October 8, 2004

Contact: Jennifer Riordan 272-0261 office, 220-0702 cell.

               Denise Placencia 277-5685

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

There will be no time for Phi Kappa Theta fraternity members at New Mexico State University (NMSU) to do homework or study for upcoming mid-terms this weekend.

Instead, they will spend a non-stop 36 hours playing video games as part of the "Extra Life for Kids" video game marathon to benefit the children at the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital, the state's only Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital.

To donate money to this great cause, members of the public can make donations by registering at the website www.extralifeforkids.com. Donations of at least $30 that are received before November 1 will be honored with a free t-shirt. Corporations are also welcomed to sponsor the marathon or donate food, beverage, or games for marathoners who will be playing video games non-stop all weekend.

Children's Miracle Network is the alliance of premier hospitals for children.  It is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping more than 170 hospitals and 17 million children in North America. Children's Miracle Network's purpose is to generate funds and awareness for the benefit of children and its member hospitals.  Every year, Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide charity care worth billions, and depend on community support to help fund these vital services. Throughout New Mexico, every dollar donated via Children's Miracle Network directly benefits UNM Children's Hospital.