Zac Efron Fans Bid on Chance to Be His Lunch Date on Brooklyn Movie Set

By Leslie Albrecht on January 3, 2013 7:14am 

PARK SLOPE — Teen heartthrob Zac Efron won't just be breaking hearts in New York this month — he'll be breaking bread, too.

The azure-eyed actor will be filming his latest movie, "Are We Officially Dating?" Thursday on Carroll Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, Park Slope Stoop first reported. The romantic comedy, about three guy friends who vow to give up on relationships, is expected to be filming in the neighborhood and elsewhere in the city through Jan. 24.

Fans with a burning desire to meet the "High School Musical" star can bid on a lunch date with Efron on the movie's set. The chance to rub elbows with the actor is being auctioned off by Charitybuzz, an online fundraising business that brings in cash for nonprofits by selling up-close-and-personal experiences with celebs.

Charitybuzz recently auctioned off four tickets and a backstage meeting with Jay-Z and Coldplay on New Year's Eve at the Barclays Center. The winning bid of $17,500 benefited Newtown Youth & Family Services in Newtown, Conn.

"It's all about access — that's our niche area," Charitybuzz spokeswoman Glenda Felden said. "It's exclusive access you can't find anywhere else."

In Efron's case, the winning bidders will spend 60 to 90 minutes with the star, including 45 minutes for lunch on the set. The four winners will also watch a scene being filmed. The lucky bidders are allowed to pose for a snapshot with Efron and can bring "something small" for Efron to autograph, according to Charitybuzz.

Proceeds from the auction will support the nonprofit Actors Fund, a national organization that serves people in the entertainment industry. The suggested price for lunch with Efron is $10,000, and bids close on Jan. 8. As of Tuesday afternoon, seven bidders had entered the auction and the high bid was $4,000.

Experiences with Efron have fetched a pretty penny for Charitybuzz in the past. In November, an hourlong one-on-one meeting with Efron sold for $8,500 to benefit Communities in Schools, Felden said.

"We've had great experiences with Zac in the past," Felden said. "He's so philanthropic."

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