Every now and then the glitz and glamour of the red carpet gets to be something more than just a flashy excuse for a new outfit or a ride in a limo, allowing the superficial side of moviemaking (pose for the camera!) to become something of substance, something more akin to the reason why a movie is made. With the New York and Los Angeles premieres of Cadillac Records, a period piece centered upon Leonard Chess (played by Adrien Brody) and the lives of the blues and soul artists who were part of his Chess Records label, the red carpet gets to do just that.

LiveAuctioneers.com is auctioning off tickets for the premiere and after-parties in both cities with the money going to Phoenix House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those affected by addiction. In addition to attending the premiere, winners of the auction also receive two autographed copies of the soundtrack, a dress from the House of Deréon collection, dinner for two at Bond St. restaurant and car service to and from the premiere and after-party. With a cast that also includes Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, Columbus Short as Little Walter, Mos Def as Chuck Berry and Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James, both nights are expected to be star-studded events and, more importantly, a chance to help those less fortunate.

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