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byline:  Jennifer Campbell
source:  The Ottawa Citizen
date:  Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Here's the scoop on auction fundraiser
Pay to spend time with members of the business media

Want to spend some time with Ottawa's business media personalities? You can - but it'll cost you.

This week, Executives on Auction kicked off its second business media event in which you can bid to be one of six people to spend five hours of quality time with eight members of the media. The event includes a prime rib buffet dinner at the Corel Centre's Senate Club, followed by an evening of watching an Ottawa Senators game from Bell Canada's box.

The volunteers on auction are: Scott Anderson, the Citizen's Editor-in-chief; John Brenner, News Director/CHUM Radio Ottawa; Paul Brent, anchor and assignment editor at CJOH-TV; Janet Eastman, host and associate producer of Ottawa Citizen Business TV; Geoff Matthews, Ottawa Sun business reporter; Derek Mellon, former managing editor of the Ottawa Business Journal; Colin Trethewey, CTV echnology reporter; and Simon Tuck, technology reporter for the Globe and Mail.

When the Dec. 7 event rolls around, each one of the auction volunteers will have chosen a charity. The proceeds will be divided among them. So far, the volunteers have named the Snowsuit Fund, Humane Society of Ottawa, LiveWorkPlay, CHEO's Oncology unit, The Candlelighters and the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society.

Bidders who want to guarantee one of the six spots can simply bid $1000.

This is the second year Executives on Auction has held a business media personalities auction.

Last year, the event raised upward of $2000. This year, organisers are trying something new:  Bidders who want to guarantee one of the six spots can simply bid $1000. "That's if you don't want the hassle of last-minute bidding." said John Ernst, executive director of Executives on Auction.

The bidding takes place online at executivesonauction.com/Bell.html. It closes at noon on Dec. 5.