Jessica Biel charity-auction date raises $30,000


2006-07-20 13:52
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Jessica Biel charity-auction date raises $30,000 

A date with Esquire's "The Sexiest Woman Alive" and "7th Heaven" star Jessica Biel raised $30,000 to help a teenager who lost her leg in a prom night limousine accident.

Denver media reported the winning bid Tuesday came from a man identified only as John. In all the event dubbed "Mollypalooza" raised $38,000 help Molly Bloom's family with medical expenses, organizers told the television stations and the Rocky Mountain News.

Bloom lost a leg and part of her pelvis in the May 13 accident and was undergoing rehabilitation at a Denver hospital.

"(Biel) has this opportunity to create a buzz that would provide some support and she's more than happy to do that," Jonathan Biel, Biel's father told KMGH-TV. He said it was his daughter's idea to hold the auction for a lunch date.

The young man in a dark, striped suit, with close-cropped hair who was wearing a white tie outbid another young man's bid of $23,500, the Rocky Mountain News reported.

"I'm a senior vice president for an oil and gas company in Denver," the News quoted him as saying after he was brought up to the stage.

Biel, a Boulder native who was on location in Italy, wasn't at the fundraiser Tuesday, but taped an audio message where she said: "I promise, I'm a cheap date." The lunch date will happen Aug. 18 when Biel is in town to receive a humanitarian award, organizers told the stations.

Organizer contact Jeanne Lee did not immediately return phone or e-mail messages left by The Associated Press.

Bloom was run over and dragged about 38 feet by a Hummer stretch limousine, police said. Limousine driver Stanley D. Sample, 38, faces a misdemeanor charge of careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury.

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