William Shatner Announces Online Auction To Benefit Charity

William Shatner Announces Online Auction To Benefit Charity

By Amanda Joyce Apr 07, 2015 04:07 PM
Photo Credit: NBC/Paramount Television

William Shatner made a name for himself on the campy original Star Trek series as Captain James T. Kirk, and the actor has never underestimated the power of the Captain’s reach. A philanthropist who lends his support to nearly two dozen charities every year, the actor knows how to use the power of celebrity for good. This is the 25th year of the Priceline.Com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, and the event, which takes place on April 25 is preceeded by a silent auction online - something he couldn’t do when hosting years ago.

The Charity Horse Show draws quite a bit of celebrity interest these days - REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, Bryan Hitt, and David Amato are joining the dinner following the show this year - but in an effort to raise the most amount of money for the charity, Shatner created an online auction so that those who cannot attend the event in Los Angeles can still raise money for the charities the show supports.

The show splits its profits amongst several groups in the Los Angeles area, including, AHEAD With Horses, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and The Painted Turtle. While the show itself is free to the public, numerous activities throughout the course of the event are used to raise money.

The silent auction, which you can see here, includes vacation packages, jewelry, iPads, massages, and more. The big draw of the auction though is the pop culture pieces. Shatner enlists the help of his famous friends every year to get unique, and often autographed, pieces of pop culture. This year’s fare includes props from The Big Bang Theory, a signed Agent Carter one sheet, a Once Upon A Time script signed by the cast, lunch with Michael Narducci (co-executive producer of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals), a Captain America: Winter Soldier poster signed by Stan Lee, signed posters from the cast of The Flash and Arrow, and numerous pieces from Supernatural and Agents of SHIELD.

Though none of the signed pieces come with certificates of authenticity, you can check Shatner’s twitter feed to see him verifying signatures and donated pieces if you don’t believe him. (On April 6, Ming-Na Wen even took a break from filming to get him the correct names that corresponded to all the Agents of SHIELD signatures.)

The auction lasts through April 26 for fans who want to give a little and get a great piece of pop culture in return. The Charity Horse Show is at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California on April 25, and will be followed by a live auction, led by William Shatner.

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