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'FRIENDS TOGETHER' BRINGS HOPE TO CHILDREN IN NEED

 NEW YORK, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The producer of the world-famous M.I. Hummel(R) figurines is introducing a unique program that will aid the children of the world through the United States Committee for UNICEF, the organization devoted to helping children in need.
 "Friends Together," an exclusive new M.I. Hummel figurine, is being issued by the manufacturer, W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik of Germany, and distributed by Schmid, as the first step in a three-year program that will raise funds and increase public awareness of the lifesaving work of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund.
 For every "Friends Together" figurine sold, a $25 contribution will be made by the companies to the United States Committee for UNICEF, in support of charitable and educational work for the world's children. Goebel officials believe this partnership may result in as much as $1.5 million donated to the U.S. Committee to help UNICEF-assisted projects worldwide.
 The project was announced today by Dieter E. Schneider, chief executive of marketing and sales for Goebel, and Paul A. Schmid III, president of the Schmid Company, the exclusive U.S. distributor of M.I. Hummel, at a gala breakfast at the United Nations.
 Eartha Kitt, the spokesperson for the United States Committee for UNICEF, expressed appreciation on behalf of the organization. Mr. Schmid and Mr. Schneider presented "Friends Together" figurines to ambassadors of several countries targeted for special aid to children during the 1990s.
 The ceremonies also included the first screening of a new video, which links the inspiration and history behind every M.I. Hummel figurine with UNICEF and its worldwide efforts to improve the lives of children around the world.
 "Friends Together" is being issued in a six-inch size as a limited edition of 25,000 worldwide (suggested retail: $475) and in a four-inch commemorative edition (suggested retail: $260).
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 /CONTACT: Betty Keepin of Pedone & Partners, 212-627-3300, for M.I. Hummel and UNICEF/


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