For some stars, celebrating a milestone birthday means throwing an extravagant, star-studded bash in Las Vegas.
For others, like Avril Lavigne, it’s the perfect opportunity to give back to those in need.
The Canadian songstress, who turns 30 on Sept. 27, is blowing out her candles this year by auctioning off an exclusive dinner date — with all the proceeds going towards sending 30 athletes with intellectual disabilities to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
The "Team Rockstar" campaign asks fans to start a fundraiser page and compete against one another for donations. Whoever raises the most money will win a $2,000 trip for two to meet Avril for an intimate dinner.
Each year, the "Hello Kitty" singer rallies her fans around her birthday to raise money for an important cause. In 2013, she raised more than $55,000 to fund a music therapist for Mattel Children’s Hospital in UCLA, by holding a similar contest through which two winners who had donated received a trip for two to her self-titled album release party.
The singer-songwriter, who is married to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, has long had an affinity for youngsters and people living with disabilities. In 2010, she founded The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S. – which stands for Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge and Strength – a charity that supports children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities.