Jessica Biel Date Raises Money for Teen

Jessica Biel Date Raises Money for Teen
Jessica Biel
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updated 07/20/2006 at 08:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/20/2006 08:25AM

It's a small price to pay for a date with Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive," but the $30,000 bid for lunch with Jessica Biel is going to a worthy cause.

That was the amount raised in an auction to help a Colorado teen who lost her leg and part of her pelvis following a prom-night accident May 13, the Associated Press reports. The girl, Molly Bloom, was run over by a Hummer stretch limousine.

A fundraiser to help defray Bloom's medical expenses included a charity auction for a lunch date with Biel, 24, who grew up in Boulder, Colo.

On Tuesday, a man identified only as "John" cast the $30,000 bid. He said he was a senior vice president for an oil and gas company in Denver, the Rocky Mountain News reported.

Biel, who was out of the country at the time of the auction, will lunch with the man on Aug. 18.

"I promise, I'm a cheap date," Biel said in a taped message.

The actress's father, Jonathan Biel, said the lunch date was his daughter's idea.

"(Jessica) has this opportunity to create a buzz that would provide some support and she's more than happy to do that," Biel said.

The fundraiser, dubbed "Mollypalooza," generated a total of $38,000 for Bloom's medical expenses. She is currently undergoing rehabilitation at a Denver hospital.
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