WAYNE, N.J., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Leaders from the toy and baby products industries gathered last night in New York for a joy-filled evening to support the Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, Inc. The 20th annual gala raised $6.0 million for the fund, which provides financial resources to children's charities and organizations across the country. The evening featured a live performance by multi- GRAMMY(R) award-winning recording artist and songwriter Michael McDonald and a special guest appearance by GRAMMY(R) nominated artists Ashford and Simpson. A highlight of the evening was a spirited auction led by the indomitable Rosie O'Donnell.

"Each year, our benefit gala brings together industry leaders who share our commitment to raising funds to assist charities that aid and serve children's causes," said John Eyler, Chairman and CEO, Toys "R" Us, Inc. "Because children are the heart and soul of our business, Toys "R" Us and its family of brands feel a strong sense of responsibility to do whatever we can to make the lives of children happier and healthier."

Since it was founded in 1992, The Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, Inc. has donated millions of dollars every year to organizations and charities that support the health and well-being of children. This year, money raised through The Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, Inc. will benefit more than 50 charities and organizations nationwide, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. Funds raised through the Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, Inc. also support The Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation in creating state-of-the-art playrooms in medical settings across the country.

Toys "R" Us is one of the leading specialty toy retailers in the world. It sells merchandise through more than 1,500 stores, including 681 toy stores in the U.S. and 601 international toy stores, including licensed and franchise stores as well as through its Internet sites at, and Babies "R" Us is the largest baby product specialty store chain in the world and a leader in the juvenile industry, and sells merchandise through 216 stores in the U.S. as well as on the Internet at

Susan McLaughlin

Kathleen Waugh
Both of Toys "R" Us, Inc.