Survivor: Panama – Exile Island Charity Auction Raises $31,000 in First Week at Survivorcharity.com to Benefit Operation Smile

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This is an update to the Survivor: Panama charity auction to benefit Operation Smile, a non-profit organization. New memorabilia items signed by castaways have been added to the auction. Items include Final Tribal Council Voting Urn signed by Jeff Probst.

Exciting new collectables have been added to the Survivor: Panama – Exile Island charity auction on eBay to benefit Operation Smile Panama and 24 other countries. The authentic items are signed by the castaways themselves, including name tags and the flags used during episode 12’s Perch Immunity Challenge. The charity auction is running from May 14 - June 11, 2006.

Also new to the auction is the final Tribal Council voting urn with the seven deciding jury votes for Sole Survivor, all signed by host Jeff Probst. The item fetching the highest bidding thus far is the Immunity Necklace, which has surpassed $15,000.00.

By logging onto http://www.survivorcharity.com or onto eBay fans and collectors can bid on authentic challenge-related items and other memorabilia signed by the castaways and host Jeff Probst. Items include tribal and individual immunity items as well as challenge props including hand-carved snakes, puzzle pieces, faux coffins and flags.

On Sunday, May 14, after the winner of the CBS-TV show Survivor: Panama - Exile Island was revealed, thousands of children also became winners. Mark Burnett Productions has partnered with Operation Smile to include its one-of-a-kind challenge items and memorabilia from the show in this charity auction. 100 percent of the net proceeds goes to Operation Smile, helping the charity provide free surgery to children and young adults around the world suffering with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. For every $100,000 raised, Operation Smile can help more than 400 children. To date, auction bids total more than $31,000.00 which will bring new smiles to 130 children. For more information, visit http://www.operationsmile.org

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