SOURCE: King Features

November 10, 2010 17:29 ET

For Veterans Day, Beetle Bailey Cartoonist Mort Walker Supports the Troops With Comic Strip Tribute and Military Charity Auction

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) - During Veterans Day Week 2010, Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker honors the military with a Sunday comic strip tribute and online charity donations, highlighted by a special auction to help raise money to support U.S. troops via the USO and seven other military charities.

In partnership with CharityChoice Gift Cards (www.ccgiftcards.org), the Beetle Bailey Military Charity Auction at www.BeetleBailey.com offers bidders the chance to win two one-of-a-kind portfolios of Beetle Bailey art prints autographed to the winner and donated by Mort Walker, as well as signed copies of his new book, "Beetle Bailey: The Daily & Sunday Strips 1965." The auction, which kicked off on Friday, Nov. 5, ends this Sunday, Nov. 14 at 6:00 PM EST. 

The special Veterans Day comic strip -- part of Walker's monthly 60th Anniversary series commemorating unforgettable moments in American military history and patriotic observances with a hilarious Beetle spin -- ran on Sunday, Nov. 7. Beetle Bailey is syndicated by King Features to more than 1,800 newspapers worldwide.

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About CharityChoice and Special Kids Fund
Special Kids Fund was founded 10 years ago as a non-sectarian umbrella fundraising organization for special needs children and at-risk youth. CharityChoice Gift Cards was launched in 2004 as the nonprofit pioneers, and is a leader in recipient-designated charity gifts. We have broadened our mission to include all kinds of charitable causes, creating a new channel for charitable funds for over 150 major and many local charities available on our online list at www.ccgiftcards.org.

About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at thousands of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families, and the families of the fallen.

The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors. In addition to individual donors and other corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners American Airlines, AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Gallery Furniture, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission and to learn more about the USO, please visit www.uso.org.

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