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CITY OF HOPE A SURE WINNER IN SOFTBALL GAME BETWEEN HOME DEPOT AND HOMEBASE

 CITY OF HOPE A SURE WINNER IN SOFTBALL GAME
 BETWEEN HOME DEPOT AND HOMEBASE
 ORANGE, Calif., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Fiercely competitive home improvement retailers Home Depot and HomeBase will battle it out in a softball game Aug. 7 to benefit The City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute.
 No matter who wins, the game will be a success -- $250,000 has been pledged.
 The game will be umpired by Arthur Blank, president of The Home Depot, and Jim Halpin, president of HomeBase. Don Aase, the former Angels pitcher, will throw out the first ball. The teams will be welcomed by Mayor Gene Beyer at Hart Park in the city of Orange, Aug. 7, at 4:30 p.m. to support the City of Hope's continuing advancements in medical research and treatment of disease.
 The City of Hope is a Duarte, Calif.-based hospital specializing in the research and treatment of a broad range of catastrophic diseases including cancer, diabetes, AIDS, Alzheimer's, and genetic and hereditary disorders.
 The hospital also provides financial assistance for patients who are in need. "Twenty to 40 percent of our patients have no way of reimbursing us," said Mike Disbolis, director of Special Services, City of Hope. "We can provide medical care for those in financial need because of the thousands of people who raise funds for us."
 The center also provides on-site housing for families of patients during their stay. With a comfortable home-like atmosphere, the facilities also act as housing for patients undergoing outpatient procedures.
 With the assistance of more than 250 vendors involved in the game, The Home Depot and HomeBase have collected over $250,000 to support the continuing efforts of the hospital.
 The Home Depot hopes the funds collected through the softball game and additional fundraising activities will meet or better its 1991 corporate and employee contributions of $3 million to the hospital -- the largest contribution that year within the hardware/home improvement industry.
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 /CONTACT: Jenifer Swearingen of The Home Depot, 404-433-8211, ext. 7061/ CO: The Home Depot, Inc.; HomeBase ST: California IN: REA SU:


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