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Charity Report: Montel Williams to Host MS Charity Auction Online

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The Montel Williams MS Foundation will be hosting a special online auction to run in conjunction with the inaugural Gala & Pro-Celebrity Poker Challenge. Both events will take place on Thursday, March 13th, though the auction will continue to run until Wednesday, April 2nd at 8pm.

The auction will be held at www.CharityFolks.com beginning at 11am EST on March 13th with some incredible items up for bid. One is a 2000 silver metallic Plymouth Prowler automobile that was previously owned and signed by Lance Bass of N’SYNC. The limited edition vehicle is in mint condition with only 7,500 miles on it. Another item is a prize package for four to a New York Jets 2008 regular season home football game with a pre-game VIP reception and field passes to watch warm-ups. Also up for grabs in the online auction is a prize package that contains entry for two to the Third Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament and Casino Night at the Playboy Mansion, a $1500 seat into the tournament, full open bar and dinner, Mansion Tour by the Playboy Playmates.

There are many more prizes that have been generously donated to the auction, the proceeds from which will benefit the Montel Williams MS Foundation. Visit www.CharityFolks.com, register, view the items, and prepare to bid.

The corresponding poker tournament will be held on March 13th in New York City at Capriani 42nd Street. As a part of the Montel Williams MS Foundation Gala & Pro-Celebrity Poker Challenge, there will be a cocktail reception, poker tournament, and awards presentation. The venue will be transformed into a roaring 1920’s speakeasy with live music, special guest performances, and sideline attractions such as poker lessons, dancing, and opportunities to win prizes.

The gala is being sponsored by Continental Airlines and hosted by Emme and Robin Givens, along with Montel Williams. The poker tournament will be emceed by Montel Williams and Robert Daily. Tickets start at $1000 and can be purchased by calling (212) 843-1745 or visiting www.MontelMS.org.

All proceeds from the auction and the gala will go to the Montel Williams MS Foundation, which is dedicated to furthering the scientific study of multiple sclerosis (MS). Its goals are to provide financial assistance to select organizations and institutions conducting the most current research and to raise national awareness about MS.

Montel Williams has battled MS for many years – publicly since 1999 when he announced it on his television talk show. He founded the organization in order to ensure that every dollar raised would go toward research and a subsequent cure. “The world needs to mobilize against MS,” he stated on his website, “and knock it out for good.”

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