Gay Men”s Health Crisis, Hearst Magazines and the Trump Organization, among others, enabling event organizers to thank their generous donors, honored guests and performers in grand style.