SOURCE: EP Global Communications, Inc.

August 10, 2007 11:09 ET

Disability Awareness Night at the Rochester Red Wings

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwire - August 10, 2007) - On August 10, 2007, the Rochester Red Wings, EP Global Communications, Inc. (OTCBB: EPGL), Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and Shire Pharmaceuticals will welcome cheering fans to Rochester's Frontier Field 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 Tony Wells and Dr. Scott R. Smith for their work, life, 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.

Tony Wells is the founder of Challenger Baseball in Rochester, New York. The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for special needs children, which enables them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League baseball. Since founding Rochester's Challenger Baseball 15 years ago, Tony has expanded enrollment to include over 300 children. On hand to present the award to Tony Wells will be Bill Costello, CLF and General Agent of MassMutual Life Insurance Company's (MassMutual) Financial Architects.

Scott R. Smith, M.D. is a child development and behavioral pediatrician at the Rochester General Hospital. Dr. Smith spends a large portion of his time treating children with ADHD. Dr. Smith also spends time as a clinical instructor at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine. On hand to present Dr. Smith with the award will be Leonard Fiorica, Regional Director of Shire Pharmaceuticals.

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. The DAN Program is also supported in part by Shire Pharmaceuticals. 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, Financial Architects, and Shire Pharmaceuticals.

"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.

"Given MassMutual's longtime support of people with disabilities and other special needs and their families, we are extremely proud to be calling attention to their cause through our sponsorship and participation in the Disability Awareness Night program," said Bill Costello, General Agent, Financial Architects. "Our goal, and the goal of those we will honor, is to help people with disabilities to live dignified and fulfilling lives."

"Due to my extensive work in the ADHD community, it is very important to me that people are aware ADHD is a real and treatable disorder that affects approximately 7.8 percent of all school-age children and that with proper treatment people with ADHD can lead normal lives," said Dr. Smith.

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, 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 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

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