Bette Midler Enlists Celeb 'Friends to Green the City'

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Nov. 11 2009, Published 5:14 a.m. ET

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How would you like to meet Robin Williams and get tickets to one of his stand -up comedy shows? Or  a backstage chat with John Mayer? Well, Bette Midler is making that all possible. Partnering with the New York Restoration Project, Bette is bringing together 100 of her A-list friends to put the "fun" back in fundraising. The NYRP has announced one of its biggest fundraisers to date, an online auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences donated by Bette and her charitable crew of famous friends.

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Hosted by the auction venue,, the fundraiser has received many donations from big Hollywood names. In true Bette fashion, the environmentally friendly actress, pulled out all the stops.

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High profile people like John Mayer, Daniel Craig, Richard Branson, Steve Carrell, Jann Wenner and John McEnroe, have all offered their time to help raise awareness and proceeds for the organization.

The NYRP, whose mantra is "greening New York City one block at a time," is dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks and community gardens.

The auction's fabulous prizes include:

  • Sit front row at Bette Midler’s Las Vegas show and meet her backstage
  • Lunch with Richard Branson during your week-long getaway at Necker Island
  • Lunch with Jann Wenner — Founder & Publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Private tennis lesson with John McEnroe
  • Walk on Role with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in “Dinner for Schmucks”
  • Meet Daniel Craig with house seats to "A Steady Rain" on Broadway
  • Dine in London with Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood
  • Meet John Stamos backstage at Bye Bye Birdie
  • Spend a Day in the Studio with Legendary Musician Jackson Browne
  • Meet Robin Williams with VIP tickets to his NYC stand-up show
  • Meet Cher with VIP tickets & backstage passes to her Las Vegas show
  • Meet John Mayer at one of his concerts along with VIP tickets
  • Intern at Rolling Stone Magazine — the ultimate source for music & pop-culture
  • Walk-on Role & Lunch on Set of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

The auction closes Friday, Nov.13, so be sure to visit for more information.


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