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WOOLWORTH CORPORATION AND CEO HAROLD SELLS TO RECEIVE HUMANITARIAN AWARD FROM THE ARC OF NEW JERSEY

 NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Woolworth Corporation (NYSE: Z) and Harold E. Sells, its chairman and chief executive officer, will receive the prestigious Humanitarian Award from The Arc of New Jersey at its Humanitarian Award Dinner on Friday, February 26, at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel, East Rutherford, N.J.
 The large New York-based multinational retailer and its chief executive are being honored for their long-standing commitment to persons with developmental disabilities, through their support of employment and other programs aimed at integrating such individuals into the workplace, said Fred R. Patterson, presidelity," that portrays, in a series of real-life situations, how individuals with developmental disabilities succeed in making the transition to productive employment, Patterson added.
 Narrated by the celebrated actor, James Earl Jones, the 30-minute film will premiere at the Humanitarian Award Dinner and "clearly show that the employment of individuals with disabilities makes good business sense," Patterson said. Video cassettes of the film will be made available to businesses and other interested organizations requesting them through The Arc's national headquarters, he added.
 Sells stated that in deciding to sponsor the "Employability" documentary, Woolworth Corporation sought to demonstrate to the business community that "hiring people with developmental disabilities can provide reliable, productive and eager-to-work employees."
 "As every corporation knows today, America's work force is becoming increasingly diverse, and businesses cannot overlook any opportunity to improve their work force of the future," he asserted.
 "Employability" was produced for Woolworth Corporation by Northern Light Productions, based in Boston, one of New England's leading TV and film production companies. The script was written by Emily Perl Kingsley, an Emmy-award winning television writer, in collaboration with Barbara Gibbs Levitz, an established educational writer. Technical assistance and advice were furnished by Ann P. Turnbull and H. Rutherford Turnbull III, directors of The Beach Center on Families and Disability at the University of Kansas. The Arc of New Jersey also provided Woolworth Corporation with substantial assistance on the project.
 Woolworth Corporation operates more than 9,000 specialty and general merchandise stores in over 40 formats in 12 countries. The stores operate under such names as Foot Locker, Woolworth, Champs Sports, Kinney, Northern Reflections, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Mart and Afterthoughts.
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 /CONTACT: Frances E. Trachter of Woolworth, 212-553-2394/
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