STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WWE today announced that Superstars for Sandy Relief, the largest ever global online auction to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey, has raised $524,742. As part of WrestleMania® Week activities around the New York and New Jersey region, the auction was a combined effort between WWE, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes with proceeds benefiting the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Superstars for Sandy Relief online auction ran from March 25-April 9, and featured unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars and other international sports and entertainment celebrities. The auction generated more than 2,000 bids from 152 countries, making this the largest auction of the year on global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com.
In addition to the online auction, entertainment powerhouse Sean “Diddy” Combs co-hosted a Superstars for Sandy Relief party with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and special guests Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno to kick-off WrestleMania Week at Cipriani Wall Street. The live auction, led by sportscaster Joe Buck, raised more than $75,000 to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
“The state of New Jersey is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Chris Christie. “The overwhelming support from WWE and a host of celebrities to help the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is something that the people of New Jersey will never forget.”
“Hurricane Sandy relief is an on-going effort,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “We are grateful to WWE and all the celebrities involved for putting its global resources behind a cause that is so important to the City of New York and our more than 8 million residents.”
“Superstars for Sandy Relief helped raise significant funds and awareness to support the people of New York and New Jersey who are still affected long after the devastating storm,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “I’m proud that WWE and its global fan base supported such an important initiative.”
About the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to innovative public-private partnerships throughout NYC’s five boroughs. One hundred percent of donations in response to Hurricane Sandy are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, contributions helped to support the supply and transport of emergency needs including hot food, toiletries, baby supplies, cleaning materials, warm clothing and medications for New Yorkers. The Mayor's Fund is now focused on longer-term rebuilding and restoration efforts, including sponsoring a network of housing counselors and legal service providers to help residents, mold awareness trainings and treatment in homes, and programs for nonprofit organizations and local businesses affected by the hurricane. For more information go to www.nyc.gov/fund and follow the Fund on Twitter @NYCMayorsFund.
About the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Inc. is a non-profit organization that raises and distributes funds to organizations that support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of New Jersey communities impacted by the storm. The Fund aims to make a sustainable, long-term impact and focuses on programs that address the unmet needs of New Jersey communities. For more information, visit http://sandynjrelieffund.org.
Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Featuring access to acclaimed actors and musicians, business and political leaders, sports stars, luxury travel, couture fashion, rare memorabilia and more, Charitybuzz brings its online community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $75 million for charity. To learn more, visit www.Charitybuzz.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Charitybuzz or follow us on Twitter at @Charitybuzz.
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