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Tim Cook charity auction raises $515K for human rights

Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest charity auction closed on Thursday, with the winning bid raising$515,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.




The unnamed winner of the CharityBuzz auction will be able to eat lunch with Apple's chief executive at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Like last year's auction, the winning bid also nets two VIP passes to an Apple event.

This is the fourth year in a row that Cook has offered up one-on-one time for charity, each auction raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2015, a lunch at Apple HQ raised $200,000 for the RFK Center, while bids in 2014 hit the $330,000 mark. Cook's first auction, a 30-minute chat over coffee, raised a whopping $610,000 in 2013.

Like past CharityBuzz events, the winner of Cook's latest auction must find a date and time that works with the chief executive's schedule, a process that could take up to one year. The hour-long lunch is valid for a winner and one guest. Meal costs are included, but travel and accommodation arrangements are not. The auction does not specify VIP event ticket blackout dates, suggesting the winner might be able to attend Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

As with other major auctions, CharityBuzz does not disclose the winner's identity.