Due to an overwelming response to the Mario Lemieux Foundation's Bid for 66 on-line auction, additional items will be posted on Monday, March 13 and run through Monday, March 20.
PITTSBURGH — March 6, 2006 — The Mario Lemieux Foundation announced the start of the Bid for 66 on-line auction event to benefit cancer and neonatal research.
This special 10-day on-line auction is comprised of memorabilia from some of the most recognizable names in sports, including Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Ben Roethlisberger, Daytona 500 champ Jimmie Johnson and many more! The Bid for 66 on-line auction will be held March 5th through March 15th at www.mariolemieux.org.
The following is a sample of items that are available for bid during the Bid for 66 on-line auction:
- Mario Lemieux autographed memorabilia
- Pittsburgh Penguins autographed and game used memorabilia
- Sidney Crosby autographed memorabilia
- Ben Roethlisberger autographed Harley Davidson motorcycle helmet
- Mario Lemieux autographed Pittsburgh Penguin Igloo Club tickets vs. the New Jersey Devils on March 11th
- Dan Marino autographed Pittsburgh Panthers jersey
- Freddy Adu autographed D.C. United jersey
- Autographed artwork featuring Mario, Michael Jordan, Yogi Berra and more
- Autographed Mellon Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational merchandise
- Golf apparel and accessories
All proceeds from the Bid for 66 online auction benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation. The Foundation was created in 1993 by hockey legend Mario Lemieux. In that year, Mario was enjoying the greatest season of his brilliant career and on pace to establish a new National Hockey League (NHL) scoring record. Then he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.
After a successful battle with Hodgkin’s, Mario is now cancer free and his experience lead him to focus on ways to assist those not so fortunate. He devotes much of his time to the Foundation raising funds to support the Foundation’s cancer and other important medical research initiatives.
The objective of the Mario Lemieux Foundation is to fund promising research projects being conducted by the most talented scientists in the field. The Foundation’s most significant gift is a $5 million award to the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, to establish the Mario Lemieux Centers for Patient Care and Research. The Lemieux Foundation Board of Directors has designated the following University of Pittsburgh Medical Center entities as recipients of the gift: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; Magee-Womens Hospital – Austin Lemieux Neonatal Research Project; and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
The Foundation’s most recent gift of $2 million to the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh will establish the Lemieux Family Center and serve as the lead gift for the Children’s Home expansion. The gift is the largest in the Children’s Home history. The Lemieux Family Center will serve the patients and families at the Children’s Home, and a new Austin’s Playroom will also be established at the new facility.
In line with the Foundation’s commitment to medical research, the Foundation has made a commitment to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of western Pennsylvania. The Foundation has also made a $1 million gift to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for an endowed chair in pediatric oncology research.
Finally, in addition to the Foundation’s research projects, the Playroom Project initiative was established following Nathalie and Mario Lemieux's personal experience while caring for their profoundly premature infant son at Magee-Women’s Hospital. It was then that Nathalie devised this idea to someday raise funds for playrooms at area hospitals in western Pennsylvania. The Playroom Project seeks to benefit families and improve the quality of a child's hospital experience whether as a visitor or patient
The Mario Lemieux Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization.