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    Circle K Decorates for Charity

    19th annual holiday donation program benefits United Cerebral Palsy

    PHOENIX -- Across the country, at all Circle K convenience stores now through Dec. 31, customers may purchase a decorative paper holiday wreath to benefit United Cerebral Palsy.

    This in-store fundraiser, which is in its 19th year, encourages customers to donate to UCP, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the independence of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, in exchange for recognition on a paper wreath provided by Miller Brewing Co. This year's two-sided wall decoration features the opportunity to contribute at the $1 level or the "Gold Sponsor of UCP" level for a $5 donation. Personalized wreaths will be displayed in Circle K stores through the end of 2003.

    "Every wreath hung in our stores represents both our employees' and customers' enthusiastic support for children and adults with disabilities," said Mick Parker, company operations manager for Circle K. "We're proud to recognize each and every one of our customers for helping us to make the holidays more meaningful."

    More than 600,000 UCP wreaths are expected to accumulate at Circle K stores during the holiday season. In 2002, Circle K store employees and customers raised more than $570,000 during this promotion.

    Since 1984, Circle K has been a national sponsor of UCP, raising more than $40 million. Employees, customers and vendors raise funds for UCP throughout the year via coin collection canisters and special events, such as golf tournaments. Last year, these programs contributed more than $2.3 million to the charity. Of that total, approximately $2 million was raised through coin canisters.

    "In supporting UCP, Circle K and Miller Brewing Co. continue their long and rich history of supporting the independence of people with disabilities in the communities across the country," said Julie R. Jernigan, senior marketing manager for UCP. "Over the past 19 years, Circle K and Miller jointly have raised more than $73 million for UCP, making a powerful and direct impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their families."

    Circle K is a registered trademark of ConocoPhillips and its affiliates. Circle K stores are located in 18 states and seven countries.

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