May 5, 2005
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CVS Signs On as Presenting Sponsor of John Ratzenberger's "Newport Under the Stars" Extravaganza
Event to Support Programs for Kids at Joslin Diabetes Center
BOSTON and PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- CVS/pharmacy, the nation's largest retail pharmacy, has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the two-day fundraising event "John Ratzenberger's Newport Under the Stars" to benefit programs for kids at Joslin Diabetes Center. The exciting event will take place Sept. 25 and 26, 2005, in Newport, R.I. and will feature The Ratzie Regatta, a Star-Studded Dinner Auction and the John Ratzenberger Celebrity Golf Tournament.
John Ratzenberger, a popular actor, writer and producer, is the voice of many well-known characters in Pixar films; host and Executive Producer of the Travel Channel's John Ratzenberger's Made in America; and the embodiment of the know-it-all postman in the former TV show, Cheers. But it is his most important role as the family member of a person who has lived with diabetes since the age of four that has him dedicating this year to raising funds to help find a cure for diabetes. Ratzenberger is determined to put his celebrity status, many resources and distinctive voice behind the fight to find a cure.
John is personally working with CVS on the event. He says, "Right from the start, CVS has stepped up to the plate. We make a great team and I appreciate the significant resources they are committing to the fight against diabetes and helping kids with diabetes live healthy and happy lives."
CVS will be included in all print and advertising related materials, as well as have significant presence throughout the event itself.
"As a healthcare provider that offers pharmacy services to millions of families, John's commitment to the many kids and families served by Joslin Diabetes Center resonated with us," said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations at CVS/pharmacy. "Funds raised from Newport Under the Stars will have a significant impact on children with diabetes, and we're proud to be a part of this exciting event."
One in every 400 to 500 U.S. children and adolescents lives with type 1 diabetes. Helping these children grow to live full, healthy lives is inherent in Joslin Diabetes Center's mission and among its highest priorities.
Proceeds from "Newport Under the Stars" will support programs for kids at Joslin Diabetes Center, including diabetes research, pediatric clinical care and the Camp Joslin camping programs. To learn more, call 1-800-Joslin-1 or visit www.NewportUnderTheStars.com.
CVS is America's largest retail pharmacy, operating more than 5,400 retail and specialty pharmacy stores in 36 states and the District of Columbia. With more than 40 years of dynamic growth in the retail pharmacy industry, CVS is committed to being the easiest pharmacy retailer for customers to use. CVS has created innovative approaches to serve the healthcare needs of all customers through its CVS/pharmacy stores; its online pharmacy, CVS.com; and its pharmacy benefit management and specialty pharmacy subsidiary, PharmaCare. General information about CVS is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's website, at http://investor.CVS.com, as well as through the pressroom portion of the Company's website, at www.cvs.com/pressroom.
About Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center, dedicated to conquering diabetes in all of its forms, is the global leader in diabetes research, care and education. Founded in 1898, Joslin is an independent nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Joslin research is a team of more than 300 people at the forefront of discovery aimed at preventing and curing diabetes. Joslin Clinic, affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the nationwide network of Joslin Affiliated Programs, and the hundreds of Joslin educational programs offered each year for clinicians, researchers and patients, enable Joslin to develop, implement and share innovations that immeasurably improve the lives of people with diabetes. As a nonprofit, Joslin benefits from the generosity of donors in advancing its mission. For more information on Joslin, call 1-800-JOSLIN-1 or visit www.joslin.org.
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