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Wal-Mart Raises $10 Million in May for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Including $66,000 for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) 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 CMN.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is one of 160 CMN hospitals that will benefit from the May campaign. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members of the 35 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations in the Greater Pittsburgh area raised $66,000 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 provided at Children’s. The additional funds from this campaign bring Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club’s local contribution to $176,000 since fundraising for 2007 began in January.

“The enthusiasm of the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates and the generosity of their customers is truly inspiring and greatly appreciated,” said Roger Oxendale, President and CEO, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. “Children’s Hospital could not help all of the children and families we do without the continued support of all our donors. I see the difference donations like these make in the lives of our patients every single day. We are grateful for their continued support.”

On May 31, in-store 20th anniversary celebrations were held in Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs throughout the country. Local Wal-Mart stores served cake to customers and associates and continued to fundraise by asking customers to sign a giant thank-you card for the doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital for a $1 donation to Children’s Miracle Network. Earlier in the month, Sam’s Club #6678 at Mt. Nebo Point in Pittsburgh received a visit from Miss America Lauren Nelson who, in addition to other celebrities like Marie Osmond, LeAnn Rimes, and Mary Lou Retton, lent her support to 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.” “Wal-Mart wanted to make this Children’s Miracle Network anniversary year special, and I am so proud that the associates of the Pittsburgh market came through with creativity, spirit, and hard work,” said Marcy Sloneker, Wal-Mart Market Manager.

Campaign History
In 1987, moved by a desire to impact the 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. Last year Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates raised over $282,000 in support Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

About Children’s Miracle Network
Children’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.

Learn more about Children’s Miracle Network.

About Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC was founded in 1890 with the support of the Pittsburgh community. As a community resource, Children’s cares for every child, regardless of the family’s means.

Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 400,000 visits to Children’s and its locations each year.

Children’s also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking seventh among children’s hospitals (FY 2005) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health and one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country by Child magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

Learn more about Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart 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.

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Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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