Eckerd Corporation Seeks Outstanding Women Volunteers

Launch of Fourth Annual Eckerd Salute to Women Program

To Coincide with National Volunteer Week



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Eckerd Corporation

    CLEARWATER, Fla., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- More
 than 160 million Americans volunteer annually -- 62 percent of those are
 women.  To honor the commitment and passion of those volunteers and others
 like them, Eckerd drug stores today kick off the fourth annual Eckerd Salute
 to Women program.
     The launch of this year's program coincides with National Volunteer Week
 and takes place in the over 2,600 Eckerd and Genovese drug stores across the
 nation. Each store will select one woman to serve as its local nominee. Of
 these women, 100 will be recognized nationally as the Eckerd 100 for the year
 2001.
     In tribute to the tireless volunteer efforts of these women, Eckerd will
 donate a total of $100,000 to the nonprofit organizations they represent. In
 doing so, Eckerd hopes to encourage these women, and countless others like
 them, to continue the volunteer efforts that make their communities better
 places to live and work.
     "The Eckerd Salute to Women program celebrates volunteers who have
 unselfishly given of their heart and time to make a difference in the lives of
 others," said Mary Beth Fox, Director of Consumer Relations at Eckerd.
 "Support of community service goes hand in hand with Eckerd's century-long
 tradition of service, so we felt it was only natural to launch this year's
 program during National Volunteer Week, when the nation's attention will be
 drawn to volunteerism."
     National Volunteer Week (April 22-28) is sponsored by the Points of Light
 Foundation and was first instituted in 1974 by President Richard Nixon.
 During this week volunteers around the country organize community-wide clean-
 ups and restoration projects, begin new programs and recognize one another's
 contributions in their neighborhoods.
     "Volunteers are united in their desire to solve serious social problems,
 and in so doing they improve our communities immeasurably," said Robert
 Goodwin, executive director of the Points of Light Foundation. "We commend
 Eckerd for the role they fill in rewarding unsung heroines for their
 passionate service, which in turn encourages others to volunteer."
     Anyone can nominate an exceptional woman for the Eckerd 100 by filling out
 a ballot available at all Eckerd and Genovese drug stores. Nominations will be
 accepted from April 23 through 5 p.m., June 2, 2001.
     The Eckerd 100 will receive an all expense-paid trip this fall to an
 educational symposium in St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as a $1,000 grant
 for each woman to continue the mission of her nonprofit organization.
     From the program's inception in 1998 to celebrate Eckerd's 100th
 Anniversary, the Eckerd 100 have ranged in age from 18 to 94. They have been
 some of the most committed and extraordinary women in the country, devoting
 more than two million volunteer hours collectively to their communities.
     Some of the women's volunteer activities have included: helping
 disadvantaged families pay for their dying child's hospital expenses; working
 to prevent the abuse of Shaken Baby Syndrome; providing shelter for battered
 women and unwed mothers; and raising funds to research the cause, treatment
 and prevention of Parkinson's Disease.
     Eckerd Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of JCPenney Co., Inc.
 (NYSE:   JCP), is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida.  Eckerd is one of
 America's largest retail drug chains with over 2,600 drug stores in 20 states
 with revenue of $13.1 billion in 2000.  Eckerd employs over 78,000 associates
 and 9,000 pharmacists, and is one of the top five retail supporters of the
 Children's Miracle Network.  For additional company information, visit the Web
 site, www.eckerd.com or the JCPenney Web site, www.jcpenney.com.
 
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    CLEARWATER, Fla., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- More
 than 160 million Americans volunteer annually -- 62 percent of those are
 women.  To honor the commitment and passion of those volunteers and others
 like them, Eckerd drug stores today kick off the fourth annual Eckerd Salute
 to Women program.
     The launch of this year's program coincides with National Volunteer Week
 and takes place in the over 2,600 Eckerd and Genovese drug stores across the
 nation. Each store will select one woman to serve as its local nominee. Of
 these women, 100 will be recognized nationally as the Eckerd 100 for the year
 2001.
     In tribute to the tireless volunteer efforts of these women, Eckerd will
 donate a total of $100,000 to the nonprofit organizations they represent. In
 doing so, Eckerd hopes to encourage these women, and countless others like
 them, to continue the volunteer efforts that make their communities better
 places to live and work.
     "The Eckerd Salute to Women program celebrates volunteers who have
 unselfishly given of their heart and time to make a difference in the lives of
 others," said Mary Beth Fox, Director of Consumer Relations at Eckerd.
 "Support of community service goes hand in hand with Eckerd's century-long
 tradition of service, so we felt it was only natural to launch this year's
 program during National Volunteer Week, when the nation's attention will be
 drawn to volunteerism."
     National Volunteer Week (April 22-28) is sponsored by the Points of Light
 Foundation and was first instituted in 1974 by President Richard Nixon.
 During this week volunteers around the country organize community-wide clean-
 ups and restoration projects, begin new programs and recognize one another's
 contributions in their neighborhoods.
     "Volunteers are united in their desire to solve serious social problems,
 and in so doing they improve our communities immeasurably," said Robert
 Goodwin, executive director of the Points of Light Foundation. "We commend
 Eckerd for the role they fill in rewarding unsung heroines for their
 passionate service, which in turn encourages others to volunteer."
     Anyone can nominate an exceptional woman for the Eckerd 100 by filling out
 a ballot available at all Eckerd and Genovese drug stores. Nominations will be
 accepted from April 23 through 5 p.m., June 2, 2001.
     The Eckerd 100 will receive an all expense-paid trip this fall to an
 educational symposium in St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as a $1,000 grant
 for each woman to continue the mission of her nonprofit organization.
     From the program's inception in 1998 to celebrate Eckerd's 100th
 Anniversary, the Eckerd 100 have ranged in age from 18 to 94. They have been
 some of the most committed and extraordinary women in the country, devoting
 more than two million volunteer hours collectively to their communities.
     Some of the women's volunteer activities have included: helping
 disadvantaged families pay for their dying child's hospital expenses; working
 to prevent the abuse of Shaken Baby Syndrome; providing shelter for battered
 women and unwed mothers; and raising funds to research the cause, treatment
 and prevention of Parkinson's Disease.
     Eckerd Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of JCPenney Co., Inc.
 (NYSE:   JCP), is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida.  Eckerd is one of
 America's largest retail drug chains with over 2,600 drug stores in 20 states
 with revenue of $13.1 billion in 2000.  Eckerd employs over 78,000 associates
 and 9,000 pharmacists, and is one of the top five retail supporters of the
 Children's Miracle Network.  For additional company information, visit the Web
 site, www.eckerd.com or the JCPenney Web site, www.jcpenney.com.
 
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