Erica writes: I’m involved with a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization called CoachArt that provides free lessons in the arts and athletics for underpriviliged children with life-threatening illnesses. Sean Astin has donated a unique heart-shaped ceramic plate that he decorated with his own design, as an autographed Lord of the Rings photo.

Sean’s package will be part of a fundraiser called Art for the Heart, a silent auction benefit on November 4 from 6-9 p.m. at Christie’s Los Angeles. Tickets to the event are $150 per person. The evening will include a reception and over 40 unique packages designed by celebrities and athletes including Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Elisabeth Shue, Sean Astin, the USC and UCLA football teams, Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox, Martin Sheen and more! Tickets may be purchased by calling CoachArt at (310)203-2850 or online at Click on “Exclusive Events,” then “Art for the Heart tickets and Celebrity Auction.” Several packages that will be available only through bidding online can be found on this Web site. All proceeds will benefit the children of CoachArt.

Please consider posting this opportunity on your Web site so that Sean’s fans may have the chance to bid on this unique package, as well as help thousands of ill children in the Los Angeles area. Please e-mail me at if you have any questions. Thank you!