Celebrity auction benefits Salvation Army


By Erica Andrews

Tennis rackets, cowboy hats and shoes owned by the celebrities of NBC’s Today Show were auctioned off on Ebay to help support The Salvation Army. The auction, called “Today’s” Tag Sale began Oct. 5 and ended Oct. 9. The total amount raised was more than $9,551 with all the proceeds going directly to The Salvation Army’s rehabilitation centers.

Ann Curry, Matt Lauer and Lester Holt provided the top earning packages. Curry donated the torch she carried at the Salt Lake City Olympic games in 2002, a pink mariachi hat and heels—selling for $3,000. Holt, a great bass player who enjoys practicing in his office, auctioned off his Ibanez bass guitar—selling for $1,525. And rounding out the top was Lauer, who donated a boomerang, ties and a beaded face of himself done by a local artist in South Africa—which sold for $1,277.

Many others from the show also donated items, including Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

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