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Tom Hanks raises $26,000 for Stings charity

Houston Chronicle

964 days ago   Article ID# 1537334
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (Houston Chronicle) - Tom Hanks raised $26,000 for Sting’s rainforest charity by personally selling off a voicemail message at a star-studded auction in New York on Tuesday night.

Sir Elton John, Bruno Mars and Jennifer Hudson were among the famous faces who performed at a benefit concert at Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall to raise money for Sting’s Rainforest Fund, and after the show, a charity auction took place at The Pierre hotel.

Sting took to the auctioneer’s podium himself to sell off tickets to one of his upcoming gigs for $23,000, but his total was trumped by Hanks, who personally sold off a voicemail message.

He offered to leave a message for the winning bidder in the style of one of his famous characters, either Forrest Gump or Toy Story’s Woody, telling the audience, “I’ll do your whole menu. Press 1 for Parts and Service! Press 2 for Speedy Delivery!”

His sales pitch worked and the lot went for $26,000, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.

Guests at the action included Sir Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Bruno Mars and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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Updated 964 days ago   Article ID# 1537334

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