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Walmart and Sam’s Club associates gear up again to show the power of $1

May 06, 2015

Customers of Wisconsin's Walmart and Sam's Club stores can make a difference with a dollar during the annual Miracle Balloon fundraising campaign May 4 through June 14. At Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay stores, customers can donate at the register, with proceeds going to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. In 2014, this fundraiser, organized by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provided $900,000 for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Funds are used where they are needed most, funding critical treatments and research, therapy programs, life-saving medical equipment and charitable care, ensuring kids receive the best.

“I am very honored to be involved in supporting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, my local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Their commitment to helping kids means so much to me and I’m proud to ask each customer I come across in the month of May to consider giving back. It’s all for the kids,” said Waukesha Walmart Associate Olga Line.

The Walmart and Sam's Club stores have been so successful in their fundraising — more than $750 million since 1987 — that all 1.4 million associates were honored with the 2014 Founder's Award from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, in recognition of the remarkable contribution they have made collectively to children's hospitals. In 2014, Walmart and Sam’s Club contributed more than $50 million overall to 170 member children’s hospitals. The Founder’s award was presented to representatives of Walmart, Walmart Canada, Walmart Logistics and Sam's Club, on behalf of all associates, at the Children's Miracle Network Hospital's annual "Momentum" event held in Orlando, Fla, last November.

“We recognize the remarkable 2014 Walmart fundraising results are because of compassionate and dedicated front line associates like Olga Line,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “This award allows us to thank all of them for making such a huge impact on children’s care. Miracles are happening in neighborhoods across the United States and Canada because Walmart associates understand the urgent needs of children’s hospitals and encourage their customers to give what they can.”

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals organizes events year-round in retail outlets across Wisconsin. To learn more about how to help kids in your community, visit www.CMNHospitals.org.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better --anytime and anywhere --in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,156 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in all 10 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2013, Children’s invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.

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