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Washington, D.C., October 12, 2006 – KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America, unveiled the newest resource in play yesterday at the 2006 NRPA Conference – The KaBOOM! Playspace Finder. The Playspace Finder is the first nationwide user-generated online directory of playspaces (including playgrounds, skate parks, fields and ice rinks) in the United States. By utilizing reviews from the ultimate consumers of playspaces— including kids and families—the Finder will serve as an online marketplace of ideas about the location, condition, and “play value” of our nation’s parks.

Located on the KaBOOM! website (www.kaboom.org), the Playspace Finder is an interactive tool that allows anyone to submit information and rate their local playspaces. The directory then gives other users the ability to locate, read reviews and add additional ratings for a playspace in any neighborhood in the country. The Playspace Finder includes the ability to add photos and comments for each playspace, as well as a detailed description of the playspace, including the playground equipment or amenities that surround the space.

KaBOOM! developed the Playspace Finder in response to the lack of national resources in locating great places to play and to encourage active, unstructured outdoor play for children across the nation.

“Play is a vital component of a child’s life, contributing to their physical, emotional, mental and social development. In light of our work and our vision, we felt it was our duty to provide a resource for locating great places to play. However, the success of this project relies upon people across the country providing data and reviews about their parks. So, get out to a park and play, but then come back and tell everyone about your experience—good or bad,” said Darell Hammond, CEO and Co-Founder of KaBOOM!.

To learn more about the Playspace Finder visit www.kaboom.org.

About KaBOOM!
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2006, KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Over the past decade, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct over 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including a Web portal and online community, regional and national trainings, grants and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspace on their own. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org or call (202) 659-0215.

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The Cause Marketing Forum Recognizes KaBOOM! and The Home Depot for Continued Community Successes and Partner Commitments Based on a Decade of Working Together

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2006 – Partners since 1996 with the goal of building and refurbishing playspaces across North America, KaBOOM! and The Home Depot® were honored with the 2006 Golden Halo Award today during the 4th Annual Cause Marketing Forum conference in New York City. The Cause Marketing Halo Award is America’s highest honor for companies and organizations that give back to the community through creative and effective cause marketing campaigns.

The award recognizes KaBOOM! and The Home Depot for their long term, high impact partnership that has positively affected the lives of thousands of children and communities across North America. Illustrating their commitment, the organizations recently launched an unprecedented community initiative to create and refurbish 1,000 playspaces in 1,000 days. The Home Depot is investing $25 million and nearly 1 million volunteer hours in support of this three-year program, which is expected to benefit 1.5 million parents and children.

"The Cause Marketing Halo Awards demonstrate the good that can be done when businesses and nonprofits team up," said David Hessekiel, president of Cause Marketing Forum, Inc., the program's organizer. "It's a competition in which we all win."

“With The Home Depot’s support, every day we are closer to making our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America a reality. This award not only recognizes the incredible role The Home Depot plays in that effort, but also the example they set as a leader in corporate philanthropy,” said Darell Hammond, CEO and co-founder of KaBOOM!.

KaBOOM! and The Home Depot have worked together over the last 10 years to develop a community-build model that encourages civic leadership and revitalizes communities through creating great playspaces for children. With The Home Depot’s financial and volunteer support, the partnership has mobilized more than 40,000 volunteers to build or improve more than 500 community playgrounds, skateparks and sports fields across North America.

“We are honored to receive this recognition and will continue to celebrate our commitment to volunteerism as we work with KaBOOM! to complete more than 500 playspaces by the end of the year,” said Brad Shaw, senior vice president of Corporate Communications & External Affairs of The Home Depot. “Through this partnership, we have been able to connect with communities in a truly meaningful way and build on what is already a fundamental part of our culture – giving back to the communities where we live and work.”

In August, KaBOOM! and The Home Depot will partner with Playworld Systems and Hands on Network to build 10 playgrounds in the Gulf Coast region during the week of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall. The week-long effort is part of Operation Playground, a two-year KaBOOM! initiative to build 100 playgrounds in Gulf Coast communities affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In addition to receiving the award, Hammond and Shaw were featured speakers at the conference and delivered addresses on corporate service and cause marketing partnerships.

KaBOOM! and The Home Depot were selected as this year’s winners by an interdisciplinary panel of cause marketing experts based on conceptual strength, execution, business results and cause results. As winners of the 4th annual Cause Marketing Forum Golden Halo Awards, the organizations will be highlighted in a special section of Advertising Age magazine.

About KaBOOM!
Celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2006, KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Over the past decade, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct nearly 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including a Web portal and online community, regional and national trainings, grants and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspace on their own. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot® is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,065 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. Through its HD SupplySM businesses, The Home Depot is also one of the largest diversified wholesale distributors in the United States, with more than 900 locations in the United States and Canada offering products and services for building, improving and maintaining homes, businesses and municipal infrastructures. In fiscal 2005, The Home Depot had sales of $81.5 billion and earnings of $5.8 billion. The Company employs approximately 355,000 associates and has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the No. 1 Most Admired Specialty Retailer and the No. 13 Most Admired Corporation in America for 2006. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.

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Nonprofit presented The Directors Award on National Corporate Philanthropy Day by the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy

Washington, D.C. February 27, 2006 -- The Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) recognized KaBOOM! and The Home Depot with its Directors Award today for a high impact partnership that positively changes the lives of children and communities across North America. The CECP Directors Award recognizes a nonprofit organization that has distinguished itself by building an effective partnership with a corporation in its community. KaBOOM! and The Home Depot have worked together over the last 10 years to develop a community-build model that encourages civic leadership and revitalizes communities through creating great playspaces for children. The partnership has mobilized more than 40,000 volunteers to build or improve more than 500 community playgrounds, skateparks and sports fields across North America.

KaBOOM! CEO and Co-Founder Darell Hammond and The Home Depot Chairman, President & CEO Bob Nardelli were on hand at the CECP Excellence Awards Luncheon in New York City to accept the award. “We are honored to receive this Excellence Award from the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy. This award is about more than just our ability to create positive change in the lives of children and communities, however. It is also a testament to the vision and generosity of one of America's great companies, The Home Depot, its associates and its CEO, Bob Nardelli,” said Hammond.

“With their incredible support, we can make our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America become a reality. I salute The Home Depot for its dedication and commitment and thank its associates on behalf of our board, employees and the thousands of children whose lives are filled with laughter and imagination,” Hammond added.

In 2005, KaBOOM! and The Home Depot launched an unprecedented initiative to create and refurbish 1,000 playspaces in 1,000 days throughout North America. The Home Depot is investing $25 million and nearly 1 million volunteer hours in support of this three-year program, which is expected to benefit 1.5 million parents and children.

“Having built and restored more than 400 playgrounds together with KaBOOM! over the past 10 years, we have seen firsthand how important playgrounds are to the development of our children and the communities,” said Nardelli. “Led by dedicated Team Depot volunteers, our 345,000 associates are committed to improving the areas in which we live and work.”

The 2005 Excellence Awards Jury Selection Committee was composed of distinguished experts from the corporate, nonprofit, media and academic communities.

“The common thread of this year’s award-winning applicants is CEO leadership,” said Charles Moore, executive director of CECP. “Employees at our winning companies, both corporate and nonprofit, have responded to the philanthropic mandate of their CEOs, who present an innovative vision of social awareness aligned with corporate America’s business needs and objectives.”

In addition to the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Awards luncheon, several other celebratory events were held to mark National Corporate Philanthropy Day, including the ringing of the NYSE opening bell by the Excellence Award winners.

About CECP
The Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is the only national forum of business CEOs and Chairpersons with an agenda exclusively focused on corporate philanthropy. The Committee's mission is to raise the level and quality of strategic corporate giving nationally and globally by identifying, educating, promoting, and recognizing best practices and measurements of corporate philanthropy. CECP's members embrace and encourage other business leaders to promote the case for corporate philanthropy. For more information, visit corphilanthropy.org.

About KaBOOM!
Celebrating its ten year anniversary in 2006, KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Over the past decade, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct nearly 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including a web portal and online community, regional and national trainings, grants and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspace on their own. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and San Mateo, CA. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

About The Home Depot
Founded in 1978, The Home Depot® is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States, with fiscal 2005 sales of $81.5 billion. The Company employs approximately 345,000 associates and has 2,051 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. Through its Home Depot Supply division, the Company operates one of the nation’s largest diversified wholesale distributors with operations in 41 states and Canada. The Home Depot has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the No. 1 Most Admired Specialty Retailer and the No. 13 Most Admired Corporation in America for 2006. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.

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