Newlywed Ashton Kutcher spent $14,000 on a private poker lesson with pro player Annie Duke at the uBid for Hurricane Katrina auction party at the new Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas last Saturday night.
The event was organized to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and to celebrate the launch of an online charity auction at uBid.com that will run until early November. It was hosted by comedienne Kathy Griffin and featured a performance by Macy Gray. Proceeds will be split between the Brett Favre Fourward Mississippi Relief Fund, Kutcher's charity Rock Works, and the Child Welfare League of America.
Items on auction included the private poker tutorial with Duke, walk-on roles on TV shows "Scrubbs," "Arrested Development," and "That '70s Show," a snowboarding trip with Justin Timberlake in Mammoth, CA, a guitar signed by Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, a lunch on the set of TV show "Las Vegas" with Molly Sims, Vanessa Marcil, or Josh Duhamel, and the jersey worn by tight end Tony Gonzalez in the Kansas City Chief's season opener.
Kutcher was in attendance with his new wife, actress Demi Moore, in what was the couple's first public appearance in North America since their marriage late last month. A handful of other celebrities and pro players turned up for the event, including Nick and Drew Lachey, David Spade, Macaulay Culkin, Mila Kunis, Seth Green, Cris Judd, Brittany Murphy, Joe Reitman, Annie Duke, Krista Allen, A.J. DiScala, Phil Gordon, Lance Bass, Jessica Biel, and Cary Hart.