Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Television Academy Auctions Off Betty White and Aziz Ansari

Calling all television fans with a little extra dough to spend for a good cause. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is holding an online auction of some really amazing TV memorabilia and experiences. If you love TV as much as we do, you'll want to check this out. The auction ends on August 1, 2010, so plan your bidding strategy now.

Proceeds from the auction, hosted by eBay Giving Works, will benefit the Archive of American Television. They are the fabulous wing of the TV Academy that conducts all the amazing interviews with TV legends that we often post right here. In addition, funds will go to the Foundation's educational programs, which include scholarships and seminars.

So far the big money items include A Family Guy table read experience for two (current bid $6,100), tickets to this year's Primetime Emmys and HBO Afterparty (current bid $2,025) and a fireman's helmet signed by Rescue Me's Denis Leary (current bid $1,775.15). Also raising big money is a set visit to The Young and the Restless with Kate Linder (current bid $2,025), tickets to the So You Think You Can Dance finale (current bid $1,725), and a set visit to Parks and Recreation with Aziz Ansari (current bid $910).

If those prices are too deep for your pockets, you might want to get in on the action for the signed, framed swatch of one of Tony Shalhoub's Monk suits (current bid $127.50) or a Men of a Certain Age script autographed by Ray Romano (current bid $100).

If we had more cash, we'd be bidding on the Hot in Cleveland VIP tickets and set tour with Betty White (current bid $$1,425). That item is sure to raise a lot of cash for the Foundation.

Here's an interview Betty did for the Academy, long before she became the latest "it girl." Here she talks about an early career choice that may have changed a lot of things.

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