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08/22/09
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Drivers sign workbench for charity auction  One lucky bidder will own a piece of racing history! Gladiator® GarageWorks has donated one of two workbenches signed by all 33 drivers from the 2009 Indianapolis 500 to be auctioned off at www.bidaroo.com starting today. The drivers signed the bench in the starting grid positions in which they qualified for the famed race. All (100%) of the net proceeds from the online auction will benefit breast cancer research.

Autographs include those of 2009 Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves as well as past winners Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon. The bench also features the autographs of popular drivers Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, A.J. Foyt IV and Sarah Fisher.

When asked by his associate sponsor, Gladiator® GarageWorks, whom he wanted as the beneficiary of this auction, Larry Foyt, (Team Director of A.J. Foyt Racing) didn't hesitate to designate Emerson Newton-John’s "Full Speed 2 a Cure” motorsport cancer awareness campaign and its charitable non-profit partner, Cure Breast Cancer.

“Full Speed 2 a Cure” then selected Bidaroo.com to host this auction of the historic workbench, as Bidaroo focuses on giving to charities and also makes winning an online auction possible for everyone. Bidaroo.com’s auction process is very different than a typical auction. Bidaroo caps all auctions prices at at least 90% below retail. Unlike a normal auction, Bidaroo’s auctions’ winners are chosen by the highest unique (not the same) bid as any other bidders, meaning, the consumer wants to bid below the Bidaroo price (capped price) but also bid an amount no one else has bid, thus making him or her the highest unique bidder. Every bid a person makes whether it wins or loses is charged a certain amount of tokens. Bidaroo is a new fun way to purchase great products while helping even greater charities.

Setting this workbench apart is its large 6 ft. wide solid hard maple work surface, with space to dock up to two Gladiator® modules underneath. The heavy-duty steel frame provides support for the 1-3/4" thick top and is equipped with leg levelers to accommodate uneven floors. The autographed surface is coated with a thick layer of polyurethane so the workbench may be used as such or kept as a unique collectible.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit Dr. Ernie Bodai’s “Cure Breast Cancer” organization, which is the lead charitable partner on the “Full Speed 2 a Cure” cancer campaign. Dr. Bodai is also the man responsible for creating the “Breast Cancer Research Postal Stamp”, which has raised over 75 million dollars since its inception a decade ago. He and Olivia Newton-John are also responsible for the “Liv Aid” breast self-exam device that is designed to help women do a convenient breast-exam in the comfort of their own home.

"I am delighted about this auction for Cure Breast Cancer, hosted by Bidaroo.com,” said Olivia Newton-John. “I'm excited that it will raise awareness for woman's breast health, raise significant money for my friend Dr. Ernie Bodai's charity, and expose people to my nephew Emerson's "Full Speed 2 a Cure" motorsport cancer awareness campaign. Thank you to Larry Foyt of A.J. Foyt Racing, and Gladiator Garageworks, for their generosity in donating this signed bench for this auction. Happy bidding everyone!”

This auction, which starts today (August 21), will run for a 30-day duration on Bidaroo.com.

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