glassdinner1208.jpgEarlier this year we talked to Robert Thurman (Uma's dad, and also the head of the Tibet House), who told us that his aim is "to preserve Tibetan culture" and "raise funds to support Tibetan cultural projects like art departments in schools." Tonight, along with an Honorary Chair Committee that includes Yoko Ono Lennon, Martin Scorsese and Sting, they'll be doing just that at the 6th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Auction at Christie’s. Proceeds will be going towards the Ghar Sita Mutu and Pema Ts’al schools in India and Nepal, as well as the Tibetan Community Cultural Center being built in Queens. Some of the items on the block include a safari vacation, an amulet made by a Newari Buddhist monk and blessed by Mata, and a Fantasy Dinner Party with 11 friends in your own home joined by composer Philip Glass (who will also perform). Oh and that dinner? It's cooked by none other than chef Eric Ripert.