Emmy stars will auction their gowns for charity. For the second year, Jane Kaczmarek is organizing the drive, to benefit autism research

By Gary Susman
Updated September 18, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Jane Kaczarek: Lisa O'Connor/ZUMA Press/NewsCom

If you like what Jennifer Garner is wearing on the red carpet at Sunday’s Emmys, she’ll sell the outfit to you. So will Jennifer Aniston, Cynthia Nixon, and Debra Messing. They’re among the 35 stars who are auctioning off their awards ceremony finery for charity in the second annual ”Clothes Off Our Back” fundraiser, organized by ”Malcolm in the Middle” nominee Jane Kaczmarek. Proceeds will go to the Cure Autism Now Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental group.

Last year, the clothing drive raised $87,000, with $50,000 coming from the sale of the gown Aniston wore as she accepted her Best Actress Emmy for ”Friends.” ”The event was such a great success last year that we wanted to make it an Emmy tradition,” Kaczmarek said in a statement. This year, stars expected to sell their Prada, Vera Wang, and Hugo Boss ensembles include Edie Falco, Sean Hayes, Dulé Hill, Ellen DeGeneres, and Bernie Mac, the Associated Press reports.

The auction begins Sept. 21, the night of the Emmys, and runs for 10 days on eBay. Along with the clothes, purchasers get a photo of the star wearing the outfit on the red carpet and a signed thank-you note from Kaczmarek and her husband, fellow Emmy nominee Bradley Whitford of ”The West Wing.”