Press Release

BJ's Wholesale Club Launches Online Auction to Support Children and Families in Need

2006 BJ's Charity Championship Online Auction Begins Today

July 19, 2006 7:25 AM EDT

NATICK, Mass., July 19, 2006 -- Bidding is now open for the 2006 BJ's Charity Championship Online Auction. Participants can place a bid on incredible items including autographed sports memorabilia, vacation packages, electronics, diamond jewelry and more at All proceeds from the online auction will be donated to BJ's Charitable Foundation to fund nonprofit organizations that help children and their families live healthier, happier and more secure lives.

"Auctions are a unique and fun way for consumers to bid on exciting merchandise while supporting vitally important causes," said Paul Bass, executive vice president of merchandising at BJ's Wholesale Club. "Participants in this auction will be helping the BJ's Charitable Foundation achieve its goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact on community programs that support children and families."

The online auction is in collaboration with the BJ's Charity Championship presented by Olay(R), which is part of The Legends Tour, the "Official Legends Tour of the LPGA." This year's tournament will take place August 4 - 6 at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Mass. In 2005, the tournament raised over $1 million for charity. More information on the golf tournament can be found at

About The BJ's Charity Championship

The BJ's Charity Championship is a three-day Legends Tour event sponsored by BJ's Wholesale Club, which consists of a one-day Pro-Am on Aug. 4 followed by a 36-hole tournament Aug. 5-6 featuring 30 two-player teams competing for a $500,000 purse. Funds raised from the tournament will be administered through the BJ's Charitable Foundation to support community-based programs benefiting children and families. A $150,000 grant from the BJ's Charitable Foundation earlier this year funded the first outdoor playground at Children's Hospital Boston.

About BJ's Wholesale Club

Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The Company currently operates 165 Clubs and 88 gas stations in 16 states. For more information about BJ's, please visit


SOURCE: BJ's Wholesale Club

CONTACT: Sharyn Frankel of BJ's Wholesale Club, +1-508-651-8534,