Bid on a day in LA with ‘The Simpsons’ producer and alum Joel Cohen

During September, eBay Canada is putting exotic items up for bids to support 13 Canadian charities – including the York University Foundation – as part of a new fundraising campaign called Auctions for Action.

Every three days since Sept. 2, Auctions for Action has been putting up for bids such unusual items as attending a Masai naming ceremony or picking up a Volvo in Sweden.

York’s item goes on the auction block Sept. 26-Oct. 3. And for fans of "The Simpsons", it will be irresistible. As personal guests of York alumnus Joel Cohen (MBA ’92), Emmy Award-winning writer and executive producer of the show, the winners will sit at an exclusive table reading of an all-new episode of "The Simpsons" and see at work the actors behind the voices of characters such as Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa. The winners will also join Cohen for breakfast.

Left: Joel Cohen

The package for two includes return economy flight to Los Angeles from an agreed-upon North American city, two nights’ accommodation, transportation to and from the airport in LA, an autographed script and a gift package.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit graduate student scholarships at York and will be double-matched by an Ontario government matching-gift program.

eBay created Auctions for Action after a recent poll showed that Canadians aged 18 to 34 are more likely to increase their charitable donations by up to 74 per cent if they are able to participate in an exciting or unique experience.

Other participating Canadian charities include Toronto East General Hospital, Baycrest, Children’s Miracle Network and Ducks Unlimited Canada.