Samsung's Four Seasons Of Hope Inducts Legendary NFL Quarterback Dan Marino As New Honoree At Its Fifth Annual Fundraising Gala

The Dan Marino Foundation, Supporting Research and Treatment for Autism,

Joins the Foundations of Magic Johnson, Joe Torre, Boomer Esiason, Arnold

Palmer, Jon Bon Jovi and Others, As Fund Recipients

Jun 06, 2006, 01:00 ET from Samsung Electronics America Inc.

    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 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 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
     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, 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
     About CircuitCity
     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 The international segment
 operates through more than 950 retail stores and dealer outlets in Canada.
 CircuitCity also operates Web sites at and at

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