SOURCE: EP Global Communications, Inc.

June 11, 2007 10:00 ET

Disability Awareness Night at the New Britain Rock Cats

NEW BRITAIN, CT--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - On June 19, 2007, the New Britain Rock Cats, EP Global Communications, Inc. (OTCBB: EPGL) and the Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services Company will welcome cheering fans to Connecticut's New Britain Stadium for Disability Awareness Night (DAN). As part of this DAN event, just prior to the game at home plate, the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Matthew Cavedon for his work and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. The award is presented by EP Global Communications, Inc. and EP Foundation for Education. EP Global Communications, Inc. publishes the nation's most highly respected peer-reviewed journal serving the special needs community, Exceptional Parent. The EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award is named after the late founder and editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent, a true advocate for people with special needs. Also on hand to present the awards will be Craig Montanari of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company's (MassMutual) Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services Company, who nominated Matthew for this honor.

DAN is a national program intended to increase awareness and support for the 54.6 million Americans classified as having some form of intellectual or physical disability in the United States. The DAN Program, which now encompasses both Major League and Minor League baseball venues, is supported nationally by MassMutual and their highly acclaimed SpecialCare(sm) program which helps parents and caregivers effectively integrate financial planning discipline into a thorough, customized life plan for families caring for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. MassMutual has been the exclusive national financial services sponsor of DAN since 2003. In addition to raising awareness, the event provides an opportunity for many clients and staff of local disability organizations to attend the ballgame, thanks to free tickets donated by EP and the Center for Wealth Preservation.

"Our goal is to help all Americans understand that we will become a stronger nation and better human beings when we learn to regard people with disabilities and special needs as people to be respected, not as problems to be confronted," said Joseph M. Valenzano, President and CEO of EP Global Communications, Inc.

Disability Awareness Night began in the summer of 2002 when Exceptional Parent magazine combined forces with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to create the first event of its kind focused on people with special needs.

About EP Global Communications

Based in Johnstown, PA, 36-year-old, award-winning EP Global Communications, Inc. is an award-winning publishing and communications company providing information for families and professionals involved in the care and development of people with disabilities and special healthcare needs. EP uses a multi-media approach to disseminate information via: its publication, Exceptional Parent; Web site (http://www.eparent.com); custom communications projects; the EP Bookstore of disability books, videos and DVDs; live and on-line interactive seminars through EPLiveOnLine, a joint venture with Vemics, Inc; and community outreach programs such as the national Disability Awareness Night (DAN) campaign.

About MassMutual Financial Group

MassMutual Financial Group is the fleet name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliates, with more than $450 billion in assets under management at year-end 2006. Assets under management include assets and certain external investment funds managed by MassMutual's subsidiaries.

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a mutually owned financial protection, accumulation and income management company headquartered in Springfield, Mass. MassMutual's major affiliates include: OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; MML Investors Services, Inc., MassMutual International LLC and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB. MassMutual is on the Internet at www.massmutual.com.

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