How does a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado filled with earthquake supplies sound? That’s the grand prize among dozens available in the sixth annual California Earthquake Authority-sponsored auction.
The California Earthquake Authority and iHeartMedia are collaborating in the auction to raise funds for American Red Cross disaster-preparedness and relief efforts in California.
The 2017 Get Prepared, California! Auction continues through April 30 and offers concert and sports packages, celebrity meet-and-greets and other once-in-a-lifetime items up for bid.
Last year’s auction raised more than $174,000. And this year’s proceeds could increase the total amount raised to more than $1 million.
It would be enough for the Red Cross to distribute 200,000 blankets at shelters, distribute 100,000 hot meals at shelters or through mobile feeding vehicles in communities affected by earthquakes. It could also buy 400,000 “comfort kits” full of toiletries and personal items to help people in the aftermath of a disaster.
Highlights of this year’s auction include:
• A Chevy Colorado filled with earthquake supplies.
• An invite to a private after-hours party at a California Disney Theme Park.
• Upfront tickets to see a sold-out Bruno Mars show in Las Vegas, with a two-night stay.
• Opportunities to meet musical acts and celebrities, like Muse, Mario Lopez, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, and Weezer.
• Rose Bowl tickets and an autographed guitar from Green Day.
• Billboard Music Awards tickets and after-party access.
• Multiple Los Angeles Dodgers experiences, such as a chance to throw the first pitch.
• A trip for two to see an NFL game in London, with a five-night stay.
• A ride on the Goodyear Blimp.
Scientists believe there’s more than a 99-percent chance of a magnitude-6.7 earthquake occurring in California in the next 30 years. Many people are not prepared to survive and recover from a damaging quake.
CEA and the Red Cross are working together to address the preparedness gap and help more Californians prepare for risks in earthquake country.
The Red Cross has more than 27,000 volunteers in California who provide disaster-relief support and teach disaster-preparedness training.
To view auction items, bid and learn about earthquake preparedness, visit: GetPreparedCalifornia.org.