Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–October 21, 2005–Gearing up for the 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports, Fox Pan American Sports, Sharpie and Yahoo! en español will host an online auction to benefit the International Kids Fund (IKF). Starting today, sports fans will be able to bid on an exciting package that includes a one-of-a-kind celebrity Wall of Fame, including signatures from some of the biggest names in Latino sports and entertainment, and an all-inclusive trip to the 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports to be held December 5, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida.
“The International Kids Fund is an extraordinary organization whose incomparable work with terminally-ill children makes it once again the perfect charity partner for our 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports,” said David Sternberg, executive vice president and general manager of Fox Sports en Español. “We are hopeful that the combination of proceeds from tickets sales for this year’s Premios Fox Sports and the funds raised through this special charity auction will help the IKF continue its legacy, as well as bring smiles and necessary medical care to needy children.”
The 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports is the only awards program of its kind to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Latino athletes and personalities from the world of sports both on and off the field. Winners in 13 categories, voted on exclusively by fans, will be crowned during the official Premios Fox Sports awards ceremony to be held December 5, 2005 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of Performing Arts in Miami Beach, Florida. Online voting runs through October 31, 2005 at http://www.premiosfoxsports.yahoo.com.
100 percent of the highest bid will benefit the IKF, a charitable entity part of the Jackson Memorial Hospital Foundation which seeks to provide life-saving medical care to needy children from Latin America and the Caribbean who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
“At Sanford Latin America we are extremely proud to play an important part in bringing consumers, athletes and celebrities together for this wonderful charitable cause,” said Michael Marrou, regional director of marketing for Sanford Brands Latin America. “The Sharpie Wall of Fame Experience is our way of calling attention to the important work being done by the IKF and helping to raise much needed funds for providing life-saving medical care to terminally-ill children across Latin America. We are motivated to do whatever we can to help the IKF save lives and for that reason Sharpie, and its partners Fox Pan American Sports and Yahoo! en español, will be donating 100 percent of all proceeds from the auction to the IKF.”
Sharpie Celebrity Wall of Fame and VIP Premios Fox Sports Experience Package
Starting at US$2,500, auction participants will bid on a collectible Sharpie Celebrity Wall of Fame and VIP Premios Fox Sports package that includes:
1. The Sharpie Wall of Fame from the 2nd Annual Premios Fox Sports, as well as Certificate of Authenticity, featuring autographs of athletes and celebrities using the distinctive Sharpie marker, framed and ready to exhibit
Participating athletes and celebrities include Sissi, Jaime Camil, Hugo Sánchez, Juan Pablo Montoya, Margarita Wais, Pablo Montero, Diego Torres, Belinda, Sabrina, Nicolás Massu, Iván “Bam Bam” Zamorano, Natalia Villaveces, José José, Ivan “Pudge” Rodríguez, Mauricio Macri, Mario Domínguez, Manny Ramirez, Jorge Ramos, Ana Laura, Claudia Trejos, Francisco “Kikin” Fonseca, Mauricio Zeilin, Pablo Carillo, Catherine Fulop, Felix Sanchez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Doramitzi Gonzalez, and Juvenal Silva
2. Two (2) round trip airline tickets to Miami to attend the 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports
3. Two (2) VIP tickets to the 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports
4. Two (2) tickets to the VIP After-Party of the 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports
5. Three (3) night stay at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, official hotel of the 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports (room and tax only), as well as airport and hotel
6. One (1) photo album of all the athletes and celebrities that signed the Sharpie Wall of Fame during the 2nd Annual Premios Fox Sports
7. Two (2) Sharpie Limited Edition kits.
8. Invitation to walk the Red Carpet of the 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports alongside children from the IKF.
“The International Kids Fund is honored to have been chosen the charity of choice for Premios Fox Sports, for the third consecutive year,” said Josephine Mora, community outreach manager for the International Kids Fund. “It is a privilege for our children to have the Giant of the sports arena as their partner. Thanks to their generosity, as well as the support of Sharpie and Yahoo!, our children will have greater access to much needed medical care and may someday grow up to become recipients of Premios Fox Sports.”
The online charity auction goes live today and will run through the evening of October 31st at http://auctions.yahoo.com/booth/ikfjmfsharpie.
The 2005 edition of Premios Fox Sports, which will air in the United States on Fox Sports en Español and throughout the Spanish-speaking Americas on Fox Sports Latin America in January 2006, will be hosted by recording artist and former Sábado Gigante on-air personality Sissi, alongside actor Jaime Camil.
About Fox Pan American Sports
Fox Pan American Sports LLC is an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and News Corporation’s (NYSE: NWS) Fox Sports International.
Sharpie is a trademark of Sanford Latin America, a Division of Newell Rubbermaid Corporation. For more than 40 years, Sharpie has been considered one of the world’s most recognized and popular permanent markers in the market.
About Yahoo! en español Deportes Fox Sports en Español
In May 2004, Yahoo! en español – a Spanish-language Internet, communications, commerce and media service – partnered with Fox Pan American Sports (FPAS) – one of the world’s largest Spanish-language sports television companies – to form a co-branded sports site. Yahoo! Deportes (http://deportes.yahoo.com) offers comprehensive Spanish-language sports coverage, including exclusive streaming video of marquee regional soccer tournaments (e.g., the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana), real time, on-demand statistics and sports news.
Hosted by Yahoo! and featuring up-to-date information surrounding the event, nominees and performers, premiosfoxsports.yahoo.com serves as the voting hub and official site of the 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports.