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Former KISS Guitarist Bruce Kulick partners with Actress/Stuntwoman Kira Tashjian to Launch an Auction Website Targeting Proceeds to Children's Charity
Los Angeles, CA, December 8, 2000 -- Legendary former KISS and current Grand Funk Railroad lead guitarist Bruce Kulick,joins actress/stuntwoman Kira "Yoshi" Tashjian to form CELEBRITY NEWS AUCTIONS, an Internet auction website and all in the name of charity. With the recent success of Butterfields' KISS auction, and the booming e-commerce Internet bidding website EBAY, Kulick and Tashjian saw a great opportunity to offer celebrity collectables to a mass public and raise money for charity. Items will be offered via EBAY, and portions of the proceeds will go to the ERIC CARR FOUNDATION funding St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
November 24, 2000 marked the 9-year anniversary of KISS drummer Eric Carr's untimely death at age 41 from cancer related complications. Long before his diagnosis with cancer, Carr often donated both his time and money to needy children, including those at St. Jude's Hospital. Collectors can expect a varied selection of one-of-a-kind items to bid on, including a custom-made Ibanez guitar used by Marilyn Manson's JOHN5 on last year's "Mechanical Animals" tour. In addition, a Jim Kelly (Buffalo Bills #12) autographed football, authentic KISS memorabilia and personal affects donated directly from Kulick's own private collection. Expect to see a KISS Asylum RIAA Certified Gold Album award, vintage KISS guitar picks, touring swag, backstage passes, and other rare items. Additional KISS artifacts donated by friends and fans will include several sets of rare drumsticks taken directly from Carr's own touring case, posters, DVD's, and more. Private merchants have also donated items, but most items will be celebrity owned or related. CELEBRITY NEWS AUCTIONS opened officially December 12, 2000.
"Eric was a very charitable person," says Kulick, "and to be involved in a website that will give money to his foundation while having people bid on celebrity collectables is something that I really think he would have enjoyed. It also gives me a great opportunity to empty some of the closets of my own rock trivia for a good cause."
Adds Tashjian, "we are encouraging celebrities in music, film, sports, TV, animation, even private merchants to get involved with donating items that can be auctioned with Eric's fundraiser in mind. We'll continue to provide a service for celebrities to auction their personal collections without the guilt or pressure of donating some or all of their spoils, but so far, their generosity has been immense!"
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