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TARGET STORES RECOGNIZED FOR NATIONWIDE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION EFFORTS

TARGET STORES RECOGNIZED FOR NATIONWIDE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION EFFORTS
 National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse to Honor Retailer
 MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Target Stores will receive the "Trustee Award" from the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse (NCPCA) today for its efforts to raise awareness for child abuse prevention. Target will be recognized by the NCPCA during a banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.
 "This is a great honor for our company," said Larry Gilpin, Target senior vice president of Team, Customer and Community Relations. "In communities across the country, our employees have worked hard to raise awareness about child abuse prevention, and this is a tribute to the teamwork that makes Target work. Our community volunteerism program is one of the ways in which we speak to our customers, but it is also a direct reflection of how we speak to each other. This award puts us in some very good company."
 Previous winners of the NCPCA "Trustee Award" include ABC Television and the National Basketball Association. Oprah Winfrey has also been recognized by the NCPCA for her individual efforts.
 The "Trustee Award" recognizes Target for its "broad and continuing nationwide support of child abuse prevention and awareness." Child abuse prevention has been the primary focus of Target's community affairs work for more than five years. In 1991, stores donated $953,790 to organizations involved in preventing family violence. That total represent 188 grants made both locally and nationally to NCPCA chapters and related agencies.
 "We are very impressed with the creative and innovative ways Target and its employees have volunteered," said Anne Cohn Connelly, executive director of the NCPCA. "We also have been overwhelmed by the tremendous generosity that Target stores, both locally and nationally, have given to the prevention of child abuse. Either one of those things alone, the giving of time or the financial support, would make Target an excellent choice for this award. Together, they made Target the perfect choice."
 According to Gilpin, Target has been working in large and small communities throughout the United States. "Stores across the country have raised money and donated time through employee 'Good Neighbor' projects.
 -- At the Target store in Conyers, Ga., employees volunteer to babysit during a child abuse prevention program for parents, and
 -- in Indianapolis, $5,000 was raised when five area stores sold Indy Car Drivers Association Trading Cards and donated one dollar from each set sold to the Indiana Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
 "Target also helped write, design and produce 1,250,000 brochures for NCPCA chapters in all states that are distributed by child abuse prevention agencies to raise awareness in their communities," Gilpin said.
 Minneapolis-based Target Stores is an upscale discount department store chain. By year end, 1992, Target will operate 508 stores in 32 states coast to coast. It is the largest division of Dayton Hudson Corporation, one of the nation's leading retailers.
 The National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse is a not-for- profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in all its forms. The NCPCA has volunteer-based chapters in all 50 states.
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 /CONTACT: Gail Dorn, director, communications and community relations for Target Stores, 612-370-8888, or Kim Harbinson of Tunheim Santrizos, 612-851-1686, for Target Stores/ CO: Target Stores, Dayton Hudson Corporation ST: Minnesota IN: REA SU:


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