Lilly To Present Record-Breaking $12.4 Million Gift To United Way

      Lilly To Present Record-Breaking $12.4 Million Gift To United Way

Lilly Foundation matches donations from employees, retirees to support
children, families across nation

PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 19, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY)
will present a record-breaking gift of $12.4 million to the United Way today.
As the largest gift in the company's history, the donation represents the
contributions of Lilly's U.S. employees and retirees, plus a matching gift
from the Lilly Foundation.

Lilly Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer John C. Lechleiter,
Ph.D., will present the check to local United Way officials today at 11 a.m.
at the Baxter YMCA, where the company will also recognize volunteers for their
service and generosity. The funds will help support the United Way of Central
Indiana as well as other local United Ways nationwide.

"I'm proud to lead a company whose employees are so incrediblydedicated to
supporting the communities where we live, work and serve patients," Lechleiter
said. "This record-breaking gift of more than $12 million is a testament to
the caring heartsof Lilly employees who each yeargo above and beyondto
support those in need."

The gift edges out Lilly's 2011 United Way gift of $12.3 million. Lilly
employees also were generous with their time, contributing more than 171,000
volunteer hours this year through initiatives such as the Lilly Global Day of
Service, an annual day of community and charitable projects. Additionally,
employees supported fundraising drives such as Back Pack Attack and the
Goodwill Clothing Drive by donating school supplies, clothing and other

"Taken together, these contributions of time and resources provide the most
valuable of outcomes: the chance for thousands of children and families across
the country to learn more, earn more, and lead healthier lives," Lechleiter

About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers –
through medicines and information – for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at C-LLY

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