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RHONE-POULENC RORER AND THE CIRCLE OF CARE BRINGS SMILES TO TOWN; COMEDIENNE ELAYNE BOOSLER TAKES PART IN A DAY OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS

 COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc. (NYSE: RPR), a global pharmaceutical company and the maker of Maalox(R), and The Circle of Care, a consortium providing comprehensive health care and social services to families living with HIV and AIDS, mark the fourth anniversary of their partnership in a "Family Day" celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Internationally recognized comedienne Elayne Boosler will make a special visit to Philadelphia to host the event.
 Family Day festivities, which will be held at The Academy of Natural Sciences from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will include a press conference at 2 p.m. In addition to Boosler, Robert E. Cawthorn, chairman and CEO of Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, and a family member enrolled in The Circle of Care also will address guests and the media. And Ron Jaworski, former star quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, will make a special guest appearance and will sign footballs for the children.
 The core of The Circle of Care program is two family-centered AIDS clinics, located at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, which serve HIV-affected children and families throughout the Delaware Valley. Originally formed in July 1990, The Circle of Care's services also include medical care, transportation, case management, lay home visitations, emergency aid, foster care, counseling, community education and prevention. Currently, more than 500 families are enrolled in The Circle of Care program.
 Rhone-Poulenc Rorer has made a $1 million/five year pledge to underwrite the health care component of the program and is the only corporate sponsor of the two Family AIDS clinics. Cawthorn will present checks to representatives from both hospitals as the fourth installment of the pledge. Boosler will present checks to the hospitals and The Circle of Care from Caring in Concert 1992, an RPR-sponsored benefit concert in which she performed. Boosler also will emcee this year's concert, scheduled for Sept. 26 at The Academy of Music, starring Aretha Franklin.
 "Family Day allows RPR as a company to reach out to families under care at the clinics in a very special way," said Cawthorn. "It also gives us the chance to celebrate life and The Circle of Care's efforts to help families cope with this devastating disease."
 According to Alicia Tee, project director for The Circle of Care, "The partnership between RPR and The Circle of Care illustrates the critical need for collaboration between the private and public sectors to appropriately address public health issues."
 While in town on Sept. 8, Boosler will visit the RPR headquarters in Collegeville to encourage employees to "take a moment to care" by attending Caring in Concert on Sept. 26. She also will help the company mark the return of Maalox Moments(TM) to its national marketing campaign.
 Through RPR's HIV/AIDS research efforts, the establishment of the Family AIDS clinics, Caring in Concert and Family Day, RPR is working to improve the quality of life for people living with AIDS.
 Rhone-Poulenc Rorer is a global pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, marketing and manufacturing of human pharmaceuticals. The company reported sales of $4.1 billion and invested more than $500 million in research and development in 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Beth Leahy of Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, 215-454-3879, or Sarah Grambs of The Circle of Care, 215-985-2606/


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