FAO SCHWARZ® OFFERS HOLIDAY SHOPPERS FOUR "EXPERIENCES OF A LIFETIME" THROUGH AUCTION TO BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS
Auction Packages Offer Consumers One-of-a-Kind Adventures and the Opportunity to Help Make the Holidays Special for Children Less Fortunate
FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue and Holiday Pop-Up Locations Serve as Toys for Tots Collection Sites
WAYNE, NJ (November 1, 2010) - FAO Schwarz®, best known for the one-of-kind shopping experiences and the enchanting memories it provides its customers, is building upon that legacy by launching its "Experiences of a Lifetime" online auction at FAO.com. Featured within the company's Legendary Christmas Collection e-catalog, the auction offers the highest-bidding Disney aficionado, Nickelodeon® music buff, Smurf" fan and FAO Schwarz® enthusiast a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring the brands and products they love to life, while helping to make the holidays magical for children less fortunate.
The auction has premier placement on the homepage of the recently re-launched and rebranded FAO Schwarz website where visitors can click to access full details about each of the four prize packages, for which one hundred percent of winning auction bids will be directed to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to give children in need gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning. Winning bidders will receive a special keepsake, representative of their respective prize package, that they can present as a holiday gift, sent in time to tuck under the Christmas tree.
To help even more families donate to Toys for Tots, FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue in New York City and the approximately 10 FAO Schwarz holiday pop-up locations across the country are now accepting new, unwrapped toys through December 5 and cash through December 24. The stores showcase Toys for Tots signage featuring the tagline "Share the Joy," encouraging holiday shoppers to support this special initiative.
Below are details of the four "Experiences of a Lifetime" auction packages, which FAO.com visitors can bid on now through December 1:
#1: Disney On Ice Party Package Extravaganza! Offering the ultimate party for Disney fans, the winner of this auction package will have the opportunity to invite up to 25 children and 25 adults to a Disney On Ice show in any city where the tour is scheduled to stop! The winning child and family will be publicly acknowledged at the beginning of the show as special guests, and each child who attends will receive a Disney costume to wear during the show that they can take home as a keepsake along with a special Disney On Ice gift bag. The one and a half hour party package extravaganza includes catering and photo opportunities with a star from Disney On Ice.
#2: Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest 2011 Who says mega concerts are for adults only? The Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest, featuring top artists, kid bands, animated Nickelodeon characters and celebrities, is one of the most anticipated events of the year for kids and tweens. The winner of this special auction package, plus three guests, will receive round-trip airfare and two-night hotel accommodations, as well as a round-trip limousine ride to the 2011 show where they'll sit in prime seats and have the chance to walk the "Orange Carpet." To top it off, they will have the opportunity to meet some of the show's stars and receive a special invitation to the after-party along with a Nickelodeon gift bag to commemorate the Mega Music Fest 2011. With top talent at the 2010 Fest, including John Leguizamo, Sherri Shepherd, Colbie Caillat, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, The Fresh Beat Band, The Laurie Berkner Band, Dora the Explorer and the cast of Yo Gabba Gabba, who knows who will turn up for the taping of the summer 2011 show!
#3: Paint the Town Blue at The Smurfs Premiere! Papa Smurf and the gang are ready to offer the winner of this package and three guests the bluest adventure of a lifetime and VIP access to the most Smurf-tastic movie premiere of the year, due out this summer, featuring Neil Patrick Harris. This unique package includes round-trip airfare, two-night hotel accommodations for four, a limo ride and tickets for two to the premiere and the opportunity to walk on the "Blue Carpet." To top it off, the winner will receive a poster featuring him or herself transformed into a Smurf or Smurfette from Sony Imageworks. As a keepsake, the winner will also receive an exclusively designed, enclosed diorama from Schleich®, containing more than 15 collector Smurf figurines and mushroom houses and including the full "Directors" Smurf collection, shipped to their home.
#4: A Bite of the Big Apple: The Quintessential New York Tour! New York is the home of some of the world's most recognizable landmarks: the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue - an iconic, "must-see" destination for generations of kids and kids at heart. The highest bidder of this package will receive a one-of-a-kind trip for four to Manhattan beginning at the airport, from which the FAO Schwarz Toy Soldier will provide a city tour by limo. The winner and guests will re-live the movie, Big, starring Tom Hanks, with professional lessons on the store's larger-than-life piano one morning during a VIP visit to FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue, along with a $500 gift card and the assistance of a personal shopper! After they shop-til-they-drop, the winner and guests will enjoy a carriage ride in Central Park topped off with tea for four at the famed Plaza Hotel. The Big Apple Fun will continue with tickets to the 2011Cirque du Soleil show, including four gift bags, pre-theater dinner at Sardis and Circle Line tickets for a boat tour around Manhattan.
The "Experiences of a Lifetime" auction is a centerpiece of the Legendary Christmas Collection on FAO.com, which features 200 unique gifts, from FAO Schwarz signature items to a selection of extraordinary offerings such as the $25,000 Bonzini Barbie Foosball Table.
About FAO Schwarz For nearly 150 years, FAO Schwarz has been a brand synonymous with quality and innovation, offering an unparalleled selection of extraordinary toys that have enchanted generations and cultivated a loyal clientele. There are currently two FAO Schwarz locations in the United States - the famous flagship store in Manhattan, which attracts millions of visitors annually, and a store in Las Vegas at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The complete assortment of the company's products, including a line of toys marketed under the FAO Schwarz brand name, can be found in-store and online at FAO.com. The iconic FAO Schwarz brand is exclusively operated by Toys"R"Us, Inc., the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer.