Get In On The Charity Scene Without Ever Leaving Your Home

by BRITTA LOFGREN · July 23, 2010

    Love charity auctions but hate the actual events? Well, if you'd rather spend your evenings in the Hamptons roasting marshmallows around a campfire or watching marathons of Law & Order, we have someone you should meet: CharityBuzz.

    For the really busy, really rich, or just really lazy, gives users VIP access to all the top charity event auctions without actually having to attend the event.  Kind of like those phone-in bidders you see on crazy exaggerated TV auctions, the site acts as your liaison to the auction, giving you the chance to bid on all the best items at the events, like dinner for 10 catered by Chef Todd English at the Forbes Magazine Townhouse, fashion week tickets to shows including Caroline Herrera, or the chance to take to the Broadway stage with Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore.

    We spoke with Glenda Luft at to get the scoop on the best bids to make this weekend.  Her picks?

    Escape to Paradise with a One-Week Stay at Patricia Velasquez’s Private Villa on Margarita Island to benefit RUSH Philanthropic's Art for Life

    A Private Shopping Experience at Ralph Lauren Southampton w/ $500 Gift Certificate to benefit Southampton Animal Shelter

    Enjoy Dinner for four with Real Housewives of New York Star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps in NYC  to benefit RUSH Philanthropic's Art for Life

    Two Tickets to the Carolina Herrera Fashion Show this September 2010  to benefit RUSH Philanthropic's Art for Life

    Meet Tommy Hilfiger, Tour the Office and Enjoy a $2000 Shopping Spree to benefit RUSH Philanthropic's Art for Life

    VIP Access and Bottle Service for You and Four Friends at The Eldridge to benefit The American Red Cross of Suffolk County

    Internship at Def Jam Enterprises to benefit The American Red Cross of Suffolk County

    Meet Cynthia Rowly at a Private Shopping Party for 50 of Your Closest Friends at Her Bleecker Street Store to benefit Southhampton Animal Shelter

    Bidding is open throughout the summer to benefit dozens of Hamptons organizations, including the American Red Cross of Suffolk County, The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital, RUSH Philanthropic, Love Heals, the Southhampton Animal Foundation and more.

    To date, Charitybuzz has raised more than $40 million for charity by giving its bidders exclusive opportunities to make a difference.