Over the years, the Warren Buffett Lunch Charity Auction has raised more than $11.5 million for GLIDE. The power lunch event was born out of a friendship between Buffett’s late wife Susan, who attended GLIDE’s Sunday Celebrations, and GLIDE Founders Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani. Over the past dozen years, the two men have created a unique friendship grounded in a legacy of generosity.
The funds raised from the Buffett auction have been used to directly aid San Francisco’s neediest residents through GLIDE’s various programs. In addition to serving nearly one million meals annually, GLIDE provides supportive housing, a nationally recognized community health clinic, a rooftop garden and dozens of service programs designed to help with people’s basic needs.
“I am extremely grateful to my friend Warren Buffett for his exceptional commitment to giving back to the community and supporting organizations like ours that directly help the neediest people in our society,” said GLIDE’s Founder Reverend Cecil Williams.
“What I witnessed is an institution and individual that really gave up on nobody,” Buffett said referring to GLIDE and Williams. “They took the people that the rest of the world would have forgotten, people who had given up on themselves. And they felt every human being had a potential, no matter what their circumstances.”
This year’s auction begins June 3 at 7:30pm (PDT) and runs to June 8 at 7:30pm (PDT). Bidding starts at $25,000 and all bidders must pre-qualify through Kompolt, specialists in Cause Branded Social Media. The lunch will be listed through eBay Giving Works. The winning bidder may invite seven friends to join Buffett for lunch at Smith & Wollensky, “the quintessential New York steakhouse.” Since 2004, Smith & Wollensky has donated $10,000 annually to GLIDE for the privilege of hosting the lunch.