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May 26, 2012 - Publix Super Markets Raising Funds for USA Children's & Women's Hospital with 3-Week Miracle Balloon Campaign
In-store Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Fundraiser Kicks Off May 26 USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises life-saving funds for its member hospitals, are pleased to confirm that Publix Super Markets will host its spring "Miracle Balloon" campaign May 26 - June 15. The annual fundraiser will help improve the lives of more than 42,000 sick and injured children treated annually at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. 2012 marks the 21st year that Publix employees and customers will rally to help hospitals like USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital through the purchase of $1, $3 and $5 balloons at the register. In addition to helping fund a variety of life-saving treatments, medical equipment, and research, Publix customers can receive in-store coupons up to $20 in value as an incentive for their donation. USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is a proud member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. One hundred percent of the funds raised through the participation of the hospital’s national partners in special events throughout the year stays within the local community, directly supporting the patients served by Children’s & Women’s. "Last year, Publix surpassed the $20 million mark in overall funds raised for our member hospitals. These dollars have led to dramatic improvements in hospital necessities as well as services for uninsured or underinsured families," said John Lauck, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. "We are so grateful to the energized Publix employees and generous customers over the years; their support is vital to the hospitals for which they raise funds.” In addition to the upcoming Miracle Balloon campaign, Publix markets — in conjunction with select major food brands — will be participating in the Produce for Kids program May 31 - June 28, which raises additional funds and encourages healthy eating among families. Visit to locate your nearest market. About USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital: USA Children's & Women's Hospital is one of less than ten freestanding children's and women's hospitals in the country. To learn more about USA Children's & Women's Hospital, please visit or call (251) 415-1000. About Publix Super Markets, Inc.: Publix is privately owned and operated by its 151,500 employees, with 2011 sales of $27.0 billion. Currently Publix has 1,051 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at Press contact: Bob Lowry Public Relations USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital 415-1358

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