NEW YORK, August 22, 2007 — Hey Nation! Stephen Colbert is auctioning off his cast for charity. Get ready to start placing your bids on the cast signed by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Katie Couric, Bill O’Reilly, Nancy Pelosi, Tim Russert, Tony Snow and Brian Williams. The celebrity-signed cast (photo available upon request) will be posted on the eBay auction block after Thursday night’s show on August 23 with bids being accepted through Monday, September 3. The winning bid will be announced on-air the week of September 10 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Yellow Ribbon Fund.
In addition to the eBay auction, Colbert has created a red Wrist Strong bracelet. He first donned the Wrist Strong bracelet on the show on Monday, August 20. While there is only one cast to win, everyone in Colbert Nation can still be a Hero by purchasing Wrist Strong bracelets via www.colbertnation.com and www.comedycentral.com. Proceeds will also be donated to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.
“If I had known that it would give me the opportunity to help our wounded veterans, I would have shattered my triquetrum a long time ago!” Colbert said.
The Yellow Ribbon Fund www.yellowribbonfund.org assists injured service members and their families while they recuperate at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center by offering housing, transportation, job mentoring and internships, as well as tickets to sporting and cultural events.
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