SOURCE: EP Global Communications, Inc.

January 14, 2008 14:51 ET

EP Global Communications Announces First Disability Awareness Night Scheduled for 2008

JOHNSTOWN, PA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2008) - EP Global Communications Inc. (OTCBB: EPGL), the parent company of Exceptional Parent (EP) magazine, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), and the Washington Group, announced today the scheduling of their annual Disability Awareness Night (DAN) event with the Potomac Nationals. The event will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, VA. This will mark the fourth straight year that a DAN event has been hosted with the Potomac Nationals.

As part of every DAN event, just prior to the game at home plate, the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award will be presented to a worthy honoree for their work, life, and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. The award is presented by EP Global Communications, Inc. and the EP Foundation for Education. 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.

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 its 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 DAN event provides an opportunity for many clients and staff of local disability organizations to attend the ballgame, thanks to free tickets donated by EP Global Communications and the Washington Group.

"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.

"Our sponsorship of this Disability Awareness Night deepens MassMutual's commitment to supporting people with disabilities and other special needs and their families," said Joanne Gruszkos, Director of MassMutual's SpecialCare(SM) program. "Through our work with EP, Easter Seals and our specially trained and certified Special Care Planners, we are trying to raise the general awareness of the unique needs of this population and provide the means for them to develop a life plan that will enable a special needs family to obtain the best quality of life possible."

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, 37-year-old 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 (; 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 a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual and its subsidiaries have 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., member FINRA and SIPC ( and; MassMutual International LLC; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB. MassMutual is on the Internet at

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