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University of Iowa News Release

July 27, 2005

CMN To Honor Wal-Mart, Sam's Club Associates For Million-Dollar Gift

The Children's Miracle Network (CMN) will honor Wal-Mart and Sam's Club associates during its "Superstars for Kids" event Friday, July 29 at Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores rank among the most generous benefactors of children. The "Superstars for Kids" event showcases the outstanding volunteer fundraisers at each location across the region. Attendees will enjoy an awards luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. and bid on special items during an auction to benefit Children's Miracle Network. At 1:20 p.m., they will tour a newly renovated inpatient unit in Children's Hospital of Iowa. Wal-Mart and Sam's Club associates supported the renovation with a $1 million donation.

Karl Kruse, Wal-Mart district manager, will help present the awards.

"Our associates tirelessly raise funds for projects at Children's Hospital of Iowa. The renovation of the second floor is a wonderful example of how our employees get behind this project. It's so beautiful and family-friendly," Kruse said. He will present more than 100 awards for top fundraisers at various locations, including Prairie du Chien, Wis. and Galesburg, Ill.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization.

Money donated to Children's Miracle Network is used to enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays, support research and purchase sophisticated pediatric health care technology. Its hallmark is that locally generated donations stay in the local area to benefit patients at the local children's hospital. To date, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.2 billion for children's hospitals. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 130,000 children receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

If you would like more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum or Michelle Altmaier at 319-335-8484. You can learn more or even make a donation online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,