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Fourth Annual Bench Warmer Trading Cards Holiday Gala and Toy Drive

Published December 9th, 2009

Saturday night, December 5, Hollywood, CA

Bench Warmer CEO, Brian Wallos, hosted the Fourth Annual Bench Warmer Holiday Gala and Toy Drive benefiting Toys For Tots. Founded in early 1992, Bench Warmer created the female trading card category with its first release of 120 cards featuring beautiful women in their favorite sports garb. To learn more about Bench Warmer visit their website: http://www.benchwarmer.com

The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. To learn more about Toys for Tots or to make a donation go to http://www.toysfortots.org/

Here is Brian with some of Santa’s Little Helpers.

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Vote for Pedro! Napolean Dynamite star, Efren Ramirez was one of the celebrities on the ‘red-carpet’ at the Toy Drive.

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Here we have Latin Percussionist & Arranger, Paris Escovedo. He’s a great guy, who’s favorite supercross is Anahiem. What he likes about supercross “…not knowing the outcome of a race until the final lap – you just never know what’s going to happen next!” To learn more about Paris Escovedo and listen to some of his music, visit his website: http://www.sonicbids.com/parisescovedoproject

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Here was have Freestyle Motocross star, Ronnie Faisst on the ‘red-carpet’.

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Now, this is Melissa “Mojo” Hunter with two of the Marines. She also likes the Anaheim supercross. And why not? Her answer was pretty simple “It’s fun!” Melissa has been involved in the industry doing a variety of things, including Umbrella Girls. Learn more about Melissa on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/mojomodel

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Next was Rebecca Mary. She was cool too! Her favorite MX athlete – Kyle Loza! Why does she like him? “Because he breaks images of stero-types. Great guy, especially once you get to know him.”

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Just some of the many donated toys underneath the 14 foot Douglas Fir Christmas tree!

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Pictured with me is Jessica Hall, host for Playboy Radio. Jessica was awesome, nice, and easy to talk with. And yes folks, she rides! “I’ve been involved in riding since I was a little kid. My parents started me out on a PW80! Then I got a KX80, and then a YZ 125! I don’t ride so much today, but I still like to go out to the dunes every now and then.” Her favorite supercross raced – Las Vegas. Her favorite rider – Jeremy McGrath. Shhhh … don’t tell anyone, but she used to baby-sit Kyle Lewis’s kid!

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Next is Nikki Griffin. You may have seen her on the show “The O.C.” She loves ESPN’s XGames and says, “It’s all about the power … and the sweaty guys with the bikes between their legs!” ;)

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Last, but not least, is Lana Kinnear. Have you’ve seen her before? She’s great, easy to talk with, smart, great attitude. Oh yeah – you HAVE seen her on Supercross.com before! Her favorite supercoss is Anaheim and her favorite rider is Tyler Evans. Want to learn more about Lana and see more pictures of her? Check out her website: http://www.absolutelana.com

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