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Lilly to Sponsor Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference

Lilly is first-ever company to be designated as ALC's premier sponsor; Working for Better Health exhibit will be showcased at the conference

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced its sponsorship of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 38th Annual Legislative Convention (ALC), set for September 24 -- 27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Lilly's sponsorship marks the first time a company has committed the funding required -- $500,000 -- to be designated as ALC's premier sponsor.

ALC is an important annual gathering of African Americans focusing on public policy and legislative issues impacting their community. The four-day conference features dozens of forums on economic development, criminal justice, public health and education, as well as general sessions, exhibits, health and job fairs, book signings and networking opportunities.

ALC typically draws more than 18,000 people, including many executives, state and local elected officials, celebrities, sports personalities, national and local media, and the 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), said the Foundation deeply appreciates and acknowledges the tremendous investment that Lilly has committed to the organization's mission.

"Our sincere gratitude is extended to Eli Lilly and Company for its sustained commitment to the work of the CBCF," Dr. Scott said. "We look forward to its continued support as we work to advance African Americans and people of African descent towards equity in economics, health and education."

Derica W. Rice, Lilly's senior vice president and chief financial officer, said the company is "extremely proud" to be the first-ever premier sponsor of ALC. "The 2008 ALC will serve as a capstone to another banner year for the CBCF and we are honored to support the Foundation's efforts around public health, education, leadership development and many other roles that they play in improving the lives of African Americans," Rice said.

In addition to its premier sponsorship, Lilly's new "Working Together for Better Health" booth will provide useful information and resources to conference attendees, including A Healthy You! -- America's Guide to Healthy Living. A Healthy You! is a 148-page pocket-sized guide that provides information and resources on how to lead a healthy life and prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

"For the past 130 years, it has been Lilly's mission to provide 'Answers that Matter,'" said Rice. "Whether these answers are in the form of drugs that treat some of the world's most urgent needs, disease management programs that improve patient care, or the general health care information found in our book, our goal is to help people live better lives."

Lilly and CBCF have maintained a strategic partnership for nearly a decade in efforts to keep the lines of dialog open to improve the healthcare landscape for African Americans.

About the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc.

CBCF was established in 1976 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and education institute to help improve the socio-economic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities. For more about CBCF or ALC, go to .

About Lilly

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of first-in-class and best-in-class pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers -- through medicines and information -- for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at . C-LLY

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