The idea of a charity auction where you get to meet your favorite star or have dinner with them or attend a premiere always sounds like a great idea. You help a worthwhile cause and get to spend time with a celebrity. The problem is though that it seems the bigger the star, the more disappointing your experience. Whether it is Scarlett J just passing you a note saying hello instead of being your date to a premiere, or any number of other instances where the person donating the money feels ripped off by what they were promised and what they actually received in return, this is not unusual.
In the latest didn't get what I paid for case, TMZ is reporting that a man is suing The Lili Care Foundation because he donated $30,000 to the foundation just to get to meet Angelina Jolie. Well, two years later, Angelina still hasn't found the time to meet with him, or even send a thank you note. The foundation is trying to keep the money and probably just promising the guy they will send him an autographed copy of Mr. & Mrs. Smith or something. Whatever it was they offered him in return, it obviously didn't make him happy because he is suing for the return of his money, plus damages.
I think the idea of a charity auction is a good one. I do think though that, you need to limit yourself to items, and not the idea that you are actually going to get what is promised when the prize is a meeting or lunch or a date with a star. They don't care about you and you are so far down on their list of priorities that you will probably never donate again to anything. All of the above doesn't apply to Colin Firth who, as far as I know has always delivered on what has been promised.