October 9th, 2009
04:39 PM ET
During his lifetime, comedian Lenny Bruce was known for his caustic take on the era's headlines and his battling of authority figures. In death, he's been an incredibly influential comedian - the list of comics who owe their livelihoods to Bruce would go on for pages - and, now, a benefactor for a cause.
On Tuesday, October 13, an Internet-based auction will begin to benefit Lenny's House, a non-profit recovery house for women healing from drug and alcohol addictions. The auction will feature more than 25 items from the Bruce estate, which is overseen by his daughter, Kitty Bruce.
According to a press release, the auction will run through Wednesday, October 28, and will also feature items from Bruce family friends and supporters Yoko Ono, Hugh Hefner, Elizabeth Taylor, Chris Rock, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer and Carl Reiner.
A comedy benefit is also scheduled for October 28 at the Laugh Factory comedy club in West Hollywood, California.
"I ... wanted to honor my father's memory in a way that will change lives," Kitty Bruce said in the release. "With Lenny's House, I have never felt so right about anything in my entire life. And in these times we need to help each other and those who cannot help themselves."
More information can be found at www.lennybruceofficial.com.
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