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|ADVISORY/Washington Mutual Celebrates a Decade of FREE CHECKING; Rodeo Grandmas Ride into Town to Usher in Next Decade|
--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM):
WHEN: Monday, September 13, 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Westlake Center (near flagship Starbucks) WHAT: The year was 1994. Forrest Gump won an Academy Award for Best Picture and Celine Dion topped the charts with her No.1 pop song, The Power of Love. 1994 also marked the debut of Washington Mutual's Free Checking which has since helped inspire a nationwide trend. To help commemorate this milestone, Washington Mutual is celebrating a Decade of FREE CHECKING. In addition to Free Checking, 1994 also launched the career of four Ellensburg cowgirls. This foursome, who are also grandmas, today range in age from 67-92. They quickly roped in the title of the Rodeo Grandmas when they appeared in a series of Washington Mutual commercials as part of the company's Free Checking ad campaign. As part of Monday's celebration, the Rodeo Grandmas will once again ride into town with a crowd-pleasing demonstration -- including trick roping and yodeling -- reminiscent of their Old West commercials. WHO: Bob Bond, retail bank division manager at Washington Mutual The Washington Mutual Rodeo Grandmas: Chloe Weidenbach(a), 68 years-old Janis Anderson, 67 years-old Peggy Minor Hunt, 77 years-old Lorraine Plass, 92 years-old (a) Editor's note: Weidenbach replaced one of the original Rodeo Grandmas, Judy Galladay, after she passed away in 1998. Weidenbach is the daughter of Rodeo Grandma Lorraine Pass WHY: In the past 10 years, competitors have followed Washington Mutual's lead. Seattle could be called the "epicenter" for Free Checking, since Washington Mutual was one of the first banks to offer Free Checking and has since "inspired" the trend on a national level, most recently influencing markets such as New York and Chicago.
CONTACT: Washington Mutual Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, 206-377-3635 (work) 425-444-2500 (cell) Olivia Riley, 206-377-3636 (work) 206-280-5017 (cell) SOURCE: Washington Mutual