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June 27, 2003

Auction Of 1000 Stars 2003 Benefits The Actors' Fund Of America

AUCTION OF 1000 STARS 2003 BENEFITS THE ACTORS' FUND OF AMERICA Extravagant Celebrity Experiences and One-of-a-kind Memorabilia!

The Actors' Fund of America, in partnership with Yahoo! and Oxygen, kicks off AUCTION OF 1000 STARS 2003, a two-week online auction beginning July 14, 2003. Fans and entertainment enthusiasts can bid on over 50 amazing experiences with the stars and hundreds of pieces of incredible memorabilia - from Broadway to Baseball to Hollywood and beyond. Beginning Monday, July 14 through July 28, log on to www.auctionof1000stars.org to check out the latest items and start bidding. Proceeds from AUCTION OF 1000 STARS 2003 benefit The Actors' Fund, the only national human service organization that offers support to entertainment professionals in crisis.

Fabulous once-in-a-lifetime experiences for AUCTION OF 1000 STARS 2003 include (to date): a day on the set of SESAME STREET; VIP tickets to the performance and opening night party of THE BOY FROM OZ, starring HUGH JACKMAN; tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of UPTOWN GIRLS, starring BRITTANY MURPHY; day at the spa with the hilarious ANA GASTEYER; an experience with the cast of Showtime's hit QUEER AS FOLK; orchestra seats and backstage access to the cast of the hit Broadway musical NINE, and the ultimate walk-on part in Broadway's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Music lovers take note; AUCTION OF 1000 STARS 2003 has something for everyone, including: VIP tickets and backstage access to an upcoming BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN concert; tickets to the Hollywood Bowl with JACK JOHNSON and BEN HARPER; orchestra seats for SINATRA: HIS VOICE. HIS WORLD. HIS WAY at Radio City Music Hall, plus a tour and meet and greet with the spectacular RADIO CITY ROCKETTES. Soap opera fans can bid to spend time with the stars on the sets of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES, or bid on America's favorite pastime with experiences including a day at YANKEE STADIUM with JOE TORRE as your host, VIP seats for the BASEBALL WORLD SERIES, and an exciting package from the SOMERSET PATRIOTS.

A variety of sought-after memorabilia includes: rare Broadway Playbills, signed scripts from FRASIER, LAW AND ORDER, LAW AND ORDER SVU, a signed script and board game from the stars of HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS, autographed Playbills, photographs and books from Pearl Bailey, Lillian Gish, Colleen Dewhurst, Jason Robards, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, Nathan Lane, Sigourney Weaver and many others.

"With so many tempting celebrity experiences to choose from and unique memorabilia, AUCTION OF 1000 STARS 2003 is unlike any other auction online," says two-time TonyŽ winner and Actors' Fund Trustee Bebe Neuwirth. "The Actors' Fund auction always attracts a wide array of energized bidders from around the world, and our list of celebrity participants reads like a Who's Who of the entertainment community."

Equity members who would like to donate memorabilia to the Actors' Fund should contact Catherine Cooke immediately at 212-221-7300.

See you online at auctionof1000stars.org!

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