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Celebrities get tons of gift bags. And while they don't need 10 iPods or another gym membership, one New York event is doing something good with all that extra swag. The third annual Gift Bags for Good Auction, presented by Fiji Water, takes place tomorrow night to benefit the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation and Water Partners International, which helps provide clean drinking water to the people of Tigray, Ethiopia.

For a mere $20 you can sip cocktails at the W, dance to the music of DJ Josh Madden (yes, that Madden) and bid on low-priced celebrity goods. Last year I made off with three bags full of fun goods. Just think of it like this. You could spend hundreds on a seat at a charity dinner and leave with a candle and tote bag, or you could set your own price and make off with bags full of amazing stuff you actually want.

Among this years goodies are bags from the SAG Awards, MTV, The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, donations from Kelly Bensimon and Khloe Kardashian, as well as brands like Stuart Weitzman, Bliss, Pop Beauty, Lacoste and much more.

The event takes place Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the W Union Square, 201 Park Avenue South. Admission is $20, and you must RSVP to And if you can't make it, you can still bid online for some of the choicer options at

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