For Immediate Release

Sophie Nassif 412.456.3472
sophie.nassif@ketchum.com

  October 1, 2003

Dino Auction Extravaganza Makes Tracks for Pittsburgh Charities
DinoMiteSM Days Dinosaurs Find New, Permanent Homes

PITTSBURGH, PA – After four months adorning Pittsburgh’s parks, plazas and streets, the DinoMite Days dinosaurs are making their way back to the art exhibit’s warehouse to prepare for a month-long online dinosaur auction extravaganza.

Enter the Prehistoric Portal
Beginning today, a “prehistoric portal” will open on the Web. Anyone interested in a piece of Jurassic art can log onto www.dinomitedays.org to place a bid for one of the uniquely decorated DinoMite Days dinosaurs. The winning bids’ proceeds will benefit local charities, as well as Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s world famous “Dinosaur Hall.” Half of the auction’s proceeds will benefit the “Dinosaur Hall” renovation and expansion, while the other half will assist the not-for-profit organization of the “sponsaur’s” choice.

“Becoming involved in the DinoMite Days auction is a worthwhile cause and great way to show support for Pittsburgh institutions,” said Bill DeWalt, then-director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “We are making it easy for anyone to take home a piece of this very memorable outdoor art exhibit by accepting bids throughout the month of October.”

Lights, Camera, Auction!
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, with guidance from Pittsburgh’s online experts Assets Auction, specially designed an innovative, virtual jungle for the DinoMite Days auction. As part of the online auction, all of the dinosaurs have been designated into three different lots, with most bids starting as low as $1,000.

The sale of “Lot 1” dinosaurs will take place from October 1 through October 22, “Lot 2” bidding will take place from October 1 through October 27, and “Lot 3” bids will be closed November 2. Simply register through the DinoMite Days Web site and start bidding.

Auction & Gala — An Event of Jurassic Proportions
In addition to the online dinosaur auction, Carnegie Museum of Natural History is hosting a black-tie gala event to help raise additional funds for its “Dinosaur Hall,” as well as various Pittsburgh charities. On October 18, the new David L. Lawrence Convention Center will roll out the red carpet and set the scene for a prehistoric event of Jurassic proportions.

“This event is going to be spectacular,” said Susie Perelman, co-chair of DinoMite Days. “From waterfalls to palm trees to rocks larger than the dinosaurs themselves, the new Convention Center will be transformed into an exotic, prehistoric jungle. And, the best part is that all of the event’s proceeds will benefit the city’s charities and museum.”

To enhance the event’s magical scenery, authentic props from all three Jurassic Park movies will arrive from Hollywood to adorn the Convention Center halls. Guests will enjoy entertainment by vibrant bird stilt walkers directly from Disney’s theme parks in Orlando and tribal drummers who are helping to set the stage. Twenty-six DinoMite Days dinosaurs will be onsite for attendees to bid on. For those who can’t attend the gala, the live auction dinosaurs will be available via live simulcast at the event from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Individuals who would like to participate in the DinoMite Days auction who don’t have room for a dinosaur at home can take part in a silent egg auction at the black-tie gala. Decorated dinosaur eggs, autographed by celebrities, athletes and designers, will be up for bid during the auction. (Eggs decorated by area school children will also be available to purchase at the gala for $25). Guests may also purchase the DinoMite Days coffee table book, t-shirts and other related merchandise at the affair. One lucky gala-goer will go home with a dinosaur for as little as $100, as raffle tickets for one special prehistoric friend will be available onsite at the gala. The winner will be announced at the end of the auction.

Key government officials, corporate and not-for-profit “sponsaurs" and beneficiaries will be offering comments and placing bids for their favorite dinosaurs and eggs. The price to attend the entire Gala evening, including dinner and the auction, is $200.00 per person.

Jurassic Jungle After Party
Pittsburghers will have a chance to participate in a prehistoric party after the auction at the Convention Center. Entertainment for the after-hour crowd in the “Jurassic Jungle” begins at 10:00 p.m. on October 18 and will continue until 2:00 a.m. as New York’s hottest DJ, Lady Bunny, keeps everyone dancing the night away. Tickets to this event are included for gala attendees and can also be purchased individually -- $40.00 in advance and $50.00 at the door. Everyone is invited to partake in desserts, drinks, dancing and more!

A Final Dinosaur Farewell
After the October 18 gala and “Jurassic Jungle” party, Carnegie Museum of Natural History invites Pittsburgh families to stomp over to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the Dollar Bank Family Day.

On October 19, families can bid a final farewell to the 100 DinoMite Days dinosaurs before they make tracks to their permanent, new homes. Mr. McFeely, of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, will deliver a day of family fun. From revealing the People’s Choice Awards for the city’s favorite dinosaurs to announcing the winner of the Rafflesaurus, a dinosaur that individuals can buy raffle tickets to win, this day promises to be filled with games, a scavenger hunt, paleontological demonstrations and surprises.

For more information about the final era of DinoMite Days, please visit www.dinomitedays.org or contact Sophie Nassif at 412/456-3472.

About Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Founded in 1895, Carnegie Museum of Natural History ranks among the six largest natural history museums in the United States, with more than 20 million specimens, objects and artifacts. The museum is the world's third-largest repository of dinosaur fossils and contains one of the world's greatest collections of publicly displayed dinosaur skeletons, as well as one of the foremost collections of gems and minerals. The museum is a distinguished research institution and a dynamic, family-friendly destination.

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