Image Courtesy City of Hope via TwitterSure, super-rich pop and rock stars can just write a check to their favorite charities, but it's a lot more fun if they can get fans involved, too. Last year, stars including ex-Journey singer Steve Perry and Bruce Springsteen did just that -- and raised over a quarter of a million bucks to boot.
CharityBuzz, a website that auctions off unique celebrity experiences for good causes, has announced which stars pulled in the most money last year by putting themselves on the block. Among the stars making the top 20 were Perry at #8, the Boss at #9, Cyndi Lauper at #18 and Paul McCartney at #20.
Perry, who hasn't released an album in years and is extremely reclusive, brought in a whopping $75,000 for the City of Hope when he auctioned off a chance to have coffee with him. A chance to meet Springsteen backstage, as well as tickets to two of his concerts, brought in $72,500 for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund.
Meanwhile, Lauper raised $37,500 for Rosie O'Donnell's Theater Kids charity by selling the chance to join her in the audience for a performance of her Tony-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots. And a chance to appear on stage with McCartney, Tom Hanks and Hanks' wife Rita Wilson in a Shakespeare play earned just over $35,000 for The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
All this is impressive, but the biggest celebrity auction of the year on CharityBuzz was the chance to have coffee with Apple CEO Tim **** at Apple Headquarters. That went for a whopping $610,000.
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