Kerry Kennedy Uses Star Power for Good

Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Michael Moore donate time to raise awareness of human rights.

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Kerry Kennedy's rolling out the red carpet to raise money her father's namesake charity the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in the sixth Ripple of Hope Holiday Auction.

In the one-of-a-kind auction, stars like Michael Moore, George Clooney, Martin Sheen and Jay Leno have donated their time to raise money for the 42-year-old organization dedicated to providing support to human rights activists around the world. [Get your whispers first with U.S. News digital weekly.]

"Almost everybody we asked said yes," Kennedy tells Whispers. "People were very generous with their time."

Bidders can enjoy a variety of experiences from learning to cook from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson to meeting former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. [Chris Matthews on Why JFK Was a Hero.]

Among Kennedy's favorites: nine signed photographs of her dad and the Kennedy clan taken by Harry Benson and a date with TV funny man Jon Stewart.

"I love his photographs of my father," Kennedy says. "Of course, I love Jon Stewart too."

The Holiday auction began Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 15. Proceeds will go to support initiatives like Speak Truth to Power, a curriculum for middle and high school teachers and students which seeks to empower all to be defenders of human rights. [See photos of aftermath in Haiti.]

Auction highlights include:

•Lunch with Michael Moore, plus a signed copy of his Here Comes Trouble.

•Lunch in Washington with Steve Case, the co-founder of America Online.

•Attend the "Ultimate Financial Lunch" with Robert Wolf, Austan Goolsbee, Paul Volcker and Mort Zuckerman.

•Meet Jenna Fischer on the set of The Office.

•Lunch with Martin Sheen.

•Lunch with the star of Star Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew, aka Captain Janeway, in New York.

•George Clooney's signed jacket worn in Michael Clayton.

•A tour of the Capitol with NBC correspondent Luke Russert.

  • Read: Caroline Kennedy Talks JFK, Jackie, and Honesty in History
  • See a slide show of the 10 youngest presidents
  • Washington Whispers: Kennedy's Flame Still Burns at Arlington Cemetery