Author, Inventor, and Life Extension Visionary Will Host Lunch for up to Six Foundation Donors|
LORTON, VA and CAMBRIDGE, MA – July 5, 2005 – The Methuselah Foundation announced today that it is offering for auction a lunch with Dr. Ray Kurzweil, recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Technology, and author of numerous books including “Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough To Live Forever” and “The Age of Spiritual Machines”. The auction will be hosted by industry-leader eBay – the world’s online marketplace for the sale of goods and services – and will run from July 5 through July 14. The auction can be found at: auction.mprize.org
Kurzweil’s latest book, coauthored with longevity expert Terry Grossman, M.D., shows how human beings can use behavior, diet, and lifestyle to remain in good health long enough to benefit from the emerging biotechnology and nanotechnology revolutions, thus enabling us to live indefinitely. The auctioned lunch will be prepared by Methuselah volunteers and comply with the dietary guidelines outlined in the new book.
“The MPrize - in the spirit of the fabulously successful X Prize - is a powerful vehicle for mobilizing the scientific community to eliminate the degeneration associated with aging,” said Dr. Kurzweil. “In addition to my earlier donation, this is a fun way to support a cause I believe in – helping people live longer, healthier lives. I look forward to sharing an afternoon of food and conversation with others who are similarly committed.”
Many charities have used celebrity auctions as powerful fundraising tools. For this auction, bidders can combine their resources and bid in groups of up to six, all of whom will be invited to the lunch. All proceeds from the auction will go directly into the MPrize fund – which currently stands at $1,300,000 and will continue to grow until the prize is won.
Additionally, those who do not win the auction but elect to join the Mprize Three Hundred - the MPrize's list of givers who commit $1,000 per year for 25 years - will receive an autographed copy of Kurzweil’s and Grossman’s new book, Fantastic Voyage.