06/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Celebrities Hit Auction Block for Human Rights

Ever want to meet Oprah Winfrey? Hop in the pool for a swimming lesson from Michael Phelps? Get fashion advice from Project Runway's Tim Gunn over lunch at Bryant Park? Learn the arts of comedy and paper sales from Steve Carell on the set of The Office? Hone your blogging skills with an internship at the Huffington Post? How about talking politics with the most powerful woman in Washington, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, during a visit to her office or meeting Senator John McCain for some "straight talk"? Make your Hollywood debut as an extra in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood film "Nottingham", starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Seek enlightenment and meet Richard Gere with VIP tickets during His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 2010 trip to NYC. Or ride in a pace car at the Indy 500 and party with track chairman, Mari George.

Supporters and my colleagues at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights have put together these experiences and much more for our Annual Online Auction. With the help of CharityBuzz, the online auction will raise funds supporting the RFK Center's vital work around the globe. The auction is open now and runs until May 28th with new lots added every day.

Other auction highlights include: Visit Ben Stiller or Robert DeNiro on the set of Little Fockers. Take a one-hour singing lesson with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Take a tennis lesson from the legendary Andre Agassi. Spend a "Day of Fashion" at NY Fashion Week with Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. Grab lunch at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills with Warren Beatty. Prepared to be mystified during a private magic show from David Blaine. Watch a taping of The Rachael Ray Show and go backstage. Meet Jennifer Hudson and watch her concert in Nashville. Launch your fashion career interning at Diane Von Furstenberg's NY studio. Attend the Dancing With the Stars finale or dance with former contestant and NFL linebacker, Jason Taylor. Visit the set of House and meet the cast, including star Hugh Laurie. Have dinner with Bill Cosby at Bouley in NYC and enjoy wine from his private collection. Score tickets to the World Series, Final Four and U.S. Open. Get VIP tickets to watch the Washington Capitals or Boston Bruins and even catch a ride on the Zamboni. Watch the New England Patriots take on the Jacksonville Jaguars from the owner's box. Meet Regis Philbin, Chuck Grodin and Alan Alda for lunch in New York. Visit the set of your favorite news shows and meet some of the hosts, including ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 and Larry King Live (and bring home a signed pair of Larry's trademark suspenders), CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer, NBC's Meet the Press and the Today Show, MSNBC's Morning Joe and The Rachel Maddow Show, Fox News' O'Reilly Factor and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. Or hang out with David Foster and one of his friends such as Andrea Bocelli or Katherine Jenkins or maybe Michael Buble in his recording studio.

Plus much more at

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights,, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides innovative support to courageous human rights defenders around the world. It assists advocates who have won the RFK Human Rights Award to boldly confront injustices such as modern day slavery in U.S. agricultural fields, torture in Darfur, and the devastation along the hurricane battered Gulf Coast. Every year the RFK Center honors investigative journalists and authors who bring light to injustice through the RFK Book and Journalism Awards. With the Speak Truth to Power program, the RFK Center educates students worldwide about human rights, the courage of its defenders and the power of individual action.

Support the RFK Center by visiting and bid to give. Visit often and check out the new lots added daily.