Boston Celtics Guard Marcus Banks & US Women’s Soccer Olympic Gold Medalist Kristine Lilly Team Together For Happier Healthier Smiles

Celtics star & US Soccer phenom support McDonald's World Children's Day and help award over $100,000 in Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England grant

BOSTON, MA (November 18, 2004) - Celtics guard Marcus Banks and US Women's Soccer Olympic Gold Medalist, Kristine Lilly jumped at the chance to help support McDonald's World Children's Day/Children's Oral-Health fundraising program by working side by side with restaurant crew reminding customers to participate in the fundraiser to support children's access to oral health care.

Banks and Lilly were joined at the McDonald's at 1282 Boylston Street by Peter Napoli, Vern & Carol Chin and David Yee, local McDonald's Owner/Operators, Charlie Winterhalter, President of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England, Edie Stevenson, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England, Ronald McDonald and 10 local non-profit organizations receiving grants totaling over $100,000 from RMHC of Eastern New England.

"Children's oral health is an overlooked issue in this area," said Banks. "I thank McDonald's for helping raise awareness and funds for children's oral health."

"McDonald's and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England are proud to partner with the Celtics and Marcus Banks to raise awareness of children's oral health care," said Charles Winterhalter, president of RMHC of Eastern New England. "Last year we were able to raise $137,000 and we hope to raise even more for children in our community this year."

Each year, 51 million school hours are lost in the U.S. due to dental-related illnesses, as children with poor oral health have trouble concentrating in school because of severe pain. During McDonald's third annual World Children's Day worldwide fundraising event, Eastern New England McDonald's Owner/Operators will help raise awareness and funds for children's oral health by donating 15 cents from the sale of all Extra Value Meals, Might Kids Meals and Happy Meals sold from November 18-20 to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England. In addition, Massachusetts McDonald's restaurants will further lend a hand to local children's oral health by donating the money from $1 paper hand cutouts sold from November 9- 20 to RMHC of Eastern New England.

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