MIAMI, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Doublemint and the Williams sisters announced that fans worldwide can bid on several auction items including a private tennis lesson with Serena Williams, on doublemint.com powered by uBid.com from March 24 - April 25, 2003. The launch of the "Feel the Green" Auction, benefiting the Tom Joyner Foundation, kicked off at NASDAQ 100 where the top two female ranked players in the world will take center court. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030324/CGM034 ) "We partnered with Doublemint on this auction because we wanted to help raise money for a good cause," said Serena Williams. "The items up for bid provide everyone a chance to collect something special while giving back to education." Doublemint's goal is to raise $10,000 for the Tom Joyner Foundation, which supports education through scholarships provided to historically black colleges and universities. The three week charity auction will offer tennis fans a variety of different items including: -- Private tennis lesson with Serena Williams -- Tickets to the US Open in New York, donated by the Williams Sisters -- Specially designed "Doublemint Feel the Green" Wilson tennis racket signed by Serena and Venus Williams -- Serena and Venus Williams' 2003 NASDAQ 100 outfits -- Serena Williams' 2003 Wimbledon outfit -- Venus Williams' 2003 French Open outfit -- Wilson tennis bags and rackets signed by Serena and Venus Williams "Doublemint and the Williams sisters are partnering up to have some fun and raise money for education," said Sandra Oi, Doublemint marketing manager. "This auction will feature some of those fun, exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that everyone will want to get their hands on." The "Feel the Green" concept is the current Doublemint advertising campaign featuring Venus and Serena Williams. The "Feel the Green" Auction will run from March 24 - April 25, 2003. The exclusive Williams sanctioned items can be found at doublemint.com, powered by uBid.com. All of the proceeds will go directly to the Tom Joyner Foundation. "We are thankful for Doublemint's commitment to education," said Tom Joyner, founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation. "This auction will raise funds and awareness for our cause to further strengthen the power of black universities and colleges around the country." Serena and Venus Williams have gone head-to-head in the women's singles final match in five out of the last six grand slam tournaments. They are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, respectively, as they head into the NASDAQ 100, in Miami, FL. that will be contested from March 16 - 29. About Wrigley The Wrigley Company is the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum and a recognized leader in the confectionery business, with global sales of nearly $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit: www.wrigley.com . About uBid uBid, a majority-owned operating company of CMGI, Inc., is a leading retail auction and e-commerce marketplace that offers consumers and businesses brand name merchandise at greatly reduced prices. The company's Internet auctions feature a rotating selection of more than 12,000 products daily as well as the discounted merchandise in the uBid Superstore, a fixed price environment. uBid's Superstore was created to offer great products at excellent prices and low shipping rates! With more than 4 million registered users, uBid is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality experience on the Internet and offers supplier warranties on most consumer products. uBid also meets Better Business Bureau Online standards, which gives customers the confidence and security to bid safely online. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ubid.com . CONTACT: Nancy Beauregard of Edelman Worldwide for Doublemint, +1-312-240-2726, email@example.com , or Kelly McGrail of Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company, +1-312-645-4754, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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