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Build-A-Bear Workshop[R] and the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation Support Canine Companions for Independence[R].

ST. LOUIS -- During the month of May, one dollar from the sale of each stuffed dog from the Bearemy Kennel Pals([R]) collection available at Build-A-Bear Workshop Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) is an American retailer that sells customizable teddy bears and other stuffed animals. Build-A-Bear is the largest of the create-your-own animal chains with the other companies in the business consisting of regional and/or locally-owned ([R]), will be donated by the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Bear Hug

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 Foundation to Canine Companions for Independence([R]). This program was inspired by Shea Megale, a thirteen-year-old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a term applied to a number of different disorders, all having in common a genetic cause and the manifestation of weakness due to loss of the motor neurons of the spinal cord and brainstem.  who has written a series of books about the adventures of her assistance dog, Mercer, to raise funds for Canine Companions for Independence. The organization matches highly trained assistance dogs with children and adults with disabilities and placed Mercer with Shea in 2004.

"Shea is a heroic young woman that is dedicated to raising awareness Raising awareness is a common phrase advocacy groups use to justify a particular event, brochure or even the entire organization. Raising awareness refers to alerting the general public that a certain issue exists and should be approached the way the group desires.  about the valuable role of assistance dogs," said Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop. "Build-A-Bear Workshop strives to support causes that are important to Guests and Shea has motivated us to help Canine Companions for Independence. "

In April of 2008, Shea made her debut at[R]), the Build-A-Bear Workshop online world, along with her assistance dog, Mercer. While visiting Build-A-Bearville[TM], Shea and Mercer met citizens of the virtual world with the goal of encouraging them to make a difference in their community and beyond.

From May 18 to May 31, Shea and Mercer will return to Build-A-Bearville, back by popular demand. Shea will be appearing on The Chloe Show to be interviewed by ChloeRocks[TM], the avatar spokesperson for Build-A-Bearville and to discuss her cause. Guests who watch Shea's interview will receive a FREE virtual gift. Inspired by Mercer and all assistance dogs, Guests of[R]) can visit the gymnasium to teach their virtual furry friends to do three new moves by playing minigames. After Guests earn all three moves, they can continue to play and earn Bear Bills([R]) to shop for virtual Build-A-Bearville stuff.

About Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs with five regional training centers across the country. Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For more information, visit or call 1-800-572-BARK.

About Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation

Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundationis committed to making life more bearable bear·a·ble  
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 for children, families, and pets in need of a helping paw (tool) PAW - Physics Analysis Workbench. . The Foundation makes grants to qualified non-profit organization A non-profit organization (abbreviated "NPO", also "non-profit" or "not-for-profit") is a legally constituted organization whose primary objective is to support or to actively engage in activities of public or private interest without any commercial or monetary profit purposes.  that support the health and wellness of children and families, the care and welfare of animals, the preservation of the environment, and the promotion of literary and education for all. Visit for more information.

About Build-A-Bear Workshop([R])

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the leading and only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal
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 retail-entertainment experience. Founded in 1997, the Company and its franchisees currently operate more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop([R])stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (pwār`tō rē`kō), island (2005 est. pop. 3,917,000), 3,508 sq mi (9,086 sq km), West Indies, c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) SE of Miami, Fla. , Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and France, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. In 2007, the interactive experience was enhanced - all the way to CyBEAR[TM]space - with the launch of[R], the company's virtual world stuffed with fun. The company was named to the 2009 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For[R] list. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE NYSE

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) posted total revenue of $468 million in fiscal 2008. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company's award-winning Web site at

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