CVS Caremark and Boundless Playgrounds Named Finalists for U.S. Chamber Partnership Award

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept 22, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) has recognized CVS Caremark for its partnership with Boundless Playgrounds, Inc. to build inclusive playgrounds for children of all abilities throughout the country.
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"This year has truly brought home the fact that none of us can solve problems alone, but together we can make a difference," said BCLC Vice President and Executive Director Stephen Jordan. "We salute CVS Caremark and Boundless Playgrounds for their success - and we encourage all citizens not only to get involved in the Partnership Award voting contest, but to spread the word and show support for this great partnership."

The Partnership Award is part of BCLC's annual Corporate Citizenship Awards showcasing businesses, trade associations, and chambers of commerce for demonstrating ethical leadership and corporate stewardship and for making a positive difference in society.

The BCLC selected CVS Caremark as a Partnership Award finalist for the Company's four-year relationship with Boundless Playgrounds to bring more inclusive playgrounds to communities across the country. CVS Caremark's signature giving program, All Kids Can - a five-year, $25 million commitment to make life easier for children with disabilities and to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion - has so far donated nearly $4 million dollars to Boundless Playgrounds. CVS Caremark employees have also contributed to the planning and/or construction of more than 50 Boundless playgrounds across the country.

The winner of the 2009 Partnership Award will be determined by online public vote. BCLC encourages voters to go to BCLC's portal, www.bclcvote.com, by November 6 to learn more about the finalists and to vote for their favorite partnership.

"It's an honor to be considered a finalist for this award and we are proud that it highlights our work with Boundless Playgrounds, a long-time partner and true ally in promoting the inclusion of all children," said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "As a company, CVS Caremark is committed to improving the lives and health of those we serve."

"With goals and missions that are so closely aligned, we are proud to partner with CVS Caremark whose deep and generous commitment to inclusion places them at the forefront of the national inclusive play movement," said Frederick Leone, Chief Executive Officer, Boundless Playgrounds. "CVS Caremark's support of over 50 Boundless playgrounds has allowed millions of children throughout the country to play and learn together."

The winner will be announced on December 1 at BCLC's 10th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards Dinner at the U.S. Chamber's historic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The celebration is expected to draw 300 business, civic, and government officials.

All awards categories and finalists can be viewed at www.uschamber.com/bclc/awards. The other business-nonprofit partnerships being honored as finalists are: Chevron and Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, The Estee Lauder Companies and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Ford Motor Company and the National Latino Children Institute, and Nationwide Foundation and American Red Cross.

BCLC is the U.S. Chamber's resource and voice for business' social and philanthropic interests. Its mission is to advance the positive role of business in society. The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

CVS Caremark All Kids Can

All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS Caremark, is a five-year, $25 million commitment to support children with disabilities. The goals of All Kids Can are to support children with disabilities by raising awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion, creating greater opportunities for physical activity and play, and providing access to medical rehabilitation and related services. CVS Caremark and its more than 215,000 employees help children with disabilities learn, play and succeed through partnerships with leading local and national nonprofit organizations such as Easter Seals and many others across the country. For more information, visit www.cvsallkidscan.com.

Boundless Playgrounds

Boundless Playgrounds is the nation's leading nonprofit developer of truly inclusive playgrounds where children, with and without disabilities, can play together in a fun and welcoming environment. There are more than 150 Boundless playgrounds in 29 states and Canada with nearly 100 more under development. For more information about Boundless Playgrounds, visit www.boundlessplaygrounds.org.