NEW YORK, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Samsung Electronics America Inc., a
world leader in consumer electronics, announced today that former NFL
football great Dan Marino will join Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope, its
North American cause marketing and good will program, to help raise money
for The Dan Marino Foundation which funds research and treatment for
childhood autism. Now in its fifth year, Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope is
an innovative philanthropy program that combines the forces of major
national retailers with sports, music and civic personalities, to benefit
children and communities in need. Basketball's Earvin "Magic" Johnson,
football's Boomer Esiason, baseball's Joe Torre, golf's Arnold Palmer,
hockey great Wayne Gretzky, former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and music's Jon
Bon Jovi, partner with retailers such as Best Buy, Sears, Circuit City and
CompUSA to execute unique retail programs that raise money and awareness to
improve the quality of life for children and their families.
This year's June 22 event at Tavern on the Green will feature a special
live performance from Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, whose charity Neighbor's
Keeper, for victims of Katrina, will also benefit from funds raised.
To date, Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope program has raised more than
seven million dollars for its charities and is highly recognized for its
Dan Marino, one of the NFL's foremost quarterbacks of the 1980s and
1990s, created the Dan Marino Foundation with his wife Claire in 1992 after
their second son was diagnosed with autism. The Foundation's mission is to
fund comprehensive and integrated treatment programs for children with
developmental disabilities and chronic medical problems.
"Joining Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope with the support of CircuitCity
will give my foundation the opportunity to extend the reach of our message
and raise additional funds for important autism research. We are really
thrilled to join this wonderful program that Samsung has built," said Dan
Peter Weedfald, senior vice president, Samsung Electronics America,
Inc., said, "Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope is proud to celebrate its fifth
anniversary by welcoming Dan Marino into this generous and talented group
of people. We are honored to help Dan raise funds for autism research. It's
satisfying to see the positive results that can be accomplished when
corporations and heroes like Dan pool their resources to benefit our
communities and its children. Samsung looks forward to being able to
support these kinds of charitable efforts for years to come."
CircuitCity, one of the country's leading consumer electronics
retailers, will partner with Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope and the Dan
Marino Foundation through national retail promotions over the course of the
year to raise additional funds.
"Autism affects more than one and a half million Americans," said
Douglas T. Moore, CircuitCity's executive vice president and chief
merchandising officer. "Dan and his foundation are doing so much to put
this lifelong developmental disability in the forefront so that it can
receive the attention and money it needs to fund important research.
CircuitCity is proud to be involved with Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope
program that benefits so many kids and their families. With CircuitCity's
more than 600 stores, we can help give the Dan Marino Foundation the
national reach it needs to be effective."
For more information about Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope, please visit
our website at www.fourseasonsofhope.com Each year the Samsung Four Seasons
of Hope annual gala fundraiser attracts a star-studded roster of music,
sports and political celebrities to help raise money for participating
charities and organizations.
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
(SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets
a broad range of award-winning, advanced digital consumer electronics,
information systems and home appliance products. The SEA organization
oversees the North American operations of Samsung including Samsung
Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and
Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. Please visit www.samsung.com for more
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,
telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with
2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income of US$7.5
billion. Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 90 offices in 51
countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital
Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor
Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the
fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of
digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more
information, please visit www.samsung.com
About the Dan Marino Foundation, is a non-profit organization that
provides integrated treatment programs, outreach services and research of
chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities in children. Since the
organization was established more than 14 years ago, it has built the Miami
Children's Hospital Dan Marino Center in Weston, FL, which is now
recognized both nationally and internationally for its ability to provide
the finest integrative care for children with autism. Currently, more than
20,000 children are seen at the Center each year for approximately 50,000
visits annually. In 2006, they introduced the Marino Autism Research
Institute - a "Virtual Institute" designed to sponsor cross-university
collaborative research in understanding, treating and preventing autism.
Also launched by the Marino family is Childnet.tv, a web TV channel that is
dedicated to autism and other neuron-developmental disorders and showcases
personal stories, therapies and the latest medical breakthroughs.
For more information about the Dan Marino Foundation, please visit the
web site at www.danmarinofoundation.com.
Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC) is a leading specialty retailer of
consumer electronics. The domestic segment operates through 630 Superstores
and five other locations in 158 U.S.markets. The international segment
operates through more than 950 retail stores and dealer outlets in Canada.
CircuitCity also operates Web sites at www.circuitcity.com and at
SOURCE Samsung Electronics America Inc.