GENE SIMMONS Says He Was Blown Away By Success Of Dinner Auction

April 23, 2007

A&E network has announced its "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" charity auction raised a notable $76,770 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Fans and supporters alike flocked to the auction from March 25 to April 4 to bid on a dinner with Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed, stars of the hit A&E television series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" — making it the most watched item on eBay for the duration of the auction.

The auctioned VIP dinner drew over 200,000 unique visitors during the duration of the online auction. The winning bid of $75,100 was placed by Richard Craven of the U.K., who will enjoy a weekend of rock star treatment with three guests in Los Angeles. The package includes round trip air fare, two nights stay in deluxe accommodations, and the main attraction — an exclusive dinner with Gene and Shannon.

"We were blown away with the success of the auction," said Simmons. "I want to thank all the fans that visited the auction over the last couple of weeks. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a great cause that we're happy to support."

"We are very pleased to support The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation," said Andrew Wise, Vice President, Consumer Products, A&E Television Networks. "We are really thrilled with the auction results and I want to thank Gene and Shannon for donating their time in support of this important cause."

Net proceeds from the Gene Simmons Family Jewels eBay Giving Works auction will be donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, whose mission is to create a future of hope for children and families worldwide by eradicating pediatric AIDS and providing care and treatment to people with HIV/AIDS.

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