InvestorsNovember 8, 2002
Charter Communications Partners With New Edwards Renaissaance Theatre in Supporting Mental Health Research
ALHAMBRA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2002--
A Day of Charity Will Take Place Nov. 10 at the Alhambra Edwards Renaissance
Charter Communications (Nasdaq:CHTR) has partnered with the Edwards Renaissance Theatre in Alhambra, Calif. to host a Silver Ribbon Charity Day on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002. Between noon and 8 p.m., all movies will be shown for $1 and popcorn and soda will be sold for 50 cents each. All concession sales will be donated to mental health research.
"It is gratifying to find organizations such as Edwards Renaissance and Charter Communications that are willing to bring to light and support such an important issue that affects more than 500 million people worldwide," said Chris Higgins, Account Executive for Charter Media. "I have been actively supporting Mental Health Research and helping to stop the stigma associated with mental illness for over 10 years. My late father, a Wharton graduate, voted most likely to succeed in high school, was first diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 28. Thanks to Charter's support, I was able to work with Edwards Renaissance to produce an event that raises awareness in this community. I am proud to work for a company like Charter that has donated more than $200,000 in cable advertising and promotions for this event."
The public is invited to participate in the Charity Day. A brief program will take place at 2 p.m. in which attendees will learn more about the charities and get the chance to meet Arnold, the main character from Nickelodeon's popular "Hey Arnold!" at the theatre's lobby. Arnold will be available to greet and meet families between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Charter Communications has also produced three commercials that talk about the stigma associated with Mental Illness. In addition, Glendale Galleria Mall and Ed Butts Ford are distributing more than 5,000 tickets to the event.
The Mental Health organizations that will benefit from the event are the Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and the University of California at Irvine's Brain Imaging Center.
About the Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain
The Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain was founded in 1993 by Jean Liechty to fight the stigma and to break down the barriers to getting help for people with mental illness. Liechty, has spent countless hours and tremendous effort to promote and further the Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain. Most recently, Leichty was recognized by President George Bush and Tipper Gore. More than 75,000 silver ribbons have been sold and Jean has spent more than 40 years fighting the stigma associated with Mental Illness.
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
NARSAD was founded in 1986 by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the National Mental Health Association, the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association and the Schizophrenia Foundation (now disbanded). It meets all criteria as a not-for-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is the largest donor-supported organization in the world devoted exclusively to supporting scientific research on brain and behavior disorders. NARSAD has awarded $128.1 million in research grants to 1,546 scientists at 191 leading universities, institutes and teaching hospitals in the U.S. and in 19 other countries. National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Artworks Patsy and Hal Hollister founded the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Artworks (NARSAD) in 1989. The Hollisters have dedicated their lives to raise money for Mental Health research through the sale of artwork for NARSAD. Their daughter, Annika, suffers from schizophrenia and was the feature story of the May 1997 CBS 60 Minutes, with Mike Wallace. Since 1989, NARSAD Artworks has shipped more than 5.9 million units of holiday cards, posters, silver ribbons, and other mental health artwork. More than $1,109,393 has been raised through the sale of these products by Local and National NAMI and NARSAD chapters. It meets all criteria as a not-for-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Founded in 1979, NAMI has more than 210,000 members who seek equitable services for people with severe mental illnesses, which are known to be physical brain disorders. Working on the national, state, and local levels, NAMI provides education about severe brain disorders, supports increased funding for research, and advocates for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with serious psychiatric illnesses.
UCI Brain Imaging Center
Founded in 1985, the UCI Brain Imaging Center is made up of researchers and physicians using leading edge technologies to unlock the mysteries of the brain. The Center is part of a worldwide effort to research, diagnose, and develop new treatments for people with disabling brain disorders. In the United States, about 2 million people are severely disabled by schizophrenia, 4 million by Alzheimer's, 8 to 9 million suffer from depressive illness, 1 to 2 million from Parkinson's, and there are many millions more suffering from other brain diseases and disorders. It meets all criteria as a not-for-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
About Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC - News) is the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world. The Company's theatre circuit, comprising Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres, operates 5,711 screens in 530 locations in 36 states. The geographically diverse circuit represents over 20 percent of domestic box office receipts and includes theatres in 41 of the top 50 U.S. Designated Market Areas as well as prime locations in growing suburban markets. The size, reach and quality of REG's theatre circuit provide patrons with a convenient and exceptional movie-going experience.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR), a Wired World Company(TM), is among the nation's largest broadband communications companies, currently serving some 6.7 million customers in 40 states, including some 300,000 customers in the San Gabriel Valley. A Fortune 500 company, Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform, marketed under the Charter Digital Cable(R) brand; and high-speed Internet access marketed under the Charter Pipeline(R) brand. Commercial high-speed data, video and Internet solutions are provided under the Charter Business Networks(TM) brand. Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(TM) brand.
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