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Brenner Children’s Hospital Participates in Contest For Fun Centers for Pediatric Patients

WINSTON-SALEM – Colgate-Palmolive and Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation are encouraging people to turn on their computers to vote for one of 30 hospitals on a waiting list for Starlight’s “Fun Centers.” All 30 hospitals will receive one Fun Center and the 10 with the most votes will win a second mobile entertainment unit. Colgate-Palmolive will donate the Fun Centers as part of 84 units it will sponsor nationwide this year.

Today through March 31, residents can support Brenner Children’s Hospital in this vote by logging onto www.colgate.com/starlight. Click on featured promotion and click on the colgate website. One vote per day is allowed. The 10 hospitals with the most votes will be awarded two Fun Centers, which are equipped with the new Nintendo Wii™, DVD player and a Sharp AQUOS™ LCD TV along with interactive games.
“Every year, the waiting list continues to grow, and hospitals are asking us for new Fun Centers, which brighten the lives of hospitalized children,” said Paula Van Ness, CEO from Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. “Caregivers have reported to us that they have reduced the need for pain medication in certain circumstances. Following the tremendous success of last year’s national online vote, Colgate-Palmolive is doubling the number of hospitals that will receive a donation through the vote.”
Administrators at Brenner Children’s Hospital are pleased to have been selected for this year’s promotion.
“Games and fun allow sick children to forget about their illness for a moment and simply be children,” said Lori J. Brown, vice-president for administration for Brenner Children’s Hospital. “We are delighted to have been selected and encourage everyone to vote on-line to help our children receive one of these fun centers.”

Media Contact for Brenner Children’s Hospital: Rae Bush (336) 716-6878, rbush@wfubmc.edu; Shannon Koontz (336) 716-2415, shkoontz@wfubmc.edu; or Karen Richardson (336) 716-4453, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu.

Media Contact for Starlight Starbright Foundation: Donna DeDario, (323) 556-3322 donna.dedario@starlight.org.

About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Brenner Children’s Hospital. It is licensed to operate 1,154 acute care, rehabilitation, psychiatry and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.


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