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updated 10/14/2010 8:47:09 PM ET 2010-10-15T00:47:09

Chile's 33 newly rescued miners are being showered with gifts from iPods to European travel after gaining celebrity status following a more than two-month entrapment.

While underground, they received Oakley sunglasses and Elvis music. But more gifts are coming their way now.

And that's on top of possible book and film deals, insurance compensation and possible future awards from lawsuits. Victor Segovia kept a journal throughout the men's two-month ordeal, was expected to be the main target of international publishers, but his family told reporters the manuscript has not yet been sold.

Cash is king
Chilean Jewish mining executive Leonardo Farkas has written each of the 33 miners a $10,000 check. Farkas reportedly gave the checks in the miners' names to each of the families and set up a separate fund to collect donations, The Associated Press reported. Farkas is a well-known philanthropist in Chile who appears annually on a telethon run by the country's major television networks to raise funds to help children with developmental disabilities. In 2008 he donated about $1.5 million to the cause.

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Farkas owns businesses in several industries, with mining comprising the most important of his holdings.

He was sued recently by his Australian partners and accused of inappropriately using company funds for personal charitable donations.

Going Greek
Employees of the Greek mining company Elmin are raising money to fund a trip for the Chilean miners and companions to the Greek island of their choice.

"We want them to relax on our beaches with the sun and our sea," wrote Liberis Polixronopulos, an executive at the firm.

Touched by Jobs
Apple boss Steve Jobs sent them all a new iPod Touch, the portable media player. Chilean officials withheld the iPods before the rescue, concerned that the men might use music to isolate themselves from their fellow miners, the Guardian newspaper of London reported.

In Elvis' building
Elvis Presley Enterprises extended an invitation to Edison Pena for an expense-paid visit to Graceland. Pena had requested Elvis music so the trapped workers could have sing-alongs and keep their spirits up. Elvis DVDs, CDs, and even souvenir Elvis sunglasses were sent down the shaft to Pena. Delta Airlines has offered to pay for Pena's flight.

"We look forward to welcoming Edison to Memphis, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and all things Elvis when he feels up to the trip," said Kern. "Elvis fans are everywhere, and we all now know who is the biggest fan in Chile."

Pena's wife said the couple was very happy with the invitation but had not yet decided when the trip would be.

Goal!
Famed British soccer player Sir Bobby Charlton, who comes from a family of miners, has invited all of the miners to attend a Manchester United soccer game at Old Trafford as soon as they have "medical clearance," according to a spokesman.

Manchester United also invited them to watch them play in Europe.

Miner Franklin Lobos, the 27th rescued, was a professional soccer player before making his career underground. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera gave Lobos a soccer ball, which he clutched while he was wheeled into a medical facility.

A rescuer-miner game is being organized, with Lobos as the captain for the miners' team.

While the miners were underground, FC Barcelona sent down T-shirts autographed by players to cheer them up.

The Chilean football players' association has offered a trip to South Korea.

Bolivian miner, Carlos Mamani, was promised a strip of land by his country's president, Evo Morales. Mamani reportedly said he would build a home for his family and never not underground again.

Something fishy going on?
Sushi xx, a Santiago-based company, promised each of the rescued miners a year's worth of free sushi, the Guardian reported. However, the offer was heavily criticized as a crass publicity stunt, and the company's president apologized, the Guardian reported.

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Video: Still in spotlight, miners see bright new day

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    >> reporter: the picture an entire nation waited more than two months to see. all 33 miners alive and well , and free. mean while, outside the regional hospital today, a swarm of onlookers and cameras from all over the world, waited to catch a glimpse of chile's new heroes. and standing in the crowd, a group of teenage girls . hoping to see 19-year-old jimmy sanchez, their newest idol. asked about all the attention rescued miner richard says, it makes you want to cry.

    >> i think they're more anxious to get out from the hospital than they were from the mine.

    >> reporter: inside, family members anxiously waited to see their loved ones. this, after celebrations broke out in chile streets last night. thousands cheering along a parade route of ambulances transporting the 33 miners to the hospital. they were wheeled in like rock stars still wearing their sunglasses. greeted by a flurry of camera flashes. he was the ship leader, and the last miner out in a successful rescue that took less than 24 hours . he surfaced 12 minutes after climbing into the capsule, marking the end of a 70-day nightmare. chile's president told him, your shift is done. i congratulate you. you did your duty and came out last, like a good captain always does. they sang the official song of the miners, with their helmets over their hearts. deep in the mine, before climbing into the capsule themselves, the rescuers

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  1. Relatives of the 33 Chilean miners celebrate after the rescue of the last miner in Copiapo, Chile, on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The 33 miners had been trapped 700 meters underground since Aug. 5. (Ian Salas / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Rescue workers hold a sign reading "Mission Accomplished Chile" after the last of the 33 trapped miners, Luis Urzua, was lifted from the mine in the Fenix 2 capsule Wednesday. (TVN CHILE) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Chileans celebrate after the last miner was rescued in Copiapo, on Wednesday. The extraordinary two-month survival story many called a 'miracle,' triggered wild celebrations. (Mariana Bazo / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Chilean trapped miners gather inside the San Jose mine as the rescue operation starts in Copiapo on October 13, 2010, in this handout photo by the Chilean navy. (Armada De Chile / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The last miner to be rescued, Luis Urzua, who is credited with organizing the miners to ration food and save themselves, celebrates next to Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, at right, at the end of the rescue operation at San Jose mine in Copiapo, Wednesday. (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Chilean trapped miner Luis Urzua, right, who was shift leader when the San Jose mine collapsed in early August, poses next to a rescuer before the start of the operation to hoist them to safety from the mine in Copiapo on October 13, in this handout photo from the Chilean navy. (Armada De Chile / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. People celebrate the end of the successful rescue operation to free 33 trapped miners from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday. (Martin Mejia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Miner Franklin Lobos, a former professional soccer player, receives a ball as a gift from Chile's President Sebastian Pinera after Lobos became the 27th miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine. (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Esteban Rojas, 44, kneels in prayer after stepping out from the rescue capsule and becoming the 18th miner to be rescued on Wednesday at the San Jose mine. (Hugo Infante / Chilean Government via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Raul Bustos, the 30th miner to be rescued, is carried away by stretcher. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Franklin Lobos greets a relative after being rescued from the San Jose mine. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Roxana Gomez, daughter of rescued miner Mario Gomez, cries as she watches the rescue of her father on a TV screen at the relatives camp outside the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday. (Natacha Pisarenko / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Miner Alex Vega reacts show off his t-shirt after being rescued from the mine near Copiapo, Chile on Wednesday. (Hugo Infante / Chilean Government via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Relatives of Chilean miner Victor Zamora watch a TV broadcast of his rescue operation taking place at the San Jose mine. (Ian Salas / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The oldest of the trapped miners, Claudio Mario Gomez, 59, celebrates as he becomes the ninth to exit the rescue capsule on Wednesday, near Copiapo, Chile. (Chilean Government via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Roxana Gomez, center, daughter of miner Mario Gomez, and Maria Segovia, right, sister of trapped miner Dario Segovia, react while watching the rescue operations on TV. (Natacha Pisarenko / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Miner Claudio Yanez applauds as medics carry him away on a stretcher after his rescue from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine early Wednesday. (Hugo Infante / Chilean government via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Miner Osman Araya, right, greets his wife, Angelica Ancalipe, early Wednesday, moments after he was rescued from the collapsed mine where he had been trapped with 32 others for more than two months. (Hugo Infante / Chilean government via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. People watching a large screen in a public square in Copiapo celebrate as Mario Sepulveda becomes the second miner to reach the surface. (Mariana Bazo / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Miner Mario Sepulveda celebrates after emerging from the rescue capsule. (Hugo Infante / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. People watching television screens in Copiapo celebrate as they watch the first miner to be rescued, Florencio Avalos, emerging safely. (Dario Lopez-mills / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera embraces rescued miner Florencio Avalos, left, after his rescue. (Jose Manuel De La Maza / Chilean / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. The capsule that is being used to bring the trapped miners to the surface is moved into position at the start of the operation. (David Mercado / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, center, observes as the rescue capsule is lowered into the shaft for its final test. (Hugo Infante / Gov. Of Chile / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Miners greet rescuer Manuel Gonzalez after he arrives at the base of the shaft. (TVN CHILE) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Relatives and friends of the trapped miners celebrate while watching the rescue of Florencio Avalos on a television screen at a camp outside the mine. (Natacha Pisarenko / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. A man clasps his hands together as if in prayer as he watches the rescue operation on a large screen in Copiapo. (Mariana Bazo / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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