Local Children’s Hospitals To Benefit When Celebrities Converge On Northwest For 2005 Richard Karn Invitational

OLYMPIA, August 19, 2005 – Richard Kind (Spin City), Grant Show (Melrose Place), along with film stars Bret Cullen and Robert Hays head an impressive list of celebrities scheduled to join TV personality Richard Karn (Family Feud and Home Improvement) for a major golf tournament to benefit Mary Bridge Children?s Hospital and Overlake Hospital August 21st and 22nd.

The 2005 Invitational, hosted by Mr. Karn, celebrates its 14th consecutive year in the Pacific Northwest. In its history, the Invitational has raised nearly $2 million for worthy charities and has attracted such notables as Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and Vince Gill.

The tradition continues this year with the gathering of distinguished figures from across the political, entertainment and sports landscapes to raise essential funds for Mary Bridge Children?s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington and Overlake Hospital in Bellevue.

The tournament commences on Sunday, August 21 when top business leaders and celebrities will gather at the El Gaucho restaurant in Tacoma for dinner. Then on Monday, August 22, participants will tee off at the Indian Summer Golf Course in Olympia.

Invitational sponsors include the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (a nonprofit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries and cellphones), Interstate Distributors, Forrester Insurance, TYCOR Title, Tribune Entertainment, and Bella Luna Winery of Paso Robles, CA.

Karn who has served as RBRC’s spokesperson since 1996, actively promotes the nonprofit’s rechargeable battery and cellphone recycling program through public service announcements, personal appearances, print advertising and national media coverage. RBRC and Karn continue their mission for national awareness of the Call2Recycle program with a simple message in mind: “If it’s rechargeable, it’s recyclable.”

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About Call2Recycle®
Call2Recycle is the industry?s first and only product stewardship program for rechargeable batteries. The nonprofit program is administered by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling. There are more than 30,000 Call2Recycle drop-off locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. More than 175 manufacturers and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products show their commitment to conserve natural resources and prevent rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste stream by funding the Call2Recycle program. In pursuit of its mission, Call2Recycle also collects old cellphones, which are either recycled or refurbished and resold when possible with a portion of the proceeds benefiting select charities. For more information, call 877-2-RECYCLE or visit www.call2recycle.org.

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