Celebs shed baggage to cure diabetes

Briggs & Riley Travelware teams with celebs to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation via online auction.

Jim Belushi bag
Jim Belushi gave a nod to his favorite team. Briggs & Riley Travelware

It's always nice to see celebrities lending their names--and luggage designs--to a good cause. Yep, Morgan Freeman, Kelly Ripa, Leah Remini and Jim Belushi as suitcase designers. Who knew?

Briggs & Riley Travelware has joined forces with those and other entertainers to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation via an online auction. The stars, 20 in all, have added their personal touch to 22-inch upright Briggs & Riley carry-on bags, which will be up for the bidding on eBay starting June 14. (Get an advanced gander at the embellished luggage here.)

Among the bags that could appear in an overhead compartment starting this summer:

Oscar winner Freeman went with a sporty/destination theme for his creation. The garment sleeve inside the bag contains a handwritten list of his movies.

Belushi, star of According to Jim and a big-time Chicago Bears fan, showed his love for the team by creating a Bears-themed carry-on painted entirely in blue and orange.

Ripa opted for girly, going with cute dresses and splashes of pink.

Kevin Covais, a season-five finalist on American Idol, created a canvas depicting his journey from Levittown, N.Y., to Hollywood.

Leah Remini bag
Leah Remini added her autograph and some feminine flourishes. Briggs & Riley Travelware

Tony Hawk, skateboarding legend and entrepreneur, decorated his bag with a detailed sketch of himself shredding a half-pipe.

Other celebs throwing their design visions onto the luggage carousel include actor Ray Romano, newscaster Bryant Gumbel, comedian Jackie Mason, Ivana Trump and Jonathan Lipnicki, that over-the-top cute kid from Jerry Maguire who's now on his way to growing up.

While we can't vouch for the quality or durability of the suitcases, they're certainly well-intentioned--and sure to stand out in a sea of look-alike black carry-ons. Come to think of it, we kinda like the idea of extending the celebs-design-for-charity concept to laptop and cell phone cases. Anyone?

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