A little piece of majestic memorabilia manufactured right here in Orange has raised almost $10,000 to benefit the UK branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Earlier this month Pez Candy Company launched a global auction of an exclusive, one-of-a-kind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dispenser set with all proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish® UK. Pez fans and collectors had six days to cast their bids on eBay for a chance to win the unique souvenir of the royal wedding.
According to a PEZ press release, 25 participants made 46 bids with the winning bid of $9,893.33 made in the final moments by a New Jersey resident. In 2011, PEZ auctioned an exclusive set of royal dispensers on eBay for charity to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The great success of that auction prompted PEZ to launch a similar campaign for the Prince’s brother.
Make-A-Wish is an international foundation that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to inspire them and give them strength as they cope with their challenges. “Both PEZ and the Make-A-Wish Foundation have been bringing smiles to families for generations and PEZ is pleased to be able to contribute to Make-A-Wish and ensure more children’s dreams come true” said Christian Jegen, President & CEO of PEZ Candy, Inc. “We’re excited to have partnered with Make-A-Wish for this exciting charity auction and look forward to seeing the proceeds put to work in supporting the important mission of Make-A-Wish.”
Based in Orange, PEZ Candy, Inc. is the pioneer of “interactive candy” that is both enjoyable to eat and fun to play with. PEZ was first marketed as a compressed peppermint candy in 1927 in Vienna, Austria. Today, the company sells and markets its products worldwide with locations in Orange, Connecticut and Traun, Austria. Between them, the two locations distribute approximately 70 million dispensers and 5 billion candies per year. PEZ products are available in more than 80 countries worldwide and are a hot collectible for adults and children alike. PEZ dispensers have been a staple of American pop culture for over 60 years. To learn more, visit us.pez.com.
By Laura Fantarella – Orange News Correspondent