47 Children to Smile Wider in 2012 Thanks to AnniesBid.com and Operation Smile

AnniesBid.com, a new auction website, raises more than $11,000 in just six months for global medical charity, Operation Smile, changing the smiles and lives of 47 children and adults suffering from cleft lip and palate.

Seattle, WA, January 14, 2012 --(PR.com)-- AnniesBid.com and Operation Smile have a lot to smile about in the new year. Since its July, 2011 launch AnniesBid has spread hundreds of smiles among the faces of its bidders who have won brand name consumer electronics, luxury, home goods and gift cards at as much as 90% off. The proceeds from these bargains will also spread “smiles” among children and adults born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates with the majority of profits set aside for Operation Smile.

AnniesBid.com is a new charity auction website dedicated to raising money for causes selected by its bidder community. In 2011, it surpassed its goal of raising $10,000 for Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity committed to providing free surgery and medical treatment for children around the world who suffer from clefts, which can be repaired in as little as 45 minutes, giving these children new smiles and hope for the future. AnniesBid’s fundraising will alleviate the suffering of 47 children without other access to such care.

AnniesBid.com has boldly committed in its mission statement to donating a majority of its profits to charity by contributing a portion of the final, gross purchase price of each item on the site to the featured charity, even where such a commitment has led to a loss on its auctions. The site did so by committing $1 per sign-up to its innovative Facebook fundraising app (http://www.facebook.com/Anniesbid) attracting over 3,000 users within a month. It parlayed this momentum into a successful launch that attracted hundreds of bidders, allowing it to meet its $10,000 goal ahead of schedule.

“Without the generosity of our supporters like AnniesBid.com, it would be impossible for us to provide free surgery – and smiles – for children worldwide,” said Dr. Bill Magee, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Operation Smile. “When you see a child look in the mirror for the first time after surgery, and then their parents’ tears of joy, you truly understand what a difference has been made in that child’s life, their family and the entire community.”

Those interested can still contribute to Operation Smile at AnniesBid through 2012 since select auctions will continue to raise funds for Operation Smile ensuring that the number of smiles in the world continue to grow through this charity and the contributions generated by AnniesBid.com bidders.

About AnniesBid.com

AnniesBid.com is new auction website where users can bid on and win items at up to 90% below retail, while at the same time raising money through charity through their bidding. Please visit http://www.anniesbid.com to learn more about our charity-benefit model, where “Bidding is Giving.”

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from over 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 2 million healthcare evaluations and conducted over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities, as well as patients suffering from burns. To build long-term self-sufficiency in developing countries, Operation Smile donates medical equipment, provides year-round medical treatment through Comprehensive Care Centers, and trains local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their own local communities.

Mark Jaklovsky