‘Walmart Associate’ Earns Prestigious Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Founders Award

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The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Founders Award is the highest honor presented annually by the charity to top supporters. The award recently was presented to representatives of Walmart, Walmart Canada, Walmart logistics and Sam’s Club - on behalf of all associates - at the charity’s annual “Momentum” event, held in Orlando, Fla.

All Walmart Associates Are Recognized for Supporting Local Children’s Hospitals

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.

An award historically given to one individual making a profound impact on children’s hospitals was presented this year to the unnamed “Walmart Associate,” representing 1.4 million Walmart and Sam’s Club associates fundraising for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. The 2014 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Founders Award was presented to representatives of Walmart, Walmart Canada, Walmart logistics and Sam’s Club — on behalf of all associates — at the charity’s annual “Momentum” event, recently held in Orlando, Fla.

The Founders Award is the highest honor presented annually by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to top supporters. Past award recipients include Roy Disney, longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company; Bill Marriott, chairman of Marriott International; and Arnold Palmer, legendary professional golfer.

The six-week Walmart and Sam’s Club Miracle Balloon campaigns raised more than $40 million in the U.S., contributing to the more than $50 million overall total raised for member children’s hospitals in 2014. Community donations are used by local hospitals where they are needed most, funding critical treatments and research, therapy programs, life-saving medical equipment and charitable care.

“Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is an organization I strongly believe in, said Donna Mikrut, Walmart 5060 associate of Algonquin, Ill. “It helps children get great medical care to ensure a healthier, brighter future. At the end of the day that is what makes my heart happier, knowing I helped to make a difference.”

“We recognize the remarkable 2014 Walmart fundraising results are because of compassionate and dedicated front line associates like Donna Mikrut,” 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.”

Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club have raised more than $750 million for 170 local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To find your member hospital and to learn how to help kids in your community, visit http://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. 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.

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