Last week Patricia Watt, a theater producer who splits her time between Southampton and New York, placed a silent auction on charitybuzz.com, which generated money from some surprising sources. The auction was held to raise cash for the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, a dance extravaganza and awards show she produces. Held in the city in June, awards are bestowed upon dancers and choreographers in theater and film by top-name entertainers.
Her auction lots competed on the site against such other lots as an opportunity to meet Lady Gaga and receive a pair of V.I.P. tickets to an upcoming show (with the auction ending Jan. 14, the current bid is already significantly over the estimated value of $10,000) and a chance to take tea with the president and chief creative officer of Kate Spade New York, Deborah Lloyd, including a $1,000 shopping spree to its Madison Avenue flagship store.
In the past, Ms. Watt has auctioned off a wardrobe makeover by Countess Luann de Lesseps, who lives in Sag Harbor and appears on the TV show “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and advice from Janis Spindel, a matchmaker who lives in Bridgehampton.
“Charity Buzz has been invaluable in helping us raise needed funds for our dance therapy program for autistic children in New York City,” Ms. Watt said, referring to the cause to which her foundation contributes.
Last week Ms. Watt offered several lots including a signed painting by Burt Young, an actor and artist best known for his role in the film “Rocky.” The lots also included drinks with Mr. Young and tickets to the Broadway show based on the film.
Also up for grabs were tickets to “The Jersey Boys” and a chance to meet the cast, an internship with Anna Bergman, a singer who performs regularly at Guild Hall, a five-night stay at the Creacon Lodge, in Wexford, Ireland, and drinks with Joe Morton, an actor who is best known for his roles in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Speed,” and who currently plays a recurring character on “Scandal,” a TV series.
What amazed Ms. Watt was that while the high-profile Mr. Morton’s lot sold for $1,800, a relatively unknown boutique Brooklyn public relations firm, Media Blitz, specializing in music, theater, and film, garnered $3,000 for an internship. Said Ms. Watt: “It was crazy. Internships usually don’t sell so well. At the end of the auction, the guy who got it was bidding against himself.”
On another note, the Astaire Awards’ kickoff party will be held at Ivy on Eighth Avenue in New York on Jan. 13.