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Washington Mutual ''Pinch Hits'' for Bainbridge Team; Fans Can Contribute At Any WaMu Branch, Bank to Match First $2,500
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash., Aug 16, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM) has established a benevolent account to help defray expenses associated with the Bainbridge Island All-Star team's recently earned berth in the Little League World Series, and has pledged to match up to $2,500 in contributions.

Effective immediately, Bainbridge Island All-Star fans can make a donation to the "Bainbridge Island Little League World Series Account" at any Washington Mutual branch throughout the state.

"We've supported the team with our cheers through the series, so we're thrilled to help defray some of the expenses that come with this one-in-a-lifetime experience," said Annette Sines, assistant branch manager of Washington Mutual's Bainbridge Island Branch. "The excitement around the branch is electrifying."

"The team is so appreciative of the community support, both on and off the island," said League treasurer Eric Edenholm. "The Washington Mutual account will make it easier for fans who also want to offer their financial backing," he said.

"The funds will assist the team by making it possible for team parents to join their kids in Williamsport," said Edenholm. "Ultimately, this emotional support will make a huge difference for the players."

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 June 30, 2001, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had consolidated assets of $229.30 billion. Washington Mutual 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.

CONTACT:          For Washington Mutual
                  Sheri Pollock, 206/377-2138