‘TODAY’ SHOW AUTOGRAPH BOOK GOES ON EBAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF AMERICA

‘TODAY’ SHOW AUTOGRAPH BOOK GOES ON EBAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF AMERICA
Published: January 8, 2003

photo preview / download NEW YORK — January 8, 2003 — It has been touched, and even kissed by the many celebrities, politicians and newsmakers that come through “Today’s” Studio 1A and Washington bureau everyday. Now, for the fourth consecutive year, “Today’s” 2002 Green Room Autograph book is hitting eBay to raise money for Boys and Girls Club of America. The auction begins today at www.ebay.com/todayshow and ends the afternoon of Friday, January 17. “Today” will announce the winning bid and bidder on the Monday, January 20 show.

This year’s book has over 500 John Hancock’s from such guests as Will Smith, Britney Spears, Serena Williams, George Clooney, Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Jessica Parker, Yogi Berra, Faith Hill, Al Gore, Jennifer Lopez, Stephen King, Jerry Seinfeld, Tony Bennett, and numerous athletes from the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The collection also includes notes, doodles, pictures, and even lip prints from some of the guests.

Since 1999, “Today” has raised over $250,000 for charity with the Green Room Book project. Past beneficiaries include the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, the Hospice of Palm Beach County and America’s Second Harvest.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this year’s auction on eBay will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (B&GCA) efforts to build more new Clubs for children in need of a “safe haven” during the important after-school hours. Long recognized as one of the fastest-growing youth service organizations in the country, last year B&GCA opened a new Club every day of the week, for a total of more than 3,000 serving some 3.3 million young people.

Recently ranked as one of the most efficient nonprofits in terms of the use of donor dollars by Worth and Forbes magazines, Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides guidance-oriented programs on a daily basis for children 6-18-years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key programs emphasize character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

Tom Touchet is the executive producer of “Today” (Monday – Friday, 7-10 a.m.).

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