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Donald Trump, Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Garner Join 140-plus Celebrities Contributing to 'Staplers of the Stars' Online Charity Auction
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 24, 2004--

    Update: Hot Stapler Bids Go Over $500; Big Name Autographs Still
    Under $100

Bidding, bargains and big shots are all part of the Staplers of the Stars online charity auction at www.staples.com, and now 20 new celebrity-signed staplers have been added to the star-studded lineup that runs through December 6. Donald Trump, basketball star Kobe Bryant and actress Jennifer Garner are among the new donators who join more than 140 celebrities contributing to the Staplers of the Stars charity auction.

The auction offers a chance to buy a one-of-a-kind keepsake or holiday gift with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting more than 50 charities including the National Kidney Foundation, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and Staples Foundation for Learning.

Other new contributors include: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; the Dixie Chicks and JoAnna Garcia; pop star Cyndi Lauper; talk show music director Paul Shaffer; hockey stars Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux; basketball coaches Phil Jackson and Rudy Tomjanovich; model Brooke Burke; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps; business icon Steve Forbes; athletic wear giant Paul Fireman; Los Angeles sports managers Mitch Kupchak and Jeanie Buss; Trump advisers George Ross and Carolyn Kepcher; and the cast of the hit Broadway show Bombay Dreams.

Two days after the auction opened, bidding for staplers signed by Tiger Woods and Ringo Starr hit $500 each. Jennifer Love Hewitt, a self-proclaimed office supply fanatic and star of this season's "A Christmas Carol" and "Garfield," kicked off the event last week at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Bidding on her stapler reached $300 within 24 hours of posting. Other hot staplers include those signed by Paris Hilton, Bill Gates and Rudy Giuliani.

"We've made it easy to get a truly unique holiday gift for someone while supporting a charitable cause," said Shira Goodman, executive vice president of marketing for Staples. "We're grateful to all the stars who donated their signatures to make this fun and successful."

To view or bid on the staplers, visit the Staplers of the Stars auction at www.staples.com now through December 6, 2004. The staplers will come displayed in a trophy-style case ready for holiday giving. The auction is Powered By cMarket of Cambridge, Mass.

About Staples

Staples Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products retailer. With 60,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2003 sales of $13 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 19 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,600 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com


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    CONTACT: Staples Inc.
             Karen O'Neil, 508-253-7375
             Karen.Oneil@staples.com
                 or
             Tracy Tilson, 561-998-1995 ext. 15
             ttilson@tilsonpr.com

    SOURCE: Staples Inc.