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story.lead_photo.caption This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Walmart Inc. is taking part in a charity auction and sweepstakes that will give would-be vendors a chance to pitch their products to Walmart's chief executive or spend a day shadowing him at the retailer's Bentonville headquarters.

Online sportswear seller Fanatics is sponsoring the All-In Challenge, a series of events to raise money for five hunger-relief organizations. Many businesses and celebrities have signed on for the challenge, according to Fantics' website.

The auction is open to small- or mid-sized businesses, and the highest bid as of Thursday afternoon was $12,000. Ten winners will travel to Bentonville to make 10-minute pitches for their products to Walmart Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon and an executive panel. One of the winners will be selected to have their product featured on

Bidding closes at 8 p.m. today.

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The sweepstakes portion of the challenge offers a day of shadowing McMillon, followed by dinner with him. A single entry is free, but up to 200 entries may be purchased at varying price tiers.

Bids and sweepstakes entries may be made at

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