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Charitybuzz Opens Los Angeles Satellite Office

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Los Angeles, CA - Charitybuzz, the leading destination for online charity auctions, is marking $50 million raised for nonprofit organizations by launching its first satellite office in Los Angeles, California. By harnessing technology and pop culture for good, the for-profit Internet company has become an integral fundraising partner for more than 1,000 charities around the globe. Last October, Charitybuzz moved its headquarters from Connecticut to Manhattan, New York. The new Los Angeles Charitybuzz office will help the company provide fundraising and marketing support for the thousands of nonprofits in and around Los Angeles, while giving Hollywood’s entertainment industry and business community a simple way to engage in social good.

“We’re thrilled to announce our new Los Angeles office, which will help charitybuzz maximize on- and off-line support for its many West Coast-based clients,” said Coppy Holzman, CEO and co-founder of Charitybuzz. “There are countless iconic personalities and entertainment companies in Los Angeles that are eager to give back to the causes they care about deeply. We’re excited to build new partnerships that will raise millions more for worthwhile nonprofits around the world.”

Music industry veteran Nichol Carlson has been named Head of West Coast Operations for charitybuzz. Previously, Nichol served as Vice President of Marketing and Artist Development at Sony Music. She plans to use her extensive experience working with high-profile artists and brands to build innovative relationships for charitybuzz across numerous platforms.

“I'm delighted to join the Charitybuzz team and develop a larger presence for the company in my hometown of Los Angeles. There is huge opportunity here to transform experiences the entertainment industry takes for granted into powerful fundraising vehicles for nonprofits,” said Carlson. “Most people I know want to contribute to social good, and Charitybuzz makes it easy to give back by simply sharing access to Hollywood’s magic with bidders around the world.”

Opening a Los Angeles office was a natural next step for the company, which already works with West Coast charities and brands like Nancy Davis’ Race to Erase MS, John Varvatos for Stuart House, C5LA, The Noreen Fraser Foundation, ACLU of Southern California, Charlize Theron African Outreach, Art of Elysium, Communities in Schools, CAA Young Hollywood, the Brent Shapiro Foundation, SAG Awards, Variety Power of Youth, Virgin Unite and many more.

“Charitybuzz has helped Communities In Schools leverage the power of our celebrity and non-celebrity supporters to raise more than $120,000 over the past year by working together,” said Deborah Marcus, president of the Los Angeles affiliate of Communities In Schools, the nation’s leading high school dropout prevention organization. “With a Charitybuzz office now open in Los Angeles, we look forward to elevating our relationship to new heights. Simply put, they are the best at what they do, and there is no better team to have the privilege of working with to raise money to support our efforts.

Charitybuzz, which launched just six years ago, has worked with hundreds of the world’s most coveted celebrities and luxury brands to generate millions in funds for nonprofits. By championing a “Do Good Live Well” philosophy, the online company has built a community of more than 60,000 bidders who use the site to pursue once-in-a-lifetime experiences ranging from $500 VIP tickets to invite-only events to $75,000 meet and greets with A-list celebrities to $250,000 limited-edition luxury cars, which ultimately benefit charity.

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