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Annual GLIDE Power of One Charity Lunch Auction

Hosted by Salesforce Chair and CEO Marc Benioff and Powered by eBay

Raises $1.5 Million

Power Lunch Auction Ended Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm PDT


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May 11, 2024

Denise Lamott, 415-235-6458

GLIDE’s annual Power of One Charity Lunch Auction with Salesforce Chair and CEO Marc Benioff raises $1.5 Million. While the winning bid closed at $200,100.00, the winning bidder committed $1.5 million to celebrate the new era of the Power of One Charity Lunch Auction to dine with Chair and CEO Marc Benioff, and support the work of the GLIDE Foundation.

Bidding for this year’s Power of One Charity Lunch Auction was powered by longtime auction partner eBay.  The winning bidder will enjoy a memorable lunch for eight with Benioff. Bidding started at $25,000.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate Marc Benioff as our new host for the Power of One Charity Lunch Auction. With this tradition, we channel the spirit of the late Cecil Williams and his vision of unconditional love and a more just and peaceful world,” said Dr. Gina M. Fromer, GLIDE President and CEO. “In collaboration with Marc and eBay, we are deeply grateful that this tradition, now 22 years in the making, will continue to support GLIDE’s work for generations to come.”

WHO:  Anonymous

The auction launched on Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 pm PDT and closed on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm PDT. The Lunch will take place on a mutually decided date and time.

Auction: eBay.com/GLIDE

GLIDE’s Power of One Charity Lunch Auction, an exclusive auction launched by Warren Buffett more than 20 years ago, and now hosted by Salesforce Chair and CEO Marc Benioff is a one-of-a-kind event that has raised $53 million to support GLIDE’s transformative programs and services that lift people out of poverty, hunger, and homelessness, and advance equity through systems change.

Conceived by the late Susie Buffett, GLIDE launched the Power of One Charity Lunch Auction in 2000 and initially raised $25,000. In 2003, at Warren Buffett’s suggestion, the auction moved to eBay attracting bidders from all over the world, and since then, has raised more than $53 million to support GLIDE. Buffett’s grand finale Power of One Charity Lunch Auction in 2022 raised a record-breaking $19 million. eBay for Charity is one of the world’s largest charitable platforms, enabling eBay’s global community of 132 million buyers to support the causes that matter most to them.

Over the past 21 years, eBay has powered the legendary auction on the eBay for Charity platform, opening the doors for participation by its worldwide charitable community.

The funds raised by the Power of One Charity Lunch Auction help GLIDE extend its reach and deepen its impact. A cornerstone organization in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, GLIDE’s services have expanded to meet the challenges of the aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased opioid overdoses and widening income disparity. GLIDE implements evidence-based solutions that help more people in need exit crises and find stability and pathways out of poverty. Focused on impact and combating systems that foster inequity, GLIDE is influencing institutions of power, advancing policies and investments that break intergenerational cycles of poverty and homelessness.

For more than six decades spanning political, economic and cultural changes, GLIDE has served as a social justice movement, social service provider and spiritual community dedicated to strengthening communities and transforming lives. GLIDE is a nationally-recognized center for equity, dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives. Through our integrated comprehensive services, advocacy initiatives, and inclusive community, we empower individuals, families, and children to achieve stability and thrive. GLIDE is on the forefront of addressing some of society’s most pressing issues, including poverty, housing and homelessness, and racial and social justice.

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About eBay for Charity
eBay for Charity enables members of the eBay community to connect with and support their favorite charities when they buy or sell in the U.S. and abroad. Sellers can donate up to 100 percent of the proceeds to a charity of their choice, while buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. To date, more than $1.3 billion dollars has been raised for charity by the eBay community, and the program is on track to raise an additional $600 million by 2025. Visit www.eBayforCharity.org for more information.

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