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Clay Aiken's Bubel/Aiken Foundation Raises Over $500,000 to Benefit Children With Disabilities at Gala Honoring the 2008 'Champions Of Change'
Date:11/24/2008

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Supporters of The Bubel/Aiken Foundation helped to raise over $500,000 at its recent gala honoring the 2008 "Champions of Change." The inspirational evening was held on October 18, 2008 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center in North Carolina. The moneys raised will be used to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to play, learn and grow side-by-side with their typical peers.

The gala benefit celebration featured dinner and addresses by Foundation co-founders Diane Bubel and Clay Aiken. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in both a silent and a live auction in support of the Foundation's programs. The night was capped with a special performance by Clay Aiken, including songs from his newest release On My Way Here.

The Foundation selects "Champions of Change" for their substantive efforts to extend the boundaries of the human experience to children of all abilities, in keeping with the Foundation's mission of supporting communities with inclusive programs and creating awareness about the possibilities that inclusion can bring.

This year's honorees are:

  • CVS Caremark was named 2008 "Corporate Champion of Change" for their outstanding efforts to improve the lives of children with disabilities. The company's All Kids Can Program has made a 5-year $25 million dollar commitment to making life easier for children with disabilities. Through this signature program, CVS Caremark and the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will support non-profit organizations that provide innovative programs and services in local communities focused on ensuring that children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life. Learn more at www.cvsallkidscan.com
  • Dan Habib and Betsy McNamara were honored as 2008 "Champions of Change" for turning their personal goal of educational and social inclusion for their son, Samuel, into a universal goal of ensuring that all children have the tools to reach their full potential. The result is the film Including Samuel, which tells their son's story of inclusion, along with the trials and triumphs of four other subjects.
  • Rich Donovan was recognized as a 2008 "Champion of Change" for applying his world-class business acumen to creating means of empowerment for people with disabilities. As CEO of Integrated Process Solutions, Mr. Donovan provides large corporations and governments with ready-for-action profit opportunities as a "return on disability." Rich, who happens to have cerebral palsy, is Board Chairman of Lime Connect, showing real-life solutions - and real financial advantages - to hiring, working with, and providing products and services for people with disabilities.

The Bubel/Aiken Foundation serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with special needs and the world around them. By providing services and financial assistance, the Foundation supports communities and programs in creating awareness and opportunities for full inclusion where barriers break and doors open. Its goal is to create an environment for children where inclusion is embraced. To learn more about The Bubel/Aiken Foundation or find ways to get involved visit their website at www.bubelaiken.org.

About CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of health care services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve health care outcomes through its more than 6,800 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores; its Caremark Pharmacy Services division (pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy); its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, at http://cvscaremark.com/investors, as well as through the Newsroom section of the Company's Web site, at http://cvscaremark.com/newsroom.


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