The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and The Lobster restaurant have launched an auction on eBay to benefit Special Olympics Southern California.

The charity auction will be live on eBay until Sunday, August 30th, when the winner will be announced.

In honor of the Santa Monica Pier’s centennial celebration on Wednesday, September 9th, the auction features a dinner for six at The Lobster restaurant with exclusive VIP viewing of the centennial fireworks show. Restaurant managers say that the Lobster’s premier location at the top of the Santa Monica Pier provides an ideal view for the first fireworks spectacular over Santa Monica in nearly 20 years.

As part of the package, former Olympic decathlon gold medallist Rafer Johnson will meet and greet the auction winner to personally express gratitude for the charitable contribution to Special Olympics Southern California. Also included are six general admission tickets to the 13th annual Pier Del Sol event on October 4th, which features a day of free rides at Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Park, arcade tickets and lunch. The NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will be honored at Pier del Sol, represented by team legends, such as James Worthy.

The centennial event will also include Special Olympics athletes and celebrities on the pier to celebrate 40 years of the transformative work of Special Olympics Southern California.

“Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s visionary movement, Special Olympics, has reached an important milestone in Southern California this year with its 40th anniversary celebration,” said Bill Shumard, president/CEO for Special Olympics Southern California.

“It is meaningful that we share this significant observance with the Santa Monica Pier as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. The pier’s centennial auction is a wonderful contribution to our ongoing efforts to change lives through the power of sport.”

Ben Franz-Knight, executive director of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, added, “The Santa Monica Pier’s Centennial is a time to celebrate the pier’s own history, but it is also important to recognize other Southern California leaders who are reaching milestones.

“As Special Olympics reaches its 40th year, we want to highlight the crucial work that they have done for the community and the nation as a whole.”

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