Elton John World News: Book of Letters And Auction to Help Charities

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Monday 4 May 2009 @ 18:01 - GMT

Simon and Schuster has acquired world rights to a new book, and a portion of profits will be donated to the EJAF.

Dear Me - A Letter to my Sixteen Year Old Self will be published in time for Christmas this year. World rights were bought by deputy publishing director Nigel Stoneman from Joseph Galliano.

Galliano, the editor of monthly magazine Gay Times, has compiled the collection of letters by
celebrities in which they write to themselves at the age of sixteen, giving advice and guidance for the future.

Stoneman said: "When Joseph secured a very unique contribution from Elton John we immediately thought that this book project should be a tie-in with Elton's brilliant charity. The letters I have read so far, which have come from a variety of well known musicians, writers and actors, are funny, insightful and moving. They offer a unique, intimate window into the lives and personalities of all the contributors."

The full list of personalities has yet to be revealed.

Meanwhile, Elton figures in another philanthropic event.'

The Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation is auctioning off two ticket packages to the Face 2 Face concert, headlined by Elton and Billy Joel, which will be held May 12 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Bids on the auction may be made at the Jennie Edmundson Hospitals Spirit of Courage Web site at www.spiritofcourage.org.

Package 1 contains two promoter tickets to the concert; one night hotel stay at Harrahs Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel; and transportation on the casinos VIP charter coach. Package 2 contains two promoter tickets to the concert; $20 food/beverage voucher for drinks; and transportation on casinos VIP charter coach.

The organisation is using the auction as a kick-off event for its preparations for its 2009 Spirit of Courage Weekend, which will take place Aug. 14-16. Each summer the foundation raises money for the hospital's Charitable Cancer Fund.

We are so fortunate to have gotten these tickets donated, we hope to raise a lot of money for our Charitable Cancer Fund, said Tara Slevin, the director of Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation and Volunteer Services.

The auction will close Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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