Wal-Mart Raises $10 Million for Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals During May Campaign Including $84,424.74 for Columbus Childrens Hospital

June 12, 2007

Childrens Miracle Network announced today that Wal-Mart and Sams Club associates met their goal to raise $10 million during the month of May in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their partnership with Childrens Miracle Network.  Columbus Childrens Hospital is one of 160 Childrens Miracle Network hospitals that will benefit from the May campaign.  Wal-Mart and Sams Club associates, customers and members in Central Ohio raised $84,424.74 of the $10 million total, and $195,238.53 since January 1, 2007.  Miracle Balloons were sold for $1.00 during the month-long campaign, and each dollar raised benefits the life-saving care at Columbus Childrens Hospital.

Wal-Mart and Sams Club associates continue their unwavering commitment to Columbus Childrens Hospital, said Brian Harman, Childrens Miracle Network Director at Childrens Hospital.  The enthusiasm of associates to raise funds for the patients and families we serve during the May campaign was truly inspiring. We couldnt help so many children without the support of our friends at Wal-Mart and Sams Club.

On May 31, in-store 20th anniversary celebrations were held in Wal-Mart stores and Sams 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 Childrens Miracle Network hospitals. 

May was a remarkable month for Wal-Mart, Sams Club and the Childrens 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 the medical needs of children, Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, partnered with Childrens Miracle Network.  As evident by Mays activities, Wal-Mart and Childrens 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 childrens hospitals since 1987, and that number continues to grow as 1.3 million associates in over 4,000 locations support Childrens Miracle Network.

About Childrens Miracle Network
Childrens Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for childrens hospitals across North America.  Each year the 170 Childrens 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 visit http://www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org/.

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, millions of customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sams Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.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, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmartstores.com, or www.walmartfoundation.org.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.