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Thousands of Motorcyclists Gather for the 17th Annual Chicagoland Ride for Kids(R) at Insurance Company Headquarters

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--July 15, 2005--

  Annual Event Raises Funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation  

Allstate will host the 2005 Chicagoland Ride for Kids(R) to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) on Sunday, July 17. More than 2,500 motorcyclists from across the Chicagoland region are expected to participate in a motorcycle parade through the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, with the parade beginning and ending at Allstate's Northbrook Campus, 2775 Sanders Road. Registration for the event will begin at 7 a.m., with the Ride starting at 9:30 a.m. sharp.

The Ride will conclude with a "Celebration of Life" program, including inspirational speeches from children and families affected by brain tumors.

"Allstate is hosting the Ride for Kids(R) event for the sixth consecutive year and we are pleased to see the Ride's attendance and money raised increase every year," said Denis Bailey, regional vice president, Allstate Insurance Company. "We are honored to host the Chicagoland Ride for Kids(R) event at our corporate campus. Hopefully a cure for this terrible disease will be found soon."

Pediatric brain tumors are the deadliest of all cancers and kill more children than any other disease. PBTF is the largest non-governmental funding source for childhood brain tumor research in the world, and is funded primarily by the proceeds from Ride for Kids(R) events throughout the country. For those who are unable to attend the Chicagoland Ride for Kids(R), but would still like to make a donation to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, call (800) 253-6530 or email the Foundation at

Through its Specialty Product Lines, this is the sixth year Allstate is hosting the Chicagoland Ride for Kids(R) Program.

Since 1984, the motorcycling community has continuously provided an outpouring of love, goodwill and camaraderie through their national support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Ride for Kids(R) Program. Nationally, the Ride is being held in 36 cities this year. The event has been held in the Chicago area since 1989. Last year, more than $370,000 was raised at the Chicagoland Ride for Kids(R) event. The Chicago Ride was the number-one Ride for Kids(R) event in the country for fundraising.