“Hoops for Haiti” eBay items raise more than $150K


UK head coach John Calipari talks with freshman forward DeMarus Cousins during the first half of UK’s 102-92 victory over Sam Houston State at Rupp Arena on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. Photo by Britney McIntosh

“Hoops for Haiti” continues to bring in money for the country devastated by an earthquake last Tuesday.

Of the 16 items auctioned off on eBay, the dinner for six with Ashley Judd at UK head coach John Calipari’s house drew the highest bid.

The dinner, according to the description on eBay includes a limo that will take the winner and five friends to and from Calipari’s house, wine and appetizers and a dinner catered by Judd’s personal chef, went for $98,100.

One item still remains up for auction, a “Kentucky blue” Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel & Gold. The watch, as of 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, was going for $6,100. Bidding for the watch will end on Jan. 24 at 3:29 p.m. The 16 items that have been auctioned have raised $152,000 in total. That sum is in addition to the “Hoops” telethon, which raised over $1 million.

Other items of note:

A guest appearance on Calipari’s TV show went for $4,050.

A guest appearance on Calipari’s radio show went for $2,550.

A chance to meet Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James after a playoff game went for $10,099. This item also includes a private plane ride to the game.

A game of 2-on-2 with current UK coaches and former UK stars Scott Padgett and Tony Delk went for $5,401.