August 21, 2006

Contact: Barbara C. Lemaire, Ph.D. 505/277-5628

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Albuquerque, N.M.-On Thursday, August 24, it will be a sight to behold when more than 268 MINI Coopers descend on Albuquerque as part of MINI TAKES THE STATES. A 15-day, 19-state, cross-country journey of epic proportions; the route starts in Monterey, Calif., and ends in Lakeville, Conn., covering 4,000 miles. It is sponsored by MINI USA to create camaraderie among MINI owners and generate visibility for the local charities that MINI Motoring Hearts supports.

Eryn Remiger, the GM of Sandia MINI, has chosen UNM Children's Hospital, specifically the Carrie Tingley Inpatient Unit, to benefit from MINI Motoring Hearts. Remiger said, "I was amazed to find out that Carrie Tingley Hospital provides the only state-of-the-art care for children with musculoskeletal disease, for example spina bifida and cerebral palsy in New Mexico."

New Mexico MINI Motoring (NMMM) is New Mexico's club for MINI owners. NMMM has participated in other fund-raising for UNM Children's Hospital, and is a major resource for MINI TAKES THE STATES.

This event is only for MINI motorists, who for an entrance fee of only $10 per car, can enjoy an ongoing BBQ through the afternoon and evening, parking lot games and test their driving accuracy skills. They can also take laps on the track that will throw enough twists and turns to shake the cobwebs loose, and test their fine motor skills. It is a great opportunity to test your skills and will be fun for everyone while benefiting UNM Children's Hospital.