Russell Simmons, Snoop Dogg Auctioning Time On eBay For Charity

Record executive/Mogul

Russell Simmons and rapper Snoop Dogg are tapping into the power of the Internet

to aid youth and victims of Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita.

Simmons, founder

of Def Jam and CEO of Rush Communications, is taking part in the fourth annual

Lunch With A Leader celebrity online auction, which started Feb. 10 on eBay

and ends Feb. 20.

"Good leaders

make good servants," Simmons told AllHipHop.com. "It’s a great program

and I am glad for the opportunity to serve them."

Dozens of celebrities

will donate an hour of their time, which will be auctioned off to the highest

bidder. All proceeds will benefit Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest

dropout prevention organization.

Alicia Keys, Earvin

"Magic" Johnson and Patti LaBelle are among the artists participating

in the auction, along with Dan Glickman, the Motion Picture Association of America’s

chairman and CEO; Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios; and Richard

Lovett, president of Creative Artists Agency.

"It is very

reassuring to know that we can rely upon our friends in the entertainment industry

to assist us in our mission of keeping kids in school," said Bill Milliken,

founder and vice chairman of Communities In Schools. "The dropout issue

has become a large problem in the United States and these leaders are helping

make a difference in children’s lives."

For more information

visit www.ebay.com/lunchwithaleader/

In related news,

Snoop Dogg has teamed with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation to take part

in the Housewarming for Habitat celebrity auction on eBay to help raise funds

for victims of Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita.

The auction features

various personal items donated by recording, television, movie and sports legends.

Items up for bid

include an hour in the studio with Snoop Dogg, a copy of the script to "One

Few Over The Cuckoo’s News" signed by producer Michael Douglas, a round

of golf with veteran actor Samuel L. Jackson, and a round of golf with NBA legend

Clyde Drexler.

Donald Trump,

Charlie Sheen, Dr. Phil and others are also auctioning personal items to help

in the effort to rebuild houses.

All proceeds are

being donated to the Habitat For Humanity Operation Home Delivery Fund, which

will help rebuild the thousands of homes destroyed by Katrina and Rita.

"I toured

the Gulf Coast region after the storms and the devastation was absolutely overwhelming;

television pictures did not do it justice," said Jim Gillespie, president

and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. "Now, six months out,

it is critical to continue fundraising so that the destroyed areas can be rebuilt.

With the help of generous celebrities…we hope to raise significant dollars

for the Operation Home Delivery Fund."

Previews of the

items available for auction are available at www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker and

live bidding starts Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. E.T.

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