Challenge Items and Memorabilia from Survivor: Panama – Exile Island Up for Auction May 14-June 11 to Benefit Operation Smile

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Authentic items signed by Survivor Castaways are to be auctioned off on Ebay to raise funds for children with facial deformities in Panama and 24 other countries.

On Sunday, May 14, after the winner of the CBS-TV show Survivor: Panama - Exile Island is revealed, thousands of children will also become winners. Mark Burnett Productions has partnered with Operation Smile to include its one-of-a-kind challenge items and memorabilia from the show in a charity auction. 100 percent of the net proceeds will go to Operation Smile, helping the charity provide free surgery to children and young adults in Panama and 24 other countries around the world suffering with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates.

Immediately following the airing of the show’s finale on Sunday, May 14 from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. EST/PST and the live reunion show from 10:00 – 11:00 LIVE EST/tape delayed PST, viewers can log onto or onto eBay and bid on authentic challenge-related items and other memorabilia signed by the castaways. Items will include tribal and individual immunity items as well as challenge props including hand-carved snakes, puzzle pieces, faux coffins and flags. The charity auction will run from May 14 - June 11, 2006.

“With 100 percent of the auction’s net proceeds going right back to the children, what better reason to bid. For every $100,000 raised, we can help more than 400 kids,” said Dr. Bill Magee, CEO and Co-founder of Operation Smile. “By purchasing an auction item, Survivor fans and Operation Smile supporters will not only receive an exciting collector’s item, but will forever change a child’s life in one of our 25 partner countries around the world.”

Survivor: Panama - Exile Island is produced by Mark Burnett Productions; Mark Burnett and Tom Shelly are executive producers. “I joined Operation Smile on a recent mission in Honduras and couldn’t believe that in only a 40-minute surgery that cost $240, that a child with a major facial deformity could begin to live a normal life and could smile, eat normally and give kisses,” said Mark Burnett, creator/executive producer of Survivor: Panama - Exile Island and an Operation Smile supporter. “I am honored to include our show props to raise money for this wonderful charity.”

About Operation Smile:

Operation Smile, Inc., headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, was founded in 1982 by Dr. William P. Magee Jr., a plastic surgeon and his wife, Kathleen, a nurse and clinical social worker. Operation Smile volunteers have traveled to 30 developing countries over the last 24 years, partnering with local physicians and institutions in order to build a legacy of trust, hope, health and dignity for more than 98,000 patients hoping for a chance at a normal life. Medical volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. For more information, visit

About Mark Burnett Productions:

Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company in content for both primetime television and the internet. MBP revolutionized television with hits such as Eco-Challenge, Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender, Rock Star: INXS, Rock Star: Supernova and its upcoming co-production with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, On The Lot. MBP has also partnered with AOL on the eagerly anticipated adventure Gold Rush, the first-ever unscripted project to be produced exclusively for the internet. MBP also successfully reintroduced product placement as an integral part of each of its shows and has garnered a total of 33 Emmy nominations since 2001. Mark Burnett was listed as the #1 Most Valuable Player by TV Guide and in Time Magazine’s Top 100 most influential people in the world today.


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