Contact: Carrie Trent at Casey Communications, Inc., 314/962-0944 or Dee Wetzel at Schnuck Markets, 314/994-4608.

May 3, 2000

Schnucks and Colgate-Palmolive Donation of New Starlight "Fun Center" Lifts Spirits of Decatur Area Children in St. Mary's Hospital

DECATUR - Children undergoing treatment at St. Mary's Hospital are smiling and laughing a little more these days thanks to the recent addition of a multi-media Fun Center donated with the help of Schnuck Markets, Inc., Colgate-Palmolive, Nintendo of America and Starlight Children's Foundation.

"It's exciting to be able to help St. Mary's," said Schnucks Store Manager Heidi Thomas. "This is such a great opportunity to give our assistance to a hospital that has been such a tremendous presence and provided so much benefit."

The Fun Center is a brightly colored, mobile entertainment unit containing a VCR, television, videocassettes and a Nintendo-64 game system. The multi-media unit is specially designed to roll up to kids wherever they are in the hospital. Reports from medical professionals indicate the distractive entertainment therapy provided by Fun Center actually decreases children's requests for pain medication.

"The Fun Center helps kids escape the stress of treatment for a little while and just be kids," said Kevin Goodwin, assistant administrator of St. Mary's Hospital. "Laughter really is pretty good medicine."

Placement of the Fun Center is part of the 10th Anniversary celebration of Colgate-Palmolive's corporate sponsorship of Starlight Children's Foundation.

Colgate-Palmolive, found on-line at, is a leading global consumer products company tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Household Care, Fabric Care and Pet Nutrition. In the U.S., Colgate sells its quality products under such nationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Ajax, Irish Spring, Softsoap, Murphy Oil Soap, Ultra Brite and Fab, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet pet foods.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 93 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939. Schnucks website can be found at

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Editors Note: Schnucks is located at 2800 N. Water St. in Decatur, Ill.

St. Mary's Hospital is located at 1800 E. Lakeshore Drive in Decatur, Ill.

Starlight Children's Foundation is an "A"-rated, 501 (c)(3) international non-profit organization that lifts the spirits of over 55,000 seriously ill children and their loved ones each month through a variety of innovative programs, services and events. Along with the fun centers, Starlight also arranges placement of portable Internet PC Pal computers and recreational Starlight Rooms in hospitals. Starlight outpatient program include Kids Activity Network Events for the entire family and wish granting. Their web site is

Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan is the worldwide leader in the creation of interactive entertainment. Nintendo of America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary based in Redmond, Washington, serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. Their website is