A startup company called Omaze raises money for charities by offering everyone the chance to win a personal rendezvous with a favorite celebrity for just $10, including airfare.
Last year the for-profit company raised three million dollars for a variety of charities. This year, thanks to celebrities like George Clooney and Seth Rogen who donated a few hours of their time, Omaze is on track to give away nearly $18 million.
- Hanging backstage with Bono and going home with an autographed guitar
- Joining quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the sideline
- Going to an NBA game with Magic Johnson
- Getting a piggyback ride from Jimmy Kimmel
One past winner even got to ride in a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger, crushing things before going to a gym to work out. Each event raises money for a different charity. In that case, entry fees went to help After-School All-Stars, a program that funds after-school fitness programs for kids.
To provide a-mazing experiences for their lucky winners, Omaze.com keeps 20 percent of the net proceeds to cover the costs for marketing, PR, and fulfillment costs.
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