Jacko to Raise Cash with House Party
No one can accuse pop icon Michael Jackson of doing things quietly. The Gloved One has announced plans for a one-day, invitation-only open house at his famed Neverland ranch in Los Olivos, north of Santa Barbara -- for visitors willing to cough up $5,000 for the privilege, reports MTV.
For the cost of entry, guests will get lunch and dinner, as well as access to the expansive estate's amusement park, zoo, gardens, arcade and movie theater. Each visitor to the Sept. 13 event also gets a door prize of sorts: a limited-edition poster by Miami artist Romero Britto, who designed the cover of Jackson's never-released single, "What More Can I Give" -- intended as a benefit for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"From the moment you enter the gates ... you will wish that this day could last forever," gushes the invitation, according to MTV. "Be one of the privileged few who have ever personally experienced this extraordinary and magical oasis."
Representatives for Jackson, who could make more than $1 million from the event, said in a statement that $1,000 of every ticket sold will go to three charities: the Make-A-Wish Foundation; Oneness, which benefits the arts and education; and E Ai Como E Que Fica, which helps poor children in Rio de Janeiro, MTV noted.