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WAMU'S Touchdowns for Tots Wraps Up Another Successful Season with $53,000 to Help Kids in the San Francisco Bay Area and Dallas, Texas

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 31, 2007--The 2006 pro football season supplied BOTH excitement and disappointment for Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders fans, but it was a rewarding season for three local schools thanks to the Washington Mutual Touchdowns for Tots community giving program.

Through the 2006 Season, WaMu donated $500 to a designated children's educational organization for each regular-season touchdown scored respectively by the Cowboys, 49ers AND Raiders. At the end of the 2006 season, the three teams had, in total, raised $53,000 in donations by WaMu to support k-12 public education.

This year, the Cowboys led the way, scoring 52 touchdowns and raising $26,000 for Dallas Achieves! - a program of the Dallas Independent School District. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said, "We are very excited to receive this generous donation. It will go a long way toward meeting the educational needs of our students, while also supporting our development efforts this year."

The Touchdowns for Tots program has successfully provided badly needed financial support for local children's organizations. Since the program began in 2000, the company has donated more than $278,000 to support children's programs in communities where the WaMu employees live and work. The company has more than 1,500 bay area employees, and more than 1,000 employees in Arlington, Texas.

"As always, the kids are the big winners with Touchdowns for Tots," said Alan Elias, senior vice president with Washington Mutual, Card Services. "We're excited to be able to continue our support of quality education, and look forward to the teams putting even more points on the scoreboard in 2007."

The two other player/spokesmen for the Touchdowns for Tots program this season were Arnaz Battle of the San Francisco 49ers, and Lamont Jordan of the Oakland Raiders. The 49ers raised $15,000 for the Cesar Chavez Elementary School in San Francisco, while the Raiders were helped contribute $12,000 for the Oakland Charter Academy in Oakland, CA.

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WaMu, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation's leading consumer and small business banks. At Dec. 31, 2006, WaMu and its subsidiaries had assets of $346.29 billion. The company has a history dating back to 1889 and its subsidiary banks currently operate more than 2,600 consumers and small business banking stores throughout the nation. WaMu's press releases are available at http://newsroom.wamu.com.


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    SOURCE: Washington Mutual