Coppy Holzman’s Charity Buzz

You missed your chance at golf with Bill Clinton.

But there’s still time to bid on lunch with Candice Bergen.  A tennis lesson with John McEnroe.  A day on the set of “Reel Steel” with Hugh Jackman.

Those items — and scores more — are all part of “A Bid to Save the Earth.”  The online auction — running now through Thursday (May 6) — benefits 4 environmental-based NGOs.

Coppy Holzman (right) and Biggie.

It’s all the brainchild of Charitybuzz, a Westport company that raises funds for non-profits around the globe by running similar web-based auctions.

Longtime Westporter Coppy Holzman founded the firm 5 years ago.  His reason was simple:  He wanted to make a difference.

Charitybuzz was a natural extension of his conventional retailing, consumer-focused career.  In just half a decade, Holzman has built a community based on people who want to do well, and live good.

“We focus on customer service,” he says.  “We’re devoted to offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences, incredible merchandise and luxury vacations that raise funds for non-profits.”

His clients focus on diverse areas — human rights, the environment, medical research, arts, education and more — but all share a passion for making the world a better place.  “I love that we help so many great organizations in such a fun, creative way,” Holzman says.

How “once-in-a-lifetime” is the “Bid to Save the Earth” (get the pun?) auction?

Among the 200 items:

  • Lunch with Vera Wang, followed by a trip to her boutique — with a $10,000 gift certificate
  • An evening of dinner and theater with Sigourney Weaver
  • Courtside seats to a New Jersey Nets game, plus a shooting session with a player (maybe you can teach him something)
  • Dinner with Eli Manning and his wife
  • A day with the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine
  • 2 guitars signed by Emmy Lou Harris, Kid Rock and other music celebrities
  • Meet the cast and visit the set of “Friday Night Lights”
  • A Gucci fashion package, including exclusive merchandise — and tickets to a show in Milan

Been there, done that?  How about a trip to explore the Panama Canal — with Miss Universe 2002.

That should create some “charity buzz” the next time the guys at the diner ask what you’ve been up to lately.

(Details on the online auction are at www.abidtosavetheearth.org.  Bidders must complete a simple registration process with a valid credit card; click here to get started.  Christie’s is partnering with Charitybuzz for the event, which benefits Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council, Central Park Conservancy and Conservation International.)

2 responses to “Coppy Holzman’s Charity Buzz

  1. The Dude Abides

    I am curious. What is the percentage of “adminstrative” costs versus that amout raised and donated to the various causes??????

  2. I second the above question.