Counting Crows, Red Hot Chili Peppers, NOFX Get In Holiday Spirit For Charity Auction

Counting Crows, Red Hot Chili Peppers, NOFX, the Cowboy Junkies, Cameron Diaz and Debbie Harry are among the artists that have agreed to donate personalized Yuletide items for the second annual Sweet Relief Holiday Party and Ornament Auction.

The auction, which is being sponsored by the Beverly Hills Ltd., will kick off online at on December 1 through 7, while final bids for the rock & roll ornaments and memorabilia will be held as part of a live auction on December 8 at 10 p.m. (PST).

During the live auction, bids will be accepted both in-person as well as via the Internet, with the items going to the highest bidder when the auction is closed. Last year's inaugural event drew donations from such artists as Bob Dylan, Alanis Morissette, Madonna, Beck, Marilyn Manson and Lou Reed.

Proceeds from the auction have been earmarked for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a non-profit organization formed in 1992 to help non-insured performers cover the cost of medical


In addition to the auctions and various other charitable events, the Sweet Relief Fund has also issued a pair of albums, 1993's "Sweet Relief: A Benefit For Victoria Williams," and 1996's "Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation."