June 11, 2007
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Wal-Mart Raises $10 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals including $75,309 for UNM Children’s Hospital
Area Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations participate in anniversary campaign to help local kids
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Children’s Miracle Network and UNM Children’s Hospital announced today that Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates met their goal to raise $10 million during the month of May in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their partnership with Children’s Miracle Network. UNM Children’s Hospital is one of 160 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals that will benefit from the May campaign. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members in New Mexico raised $75,309 of the $10 million total. Miracle Balloons were sold for $1 during the month-long campaign, and each dollar raised, benefits the life-saving care of the UNM Children’s Hospital.
"Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates continue to be amazing partners with UNM Children’s Hospital," said Hazel Tull-Leach, executive director of development. "The enthusiasm of associates to raise funds for UNM Children’s Hospital during the May campaign was truly inspiring. We couldn’t help so many children without the support of our friends at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club."
On May 31, in-store 20th anniversary celebrations were held in Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs throughout the country. Celebrities participating in events around the country ranged from government officials and local athletes to pageant winners and radio personalities. Marie Osmond, LeAnn Rimes, Mary Lou Retton and Miss America Lauren Nelson also lent their support of the month-long celebration by traveling across the country, visiting stores and clubs, and speaking to the media to raise awareness about Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
"May was a remarkable month for Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and the Children’s Miracle Network," said Pat Curran, executive vice president, Wal-Mart Stores People Division. "We always set ambitious goals at Wal-mart, but $10 million in one month was a record-breaker, even for us. Thanks to our associates and customers, children across the country will get the care they need and deserve. Our success with this fundraising campaign is just one example of how Wal-Mart associates and customers have a positive impact on the world."
In 1987, moved by a desire to impact medical needs of children, Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, partnered with Children’s Miracle Network. As evident by May’s activities, Wal-Mart and Children’s Miracle Network continue to celebrate that decision and the impact it has had on children throughout North America. In total, Wal-Mart associates have raised more than $387 million for children’s hospitals since 1987, and that number continues to grow as 1.3 million associates in over 4,000 locations support Children’s Miracle Network.
About UNM Children’s Hospital
Nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art patient care, excellence in teaching, cutting-edge research, and compassionate family-centered care, UNM Hospitals’ vision is to identify and solve the most important questions of human health in our communities. UNM Hospital is the state’s only Level One Trauma Center for children and adults, serves as the Regional Burn Center, and operates the only Pediatric Oncology Program in New Mexico. As the largest public in New Mexico, UNM Hospitals serves as the safety net not just for the Albuquerque metropolitan area, but the entire state. We are committed to caring for all New Mexicans regardless of their families’ ability to pay, assuring all New Mexicans have access to the best medical treatment.
About Children’s Miracle NetworkChildren’s Miracle Network is a non profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year the 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. To learn more visithttp://www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org/.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, millions of customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online store atwww.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $270 million to local communities in the United States. To learn more, visitwww.walmartfacts.com,www.walmartstores.com, orwww.walmartfoundation.org.