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April 10, 2006 21:26 ET

Eric Lindros Visited Variety Village in Support of BMW X5 Hockey Edition Charity Auction

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 10, 2006) -

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One lucky bidder has the opportunity to own the limited Hockey Edition BMW X5 driven by Eric Lindros and have the vehicle personally delivered by the hockey superstar himself. With only 30 Hockey Editions in the world, this is any BMW enthusiast and sports fan's dream. The vehicle is available on eBay Canada ending Wednesday, April 12th, 2006. This is the last vehicle available for auction.

In support of the BMW X5 Hockey Edition Charity Auction, hockey superstar Eric Lindros visited Variety Village, meeting the children and offering them autographed BMW hockey memorabilia. "I am very glad that I had the chance to meet these extraordinary kids from Variety Village. I invite everybody to visit and bid on the vehicle I represented for the past months" says Eric Lindros. "This is a great opportunity to own a really rare and unique vehicle, which will help support two fantastic charities."

"Eric Lindros created a very special moment for the children at Variety Village and we're very excited to be part of the BMW X5 Hockey Edition Charity Auction," says Lynne Wallace, President and CEO of Variety - The Children's Charity. "BMW's efforts are a great example of how a company can support its community in a unique way. The funds raised will go a long way towards supporting our efforts to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families."

Launched on February 17th 2006 and running until April 11th, BMW Group Canada and the BMW GTA Retailers are proud to be auctioning off 30 unique 2006 BMW X5 Hockey Edition 3.0i's on eBay Canada and The BMW GTA Retailers generously agreed to completely donate 100% of the funds raised from auctioning two of the limited edition vehicles to charity. These funds are committed to the support of two leading children's charities, with proceeds going to the SickKids Foundation and to Variety - The Children's Charity. A portion of the proceeds of the remaining 28 vehicles will also be given to both charities.

Each one of these remarkable Sports Activity Vehicles has been driven by 23 professional hockey heroes, including Tie Domi, Mats Sundin, Ed Belfour, Eric Lindros and more. In addition to their extraordinary pedigree, each of these vehicles has been equipped with very specific upgrades that make an already exceptional driving experience that much more unique. Each X5 Hockey Edition features a distinctive blue colour combination and is individually numbered and signed. As only 30 were ever produced worldwide, these vehicles are the very definition of exclusive. Suggested retail price for a X5 3.0i with equal equipment is $72,800 Canadian, plus taxes and delivery.

And if that weren't enough, Eric Lindros will present the winning bidder with the keys to his or her 2006 BMW X5 Hockey Edition. The winning bidder will also receive autographed BMW hockey memorabilia from Eric.

While there is still time to participate, the auction will come to an end April 12th, 2006, 8:30 p.m. EST. Interested bidders can check out the vehicles in person at selected Greater Toronto Area BMW retailers.


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