The company Charitybuzz , dedicated to raising money for charity, today put up for auction something that many Apple fans and general public would like: a lunch with Apple’s Head of Services, Eddy Cue , in the newly built Apple Park in Cupertino , California.
The auction has a estimated starting price of $50,000 . Bids can be placed from today until next Tuesday, July 25 , at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time, in support of the non-profit organization, Autism Movement Therapy , based in Van Nuys, California. This NGO works mainly with children with different degrees of autism, to promote through therapy the expressiveness of movement and the skills needed to be able to perform their job correctly, translating into meaningful, dignified jobs for people with autism and similar disorders, according to Charitybuzz .
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“Now you have the opportunity to have lunch with Eddy Cue, Apple’s Chief Service Officer, at Apple’s impressive new 175-acre headquarters in Cupertino, where you will learn more about Apple’s global and online services. Take this rare opportunity to see “Apple Park” before anyone else and engage in a face-to-face conversation with one of the most innovative business minds of our generation.” This is how the website announces Charitybuzz the auction started this very morning. In this link you can access the current bidding process.
Cue, who is officially senior vice president of Software and Internet Services, currently oversees iWork and iLife packages for Apple iTunes, Apple Music, Apple Pay, Siri, Apple Maps, iCloud and Apple productivity applications. He held a similar lunchtime auction a few weeks ago, raising a total of $255,000 in support of the non-profit National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri.
The private meeting will be scheduled on a mutually agreed date between 1 August 2017 and 30 June 2018. The winner of the auction must be at least 18 years old or older. The cost of food and gratuity is included, but travel and accommodation are not. The experience cannot be resold, re-auctioned or transferred. It is also important to know that lunch does not include a formal tour within the facilities of Apple Park , nor are photographs allowed, according to Charitybuzz’s own website.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently raised over $680,000 again at a lunch meeting for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights . It is worth noting the effort and interest shown by Apple’s personalities in the charity auctions for various reasons.
And being Eddy Cue one of the direct responsibles of Itunes, I’m sure you’ll be interested in this news today.