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The Children's Institute Launches The Campaign for an Amazing Future

Funds from Campaign to Renovate Squirrel Hill Facility and Expand Programs

and Services

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Children's Institute announced the launch of the public phase of The Campaign for an Amazing Future, a $30 million comprehensive campaign. As the premier provider of pediatric rehabilitation services in western Pennsylvania, The Children's Institute will use the funds to support acquisition of and renovations to their Squirrel Hill facility, introduction and enhancement of programs and services, and start-up funds for applied research and for a scholarship fund for tuition assistance.

The Campaign has been well launched with early gifts totaling $15 million, including $12 million from friends of The Children's Institute and more than $3 million in state funding. "We're very excited about our future at The Children's Institute," says David K. Miles, MEd, MPM, President and CEO of The Children's Institute. "The Children's Institute is being asked to do more to adequately serve the needs in our community-to provide a greater level and number of services to more children. The Campaign for an Amazing Future will allow us to accomplish these goals."

Specifically, the funds are supporting the creation of a leading-edge Center for Autism, which will be used to implement and study innovative and integrated treatment and education models for children with autism. Additionally, a pediatric unit has been added to provide pediatric respite, palliative and hospice care.

The funds also will support the development of programs to further treat and research critical areas of pediatric care, such as autism and childhood obesity.

A scholarship fund will also be established to ensure children with special needs continue to receive a quality education at The Day School at The Children's Institute.

"The Children's Institute is, and has been, a significant resource for children, families, caregivers, educators and physicians for more than 100 years," says Board Chair, Joseph E. Imbriglia, MD, FACS. "With the funds from this campaign, we will be able to continue to grow and provide the critically- needed physical space to accommodate our growing programs and services."

Ann McGuinn, immediate past Chair and current member of the Board of Directors of The Children's Institute, together with her husband, Marty, retired Chairman and CEO of Mellon Financial Corporation, are co-chairing the Campaign.

The Campaign for an Amazing Future kicked off with a celebration at Heinz Field on October 14th, and activities for the entire community continue throughout the month, including:

* Project STAR's Annual Fall Harvest Day and Hayride at Hartwood Acres on

October 20th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

* Foundation Breakfast at The Children's Institute on October 25th from 8

- 9:30 a.m.

* Education Forum: A panel discussion, Healthcare Reform and Regulations

and their Effect on the Future of Pediatric Healthcare at The Children's

Institute on October 26th at 9 a.m.

* Community Open House at The Children' Institute on October 27th from

1-3 p.m.

Additionally, Dozen cupcakes, located in Squirrel Hill, is creating a special cupcake to honor The Children's Institute and its Amazing Future. A portion of the proceeds from each amazing cupcake sold from October 14th - 21st will benefit The Children's Institute.

For a complete listing of upcoming events and additional information about The Campaign for an Amazing Future, visit

About The Children's Institute

Established in 1902, The Children's Institute is an independent, non- profit, licensed organization in Pittsburgh dedicated to promoting the well being of children, young people and their families and to providing services that meet their special needs. A unique comprehensive approach of The Children's Institute -- hospital, school, adoption service -- sets the organization apart from others in western Pennsylvania. In fiscal year 2007, The Children's Institute served more than 4,600 children and their families.

The Children's Institute is an independent, licensed nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive approach to pediatric rehabilitation: The Hospital, The Day School and Project STAR. The Hospital includes an 82-bed inpatient unit and numerous outpatient rehabilitation services for children and young adults. The Day School is an Approved Private School for children ages 2 to 21 with neurological impairments, including autism. Project STAR promotes the right of all children, especially those with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities, to grow in a safe, nurturing, lasting family.

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