Hollywood's Biggest Names Join Mervyn's and Major League Baseball for Second Annual Mervyn's Bases to Benefit RBI Program, Featuring Online Auction July 1-14 on MLB.com

HAYWARD, Calif.--()--June 17, 2003--

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Mervyn's, a Target Corporation company, has aligned with Major League Baseball (MLB) for an exclusive national charity event called Mervyn's Bases to Benefit(SM) RBI. The program combines the biggest names in Hollywood and baseball, autographing and decorating baseball bases, to be auctioned on MLB.com July 1-14. Proceeds from the bases will benefit Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), a grassroots youth initiative managed by Major League Baseball.

Hollywood luminaries, including Billy Crystal, Cindy Crawford, Kiefer Sutherland, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Marisa Tomei, Ashton Kutcher, and Angela Bassett, as well the casts of the television shows "That `70s Show," "American Dreams," "CSI," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," and "The King of Queens," are among the many celebrities participating in the program. A complete list of all participants is below.

Twenty-nine MLB teams will also participate in the initiative this year -- including the World Champion Anaheim Angels -- as well as such marquee stars as Frank Thomas (Chicago White Sox), Shawn Green (Los Angeles Dodgers), Tom Glavine (New York Mets), Juan Gonzalez (Texas Rangers), and more.

In addition, this year, Mervyn's and Major League Baseball have announced celebrities Carlos Bernard ("24") and Ali Landry ("Full Frontal Fashion") and baseball Hall of Famers Joe Morgan and Tony Perez as the official spokespersons for Mervyn's Bases to Benefit(SM) RBI. Each will decorate and sign their own base. Landry will appear in a videotaped promotional piece, to be shown at all 29 ballparks, and Bernard will participate in the official launch of the campaign June 17 by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium, prior to the Dodgers-Giants game that evening. Morgan and Perez also have taped radio spots promoting the charity, to be broadcast nationwide in English and Spanish.

"The Mervyn's Bases to Benefit(SM) RBI program is a fun and creative way to help a very worthy cause," said Landry, a former Miss USA who now serves as host of the WE: Women's Entertainment series "Full Frontal Fashion." "I'm thrilled at the overwhelming response from those in the entertainment community who, through this program, support the dreams of young boys and girls who love our American pastime."

"Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) does fantastic work with kids who are often at a disadvantage in life," added Bernard, who currently stars in the FOX drama series "24." "I am proud to be associated with the Mervyn's Bases to Benefit(SM) RBI program, which creates opportunities, helps kids stay off the streets and learn about sportsmanship and teamwork."

From July 1-14, fans will be able to log on to MLB.com to bid on all the bases. All proceeds from the MLB.com auction will be donated to RBI, a grassroots outreach program designed to promote youth interest in baseball, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children, and encourage kids to stay in school. The program, which began in 1989, has helped more than 120,000 boys and girls each year in 185 cities across America.

"We are pleased to be working with Major League Baseball to take Mervyn's Bases to Benefit(SM) RBI to a national level," said Lee Walker de Sarvide, vice president of marketing for Mervyn's. "The commitment by Major League Baseball to this program further exemplifies the importance of RBI to the league, and we hope that our combined efforts help raise even greater awareness and resources for this worthy organization."

"Major League Baseball has administered and funded the RBI program since 1991, and we are excited to have Mervyn's join in the effort to give disadvantaged youth the opportunity to play ball and to enjoy our national pastime," said Thomas C. Brasuell, Major League Baseball Vice President of Community Affairs.

For more information on the Mervyn's Bases to Benefit(SM) RBI program or how to bid on the bases, please visit www.mlb.com or call 1-800-MERVYNS for more information.

About RBI

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) was created in 1989, as Los Angeles-area Major League scouts, led by John Young, sought to increase the number of young players, give more local athletes an opportunity to play baseball, and establish a program that would develop talent. The Dodgers joined scouts, representatives from junior high schools, high schools, and colleges, along with the Amateur Athletic Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department in developing a program that has grown from a local project into a 186-city national entity. In fact, in 1991, RBI was adopted and funded by Major League Baseball and currently attracts over 120,000 children worldwide.

About Mervyn's

Mervyn's, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a family-friendly neighborhood department store with 265 locations in 14 states. Known for its big brands at small prices, Mervyn's has a well-earned reputation for its extensive selection of national- and owned-brand fashions and housewares. With hundreds of top national brands such as adidas(R), Cuisinart(R), Dockers(R), Fieldcrest(R), Gloria Vanderbilt, Haggar(R), KitchenAid(TM), Lee(R), Levi's(R), Nike(R), Nine & Company, Samsonite(R), Sideout(R), and Unionbay(R), Mervyn's offers trend-right fashions for the entire family and the home. With a focus on improving the lives of children and families, Mervyn's, together with parent company Target Corporation, annually contributes more than $2 million a week to communities where the company operates.

The complete list of celebrities and baseball players signing bases (subject to updates) to be auctioned July 1-14 is as follows:

ENTERTAINMENT

Billy Crystal
Cindy Crawford
Kiefer Sutherland ("24")
Marisa Tomei
Angela Bassett
Donny Osmond
Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox
Carlos Bernard
Ali Landry
Hector Elizondo

The Cast of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"
 Sarah Michelle Gellar
 Nicholas Brendan
 Alyson Hannigan
 Anthony Stewart Head
 James Marsters
 Emma Caulfield
 Michelle Trachtenberg
 Tom Lenk
 Joss Whedon ("Buffy" creator)
 Marti Noxon ("Buffy" exec. producer)

The Cast of "American Dreams"
 Gail O'Grady
 Brittany Snow
 Tom Verica
 Will Estes
 Vanessa Lengies
 Sarah Ramos
 Ethan Dampf
 Jonathan Adams
 Rachel Boston
 Arlen Escarpeta

The Cast of "King of Queens"
 Kevin James
 Leah Remini
 Jerry Stiller
 Patton Oswalt

The Cast of "That `70s Show"
 Ashton Kutcher
 Topher Grace
 Lisa Robin Kelly
 Mila Kunis
 Danny Masterson
 Laura Prepon
 Wilmer Valderrama
 Kurtwood Smith
 Debra Jo Rupp

The Cast of "CSI"
 William Peterson
 Marg Helgenberger
 Gary Dourdan
 Paul Guilfoyle

The Cast of "Days Of Our Lives"
 Kristian Alfonso
 John Aniston
 Matthew Ashford
 Kyle Brandt
 Jason Cook
 Bryan Dattilo
 Farah Fath
 Kyle Lowder
 Andrew Masset
 Thaao Penghlis
 Peter Reckell
 Melissa Reeves
 Suzanne Rogers
 Kirsten Storms
 Alexis Thorpe
 Eric Winter
 Arianne Zuker

The Hosts of "The Best Damn Sports Show Period"
 Tom Arnold
 Michael Irvin
 John Salley
 Chris Rose

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS

Joe Morgan
Tony Perez

ANAHEIM ANGELS
 Kevin Appier
 Bud Black
 Mickey Callaway
 Jeff DaVanon
 Brendan Donnelly
 David Eckstein
 Darin Erstad
 Bengi Gil
 Troy Glaus
 Adam Kennedy
 John Lackey
 Orlando Mercado
 Bengie Molina
 Jose Molina
 Ramon Ortiz
 Ron Roenicke
 Tim Salmon
 Scott Schoeneweis
 Scott Shields
 Scott Spiezio
 Jarrod Washburn
 Shawn Wooten

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
 Mike Myers

ATLANTA BRAVES
 John Smoltz

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
 Players TBD

BOSTON RED SOX
 Players TBD

CHICAGO WHITE SOX
 Frank Thomas

CINCINNATI REDS
 Players TBD

CLEVELAND INDIANS
 Josh Bard
 Jody Gerut
 Ben Broussard
 Brandon Phillips
 Milton Bradley
 Ricardo Rodriguez
 Matt Lawton
 Brian Anderson
 Ellis Burks
 Dave Elder
 Brian Tallet
 Jake Westbrook
 David Riske
 Danys Baez
 Zach Sorenson
 Shane Spencer
 Omar Vizquel
 Casey Blake
 Terry Mulholland

COLORADO ROCKIES
 Charles Johnson

DETROIT TIGERS
 Carlos Pena

FLORIDA MARLINS
 Derrek Lee

HOUSTON ASTROS
 Players TBD

KANSAS CITY ROYALS
 Ken Harvey

LOS ANGELES DODGERS
 Shawn Green

MILWAUKEE BREWERS
 Royce Clayton

MINNESOTA TWINS
 Jacque Jones

MONTREAL EXPOS
 Players TBD

NEW YORK METS
 Tom Glavine

NEW YORK YANKEES
 Players TBD

OAKLAND ATHLETICS
 Players TBD

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
 Kevin Millwood

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
 Reggie Sanders

SAN DIEGO PADRES
 Mark Kotsay
 Ryan Klesko
 Phil Nevin

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
 Andres Galarraga

SEATTLE MARINERS
 Dan Wilson
 Mike Cameron

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
 J.D. Drew
 Jim Edmonds
 Tony La Russa
 Matt Morris
 Jose Oquendo
 Eduardo Perez
 Albert Pujols
 Edgar Renteria
 Scott Rolen
 Red Schoendienst
 Brett Tomko
 Fernando Vina

TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS
 Damian Easley

TEXAS RANGERS
 Juan Gonzalez

TORONTO BLUE JAYS
 Shannon Stewart

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Contacts

Mervyn's
Leanne Furman, 510/727-5668
or
Major League Baseball
Carole Coleman, 212/931-7878
or
Shepley Winings Hober
Barry Smith/Marc Grossmann, 818/760-7131

Contacts

Mervyn's
Leanne Furman, 510/727-5668
or
Major League Baseball
Carole Coleman, 212/931-7878
or
Shepley Winings Hober
Barry Smith/Marc Grossmann, 818/760-7131