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IP hosts 5K raising funds & awareness about hunger at home and abroad

Monday, March 28, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

Memphis, Tenn. - Bring your friends and family andjoin International Paper (IP) employees along with members of the Mid-South community as IP hosts the 2011 Coins 4 Kids 5K Run and Walk. The event will be held April 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at IP's global headquarters, 6400 Poplar Ave., Memphis.

Early registration is $18 and members of the Memphis Runners Track Club get a $1 discount. Registration is available online at coins4kids.com and race-day registration will be available for $25 on April 2, beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the race site.

In conjunction with the Coins 4 Kids Run and Walk, the event will include a kid's Peanut Butter & Jelly (PB&J) Fun Run to support The Memphis Food Bank. In lieu of a registration fee, children are asked to donate a jar of peanut butter and/or jelly to enter the PB&J Run. This race is open to children ages 12 and younger and begins at 9:45 a.m.

One hundred percent of the race proceeds benefit Coins 4 Kids, an award-winning school feeding program, launched in 2004 as a partnership between IP and the World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian agency. For just 25 cents per day or $50 per year, school children who would otherwise go hungry are provided food in school each day. Annually, gifts from the company, IP employees, friends and the International Paper Foundation provide meals in school for more than 72,000 school children in poverty-stricken areas of Nairobi, Kenya.

"IP will always support the communities where our employees live and work," said Patty Neuhoff, president of the International Paper Foundation. "Coins 4 Kids gives us an avenue to continue our corporate responsibility around the globe."

Awards will go to the top male and female overall winners, male and female masters winners, and the top three finishers in each of the following age groups: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69; and 70 and over.

For additional information, visit coins4kids.com. For details on the upcoming Coins 4 Kids 5K Walk & Run, e-mail Scott.Sauer@ipaper.com.

 

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