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Washington Mutual Presents ANNUAL Fireworks Display as Gift to Community
SEATTLE, Mar 1, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- One of the nation's most unique fireworks displays will return this Independence Day with a new major sponsor as the 14th annual Lake Union Fourth of July celebration becomes the Washington Mutual Family Fourth at Lake Union.

Washington Mutual, headquartered in downtown Seattle, is committed to sponsoring the free fireworks and daytime activities at Gas Works Park through at least 2004.

"The Family Fourth at Lake Union is an important Seattle tradition," said Brad Davis, executive vice president of marketing and community relations at Washington Mutual. "We are honored to be involved in this community event, particularly this year when celebrating patriotism is especially significant."

The Washington Mutual Family Fourth at Lake Union is considered to be one of the nation's most remarkable pyrotechnic displays, and was recognized as such by Newsweek in 1997. The show couples the talents of two renowned fireworks masters, Seiji Kase of Japan and Eric Tucker of the United States, and launches their distinct fireworks styles simultaneously in a remarkably artistic Independence Day celebration.

The Washington Mutual Family Fourth at Lake Union will begin with a full day of free family activities at Gas Works Park at the north end of Lake Union. The evening will culminate in a 25-minute pyrotechnic show displaying over 5,000 fireworks shells and effects from four barges in the middle of the lake -- all choreographed to inspiring music. Approximately 50,000 people take part in the daytime activities and view the fireworks from Gas Works Park each year. Thousands more watch from vantage points on the hills surrounding Lake Union and viewers all over Western Washington watch the live broadcast of the display on KING 5 Television.

"The value of Washington Mutual's gift to the community cannot be understated," explains Family Fourth Executive Producer and One Reel President Jane Zalutsky. "This type of civic commitment is essential to keeping our city and community vital and lively."

John and Peter Morse, owners of local ice cream company Fratelli's, first launched the event at Gas Works Park in 1988. AT&T acquired the event in 1991, first as Cellular One and later as AT&T. After a decade of offering the Family Fourth as a gift to the community, AT&T is pleased to see another local organization step forward to sponsor this event.

"We're proud of our history with this terrific community event," said Michael Broom, director of Public Relations for AT&T Wireless. "And, as a Redmond-based company, we are glad to see the stewardship of the Family Fourth pass from one hometown company to another."

The Washington Mutual Family Fourth at Lake Union is produced and presented by One Reel, a Northwest non-profit arts and events organization, and producers of Bumbershoot, The Seattle Arts Festival; AT&T Wireless Summer Nights at the Pier, Teatro ZinZanni along with a host of other cultural, entertainment and educational programs.

With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual is a national financial services company that provides a diversified line of products and services to consumers and small- to mid-sized businesses. At Dec. 31, 2001, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets of $242.51 billion. The company currently operates more than 2,300 consumer banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking, consumer finance and financial services offices throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's press releases are available at www.wamu.com.

For more information on the Washington Mutual Family Fourth at Lake Union, visit our Web page at www.familyfourth.org.

For media information, contact Paul Severin at One Reel 206/281-7788, ext. 244, or Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot at Washington Mutual, 206/377-3635.

CONTACT:          One Reel
                  Paul Severin, 206/281-7788, ext. 244
                  Washington Mutual
                  Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, 206/377-3635

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