For logistical reasons and to allow everyone uninterrupted enjoyment of the great food and music that will be featured at the Sept. 29 “Black, White & Read All Over” celebration of the daily Times-Picayune, we will end the TP7 Talent & Treasures online auction at 6 PM, Thursday, Sept. 27, so please bid NOW!
Although almost all items have now exceeded their minimum bids, any items that do not by the auction’s closing time will be available for purchase at the Sept. 29 event in New Orleans.
Notable items available online via the auction site at http://benefitevents.com/auctions/dashthirtydash/ include:
- VIP tickets to Anderson Cooper’s talk show, followed by a backstage meet-and-greet with the star. Cooper developed a passionate New Orleans following with his emotional coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for CNN in 2005.
- VIP tickets to a taping of The Ellen Show. Host Ellen DeGeneres is a NOLA native.
- VIP tickets to the fourth hour of the TODAY Show and backstage meet-and-greet with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and former New Orleans WWL-TV anchor Hoda Kotb.
- Underwood typewriter, circa 1932, used by legendary sports writer Pete Finney when he first came to the T-P‘s now-defunct sister newspaper, the States-Item, in 1945. Finney, 84, still reports for the newspaper.
- VIP passes to a live taping of “Meet the Press“ followed by an on-set photo op with moderator David Gregory, donated by NOLA native and MTP executive producer Betsy Fischer Martin.
- Original cartoons by current T-P political cartoonist Steve Kelley, who is one of the hundreds losing his job, and his two predecessors, Pulitzer Prize-winning Walt Handelsman and Mike Luckovich.
- Breakfast, coffee or lunch with NOLA native and CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien.
- Four VIP passes to ABC’s “Good Morning America” along with complete studio tour and “face time” during the live outdoor weather shot provided by T-P alum and ABC “World News Tonight” anchor Rob Nelson.
- All expenses-paid Lake Pontchartrain fishing expedition with T-P Pulitzer Prize-winning Outdoors Editor Bob Marshall, who declined an offer to remain with the newspaper following the upcoming changes, and Capt. Dudley Vandenborre.
- A quilt by the newspaper’s Food Editor Judy Walker, with panels made from scores of Times-Picayune t-shirts created over the years.
- Custom “Black, White & Red All Over” millinery by eponymous New Orleans apparel designer Yvonne LeFleur.
Winners of featured items will be announced at the party.
Information and tickets to the event, 6-9 PM on Sept. 29 at The Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans’ Warehouse District, are available by clicking here.