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Public Relations Associate, Hostway Corporation

Hostway Launches Online Charity Game With $50,000 Donation

Hostway Corporation kicks off ”Happy Holiplay” campaign
to benefit education and technology for youths

Chicago, IL – Monday, November 15, 2004 – Hostway Corporation today launches "Happy Holiplay: Greetings, Gaming and Giving," an international, online gaming and e-card program, available at, which will offer a total donation of $50,000 to Junior Achievement and NetDay.

Each organization will receive a guaranteed donation of $7,500, and Hostway will distribute the remaining $35,000 according to the ratio of votes that each charity receives from visitors who participate in the "Happy Holiplay” donation program.

“Hostway supports Junior Achievement and NetDay because of their missions to promote education and technology for youths,” said John Lee, vice president of marketing at Hostway. “We hope that our a donation helps the organizations to continue their advocacy while increasing their visibility through our unique online campaign.”

When visitors log onto the "Happy Holiplay” page, holiday-inspired video games welcome them to the site. “Snow or Blow,” the first of two games to launch, is available today. (The second, “Lick n’ Bowl,” will launch Wednesday, December 8.) This all-ages game allows players to move their adorable kid characters through snow to gain points by catching tasty snowflakes with their tongues.

The e-card feature, available December 1, invites visitors to create their own unique e-cards from various backgrounds, characters, accessories, messages and soundtracks. E-card senders, e-card viewers and game players then have the opportunity to vote for the charity to which they would like to donate. For example, if someone designs an e-card and sends it to 5 people, the designer will get one vote, and each recipient that views the e-card will also be able to submit a vote. Also, for each game a visitor plays, they will have the opportunity to submit a vote. This system will allow every visitor to have an impact on the final outcome of donations – and to help a good cause, or two.
Junior Achievement, renowned for its success in bridging education and business, and NetDay, nationally recognized for developing technology use in learning environments, both look forward to the “Holiplay” campaign:

"Junior Achievement is honored to be among the charities Hostway has chosen to work with," says Tom Dewar, Senior Vice President of Development, JA Worldwide. "As we continue to build the future by teaching the economics of life, JA is extremely excited to be part of this beneficial project."

"NetDay is very pleased to be selected by Hostway for participation in this year's charity program,” stated Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer of NetDay. “This impressive donation from Hostway will help support our efforts to make sure that every K-12 student in the United States, from small towns to big cities, has access to the very latest technology tools and the highest quality online educational content so that all children have an opportunity for a first rate education and a very bright future.”

Junior Achievement inspires kids to achieve at the business of life through a community-based partnership of educators, volunteers and business professionals. Its unique approach integrates program material, training and support to become the successful bridge between education and business.

NetDay is a national, education technology nonprofit, whose mission is to connect every child to a brighter future. Its direct services, volunteer opportunities and original research help students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members develop capacity for effective technology use in learning environments. It began as a school wiring initiative and has grown to support digital divide communities and educational organizations with computers, Internet connections and people.

Hostway Corporation provides Web hosting and managed services to more than 300,000 customers worldwide. Hostway helps individuals, small businesses and large enterprises achieve more value from state-of-the-art Web-based technologies by reducing their complexity and cost. Founded in 1998, Hostway is one of the five largest Web hosting companies in the world with offices in North America (Chicago, Tampa and Vancouver), Europe (London and Amsterdam), Seoul, Asia and Sydney, Australia. For more information about Hostway Corporation, please visit or call 1-888-290-5170.