May 23, 2005

Contact:Jennifer Riordan 272-0261 office or 220-3017 cell; Denise Codding 277-4553

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Octopus Car Wash is partnering with UNM Children's Hospital for their first-ever customer focused fundraiser to support programs to help the children at UNM.

"Wrap Your Arms Around Our Kids" campaign begins June 1 through June 30. All Octopus Car Wash locations around Albuquerque will sell paper-icons of an octopus holding babies for $1 with the proceeds going to UNM Children's Hospital.

This concept has been adapted from similar programs around the country used by Children's Miracle Network. "This is a perfect partnership because Octopus Car Wash has a magnificent icon to represent the theme," said Steve McKernan, CEO of UNM Hospitals. "Wrapping many arms around our children gives a wonderful visual for the community to support our much needed programs."

"We are pleased to be a part of this campaign to bring awareness to children's services at UNM and in New Mexico ," said Jill Jurkens of Octopus Car Wash. "We thank our customers in advance for their support."

UNM Children's Hospital serves more than 57,000 New Mexico children every year. The hospital offers the most comprehensive care for children, available in New Mexico , and has the highest level of intensive care for children suffering from an illness or injury. Pediatric physicians specialize in many areas, including pediatric surgery, neonatology, oncology, cardiology, pulmonary and much more. All Octopus Car Wash locations in Albuquerque will be participating.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center provides added value to health care through leadership in providing innovative, collaborative education; advancing frontiers of science through research critical to the future of health care; delivering health care services that are at the forefront of science; and facilitating partnerships with public and private biomedical and health enterprises. For more information on the UNM Health Sciences Center , visit http://.hsc.unm .edu.