HPROP: Sponsor named for San Diego Thunderboat Regatta

Classmates.com sponsors San Diego Thunderboat Regatta benefiting Children's Hospital. Proceeds to support region's only hospital dedicated exclusively to medical care for children SEATTLE, WA - August 29, 2002 - Classmates Online, Inc, a ...

Classmates.com sponsors San Diego Thunderboat Regatta benefiting Children's Hospital.
Proceeds to support region's only hospital dedicated exclusively to medical care for children

SEATTLE, WA - August 29, 2002 - Classmates Online, Inc, a personal networking service connecting friends, family, military and work colleagues, today announced its primary sponsorship of the 37th Annual San Diego Thunderboat Regatta benefiting Children's Hospital and Health Center. The Thunderboat Regatta is San Diego's largest annual sports competition attracting more than 150,000 people to the three-day event.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit Children's Hospital and Health Center, which provides care to more than 350,000 children through its hospital, satellites and affiliated physicians throughout the county. Children's is the San Diego region's only designated pediatric trauma center and the only area hospital dedicated solely to pediatric care.

"Classmates' mission is all about bringing people together. We view this event as an excellent opportunity to spread goodwill, educate, and connect race fans with an essential resource in the San Diego community," said Michael Schutzler, president and chief executive officer of Classmates.com. "We expect the regatta to raise awareness of the research, life-saving treatments, and superior medical care provided by Children's Hospital and the organization's need for continued support."

"Classmates' participation in the Thunderboat Regatta helps provide essential funding for the staff, patients and families of Children's, said David Gillig, senior vice president and executive director of the Children's Hospital Foundation. "Involvement from the community is critical to Children 's success and we are grateful to Classmates' for its commitment to improving the lives of our region's children."

The Thunderboat Regatta has been an annual fixture on Mission Bay since 1964. The regatta runs September 20-22nd and is made possible by more than 1,200 community and military volunteers.

About Classmates Online, Inc.
Classmates Online, Inc. is a personal networking service connecting over 31 million members with friends, family, military and work colleagues. Founded in 1995, the company has one of the largest subscriber bases on the Web for paid content. The company adds 50,000 members per day and is consistently ranked one of the most highly trafficked Web properties by Nielsen//Net Ratings. For further information, please visit www.classmates.com.

About Children's Hospital and Health Center
Since Children's first opened its doors in 1954, our mission has been "to restore, sustain and enhance the health and developmental potential of children." Each year, the staff at San Diego's Children's Hematology and Oncology Center treat more newly diagnosed cancer patients than any other center, making it the largest pediatric cancer care facility in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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