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American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers' Association Lend a Paw to Ring NASDAQ Opening Bell 

On October 14, 2009

New York, NY– American Kennel Club® (AKC) and Cat Fanciers' Association® (CFA) announced today that Meet the Breeds™ Chairperson, Gina DiNardo, will ring the NASDAQ opening bell on October 14th 2009 on behalf of leading toymaker and NASDAQ Member Company, JAKKS Pacific (NASDAQ: JAKK). JAKKS is a licensee of the AKC and CFA and is a sponsor of the upcoming Meet the Breeds event.

AKC and CFA's Meet the Breeds, held October 17 & 18 at the Javits Center in NYC, is the world's largest showcase of cats and dogs.  The event offers cat and dog lovers the rare opportunity to meet nearly 200 breeds and interact with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

DiNardo will be joined by the Cat Fanciers' Association and American Kennel Club, including CFA President Pam DelaBar and AKC President Dennis Sprung.  In addition to being broadcast on national business television at 9:30 am ET, the bell-ringing ceremony will be webcast live on NASDAQ's website ( and on the NASDAQ MarketSite Tower in New York City's Times Square.

“We are honored to ring the NASDAQ opening bell on behalf of our close partner, AKC and CFA pet toymaker, JAKKS Pacific,” said DiNardo.”JAKKS has created an array of top-notch pet products that strengthen the bond between pet owners and their faithful companions.”

For more information about Meet the Breeds, visit