New York, NY (October 18, 2006) – A Host of celebrity child advocates have donated one-of-a-kind Build-ABear ® stuffed animals bearing their official signature to First Star, which will be auctioned on www. CharityFolks.com beginning on October 18, 2006. Pierce Brosnan, Robert Townsend, Sela Ward, Judge Reinhold, Malcolm David Kelley, Anne Heche, Macy Gray, Alexandra Rieger, Star Jones Reynolds, U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez, Kathy Naimy, and others have participated in the auction. The ears were donated for the celebrity auction by Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. ®, which hosted the 2006 First Star Celebration for Children Rights. Proceeds from the online auction benefit First Star, a 501(c)(3) public charity whose programs aid child victims of abuse and neglect.
“First Star is grateful to Build-A-Bear and our generous celebrity supporters for their help in making life better for all children by starting with those who are most vulnerable – the abused and neglected, “ said First Star President and Founder Peter Samuelson.
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers interactive make-your-own-stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, the company currently operates more than 200 stores in the United States and Canada. The addition of stores in Europe, Asia, and Australia make Build-ABear Workshop the leader in the teddy bear business. For more information, visit the company’s award-winning websites at www.buildabear.com and www.friends2bmade.com.
First Star is a leading national 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to improving the lives of American’s abused and neglected children. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst for meaningful reform of the child welfare system through communication, education, and legislation.
Charity Folks is the leading online marketplace for nonprofit fundraising, corporate cause-related marketing campaigns, and celebrity-driven charity events; a cross-market penetration that has made us the “go-to” in the field of ePhilanthropy. CF special partners include hallmark nonprofits, such as Entertainment Industry Foundation and The World Wildlife Fund; A-list celebrities, such as Alicia Keys and Morgan Freeman; and top-brand corporations, including Toyota and TheKnot.com. CF auctions have attracted millions of visitors and received wide coverage in major media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, People, US Weekly, Newsweek, Fortune, Fox News, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight.