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Auction of celebrity-designed pandas raises funds for World Wildlife Fund conservation efforts

NEW YORK, NY - Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Tobey Maguire, Mike Myers, Jeff Gordon, Donald Trump, Jason Alexander and Henry Winkler celebrate 25 years of panda conservation by World Wildlife Fund in an online auction opening today and running through Tuesday, April 18 at www.CharityFolks.com/wwf.

Movie stars, high profile athletes and Build-A-Bear Workshop® come together in support of WWF to celebrate and raise awareness for WWF's continued work to save one of the world's most beloved and charismatic endangered animals, the giant panda. WWF's celebrity friends designed, signed and donated one-of-a-kind WWF Collectibear® stuffed animals and coupled them with exclusive movie premiere tickets, VIP passes, and award show tickets for an online auction to benefit WWF.

"For 25 years, World Wildlife Fund has worked to create room for wild pandas in the world our children and grandchildren will inherit," said Terry Macko, vice president of Membership and Partner Marketing, World Wildlife Fund. "We've made a lot of progress towards this goal and we're optimistic about achieving it with continued support for WWF's conservation efforts."

The auction features a Toyota hybrid car and exciting experiences including a polar bear adventure with a WWF scientist, a five star luxurious trip to explore Tasmania, premium first-class chartered yacht trip touring the Galapagos with Ecoventura and a WWF scientist, VIP tours of Good Morning America, and much more. Charity Folks will be adding new auction lots throughout the auction, so check in often as you never know what might become available.

In addition to donating many of the featured auction items, including Giant Pandas, Giraffes, clothing and accessories, Build-A-Bear Workshop is supporting WWF's ongoing efforts through a donation of $1 for each WWF Collectibear series stuffed animal sold in stores and online. To date, Build-A-Bear Workshop has contributed over $1 million to protecting and conserving wildlife around the world.

Proceeds will benefit World Wildlife Fund, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization and the largest conservation organization in the world, working to conserve and protect endangered wildlife, preserve wild lands and address global threats and challenges. WWF is recognized worldwide by its panda logo.