WASHINGTON (April 19, 2006)–National Geographic will host the first of a two-part charity auction series on eBay this month. On April 26, items from the National Geographic Home Collection will be listed on eBay.com as a fundraising effort to raise awareness and support for the World Cultures Fund. The auction, run through eBay Giving Works, eBay’s dedicated program for charity listings, will close at 4 p.m. (ET) on May 3. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the National Geographic’s World Cultures Fund.
Several culturally inspired furniture and decorative accessories from National Geographic’s award-winning West Indies, Tropic Winds and South America home collections will be featured in the auction. For a complete list of the items, visit: www.NGSauction.com.
“By having access to beautiful things that are culturally significant, people can truly share in the National Geographic Society’s passion and vision for preserving and celebrating world cultures,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s vice president of licensing, soft lines.
In 2003 National Geographic established the World Cultures Fund to support the work of archeologists, anthropologists, photographers, filmmakers and other professionals working in remote corners of the planet to preserve and document world cultures. Among the variety of projects made possible by the World Cultures Fund is the work of National Geographic Fellow Fredrik Hiebert. During the course of his grant work with the Society, Hiebert has documented more than 22,000 lost treasures from the Silk Road region and effectively preserved the origins of this historical crossroads. For more information about the World Cultures Fund, visit: www.nationalgeographic.com/donate/wcf.html.
In September National Geographic will host a second auction, also run through eBay Giving Works. In addition to items from existing collections, decorative objects and home furnishings from the National Geographic Provence Collection and National Geographic Côte d’Azur Collection will be included in the charity auction.
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