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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)--Feb. 9, 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 (NYSE:WM) Touchdowns for Tots community giving program.
During 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.
In San Francisco, 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle and his teammates put on a late-season surge and ended the year with 30 touchdowns, raising $15,000 for the Caesar Chavez Elementary School. The school's principal Adelina Aramburo said, "Our students love the 49ers! Every week the kids would get so excited when we announced the score from the game."
The Raiders, led by running back Lamont Jordan, had a tough year, crossing the goal line 16 times. However, as a bonus, WaMu boosted the Raiders total to $12,000 for the Oakland Charter Academy. "This contribution from Washington Mutual is funding we did not have at the beginning of the school year," said Jorge Lopez, principal of the Oakland Charter Academy. "This will allow more students to participate in our educational trip to Washington, DC, this spring."
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."
Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys served as the Touchdowns for Tots player/spokesman in Texas that supported Dallas Achieves! - a program of the Dallas Independent School District which received $26,000.
About Washington Mutual
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 consumer and small business banking stores throughout the nation. WaMu's press releases are available at http://newsroom.wamu.com.
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