Expedia to Help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Ring NASDAQ's Closing Bell

BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To officially launch St. Jude's annual Thanks and Giving campaign, actor Steve Guttenberg, friend and supporter of St. Jude, will ring NASDAQ's closing bell on Tuesday, November 22.  In appreciation of Expedia, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: EXPE) ongoing partnership with St. Jude, Kristin Graham, vice president of engagement and communication, will represent Expedia with Mr. Guttenberg during the ceremony and both will make remarks about the impact of St. Jude in the field of pediatric cancer.

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"We're proud to be representing St. Jude's Thanks and Giving partners in the closing bell ceremony but the real honor is partnering with St. Jude every day to find cures for childhood cancers," said Kristin Graham, vice president engagement and communications, Expedia, Inc.

Acclaimed actor Steve Guttenberg, star of hit movies such as Cocoon, Police Academy and 3 Men and a Baby, is starring in a new Broadway play with St. Jude's National Outreach Director and spokesperson, Marlo Thomas, whose father, Danny Thomas founded St. Jude.

Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Expedia, Inc. is one of more than 50 St. Jude partners in the Thanks and Giving Campaign which runs from Thanksgiving week through the end of the year, raising funds to fight childhood cancer.

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