NEW YORK, Aug 20, 2002 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Bravo! Broadway's Ben Vereen
and New York's newest bank, Washington Mutual Bank, FA, today officially
launched a show-stopping "Spotlight on Teachers" program with a high-kicking
event in Shubert Alley.
The inspiration behind this special performance is Washington Mutual's
unprecedented buy out of every available seat on Broadway for NYC area and NJ
teachers to enjoy a Saturday matinee on Nov. 16th. Over 28,000 tickets will be
given to K-12 public, private and charter school teachers in the area through a
nominating process at a community level, which officially begins today.
Washington Mutual is looking for people to nominate K-12 teachers who make a
difference in the classroom. A past or present student, a parent of a student,
or even a colleague can nominate a teacher -- it doesn't matter. The process for
nominating a teacher is simple. All the nominator has to do is visit their local
"WaMu" financial center beginning August 20th and fill out a form describing why
their teacher is special. If they can't make it in to a financial center, the
form can be downloaded and printed by visiting the "Spotlight on Teachers" page
at http://www.wamucommunities.com. The nominator will need to include the
teacher's name and school, and then give the form to the teacher, who will fill
out their contact information and drop off the form in the mailbox or at any
Washington Mutual Financial Center in New York or New Jersey.
"Teachers are one of the most important factors influencing the quality of a
student's education, so we created a unique initiative to shine the spotlight on
New York and New Jersey teachers," said Randy Grimm, a group manager of
Washington Mutual's operations in New York and New Jersey. "We believe
investments in the good work of teachers will pay the greatest dividends for
More than 14,000 of the nominated K-12 teachers will be randomly selected to
receive a pair of tickets to a Saturday matinee performance on Nov. 16th.
"Spotlight on Teachers is our way of thanking teachers in the New York and New
Jersey metro area for their hard work and dedication," added Grimm. "It also
gives people a chance to show their appreciation for teachers who have made a
positive impact in their lives." No purchase is needed to enter or win the
Spotlight on Teachers drawing. Employees of the Washington Mutual family of
companies are not eligible. See Official Rules for details, available at
Washington Mutual financial centers or at http://www.wamucommnities.com.
WaMu in the Classroom
The Washington Mutual family of companies have been involved in education
programs since 1923, beginning with a small student program. Today, supporting
K-12 public education and teachers is a corporate priority and provides millions
of dollars in grants annually for professional development opportunities for
teachers and teacher recruitment programs, leadership training for principals,
organizational development for schools, and programs that provide information
about school performance to parents. Additionally, in partnership with the
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Washington Mutual
established the largest privately funded national scholarship program for
teachers pursuing National Board Certification -- the most prestigious
accomplishment in the teaching profession.
WaMu's Entry in New York
WaMu launched its retail banking entry into New York City, Westchester, Long
Island and New Jersey markets July 22nd with a market entry blitz that will put
an end to banking as usual in Metro New York.
As part of its New York expansion plans, WaMu earlier announced it will add 40
new sites in the New York metro market within the next year. "We intend to
significantly grow our market presence in Metro New York in the years to come,"
said Grimm. "With our Occasio store format, we have the ability to significantly
expand the number of stores in the area over a relatively short period of time."
The company's nationally renowned "Occasio" stores feature an open, welcoming
environment, khaki-clad staff members and even a concierge. The company recently
opened five of the new stores in the New York market last month.
WaMu in the NY/NJ Community
In addition to Spotlight on Teachers, Washington Mutual has two additional
events planned for Metro New York to help the community understand who
Washington Mutual is and what it's about. Together, this series of events helps
illustrate Washington Mutual's long history of investing in the communities it
serves, with a focus on education, affordable housing and volunteerism.
Walk On Home(TM)
Affordable housing is an issue Washington Mutual strongly supports. On Sept. 29,
2002, thousands of local residents will raise money for affordable housing by
participating in the one of four Walk-A-Thons sponsored by the company. This is
the first cross-regional event of its kind in the area, unifying community
organizations from Westchester, Long Island, New York City, and New Jersey in a
regional effort to increase awareness of affordable housing. Participating
groups receive 100% of the funds raised and their use of the funds will be
unrestricted. Washington Mutual is bearing all costs related to the walk-a-thon.
Home of the Free(TM)
Washington Mutual has partnered with the New-York Historical Society and
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly to bring a unique
photojournalism project to area 7th and 8th graders. Each school's photos will
be exhibited at a local Washington Mutual financial center, and will be reviewed
by Kennerly and a team of national civic leaders and notable media figures. The
top 60 photos will be displayed, along with an exhibit of Kennerly's upcoming
works, at the Historical Society from October 29, 2002, through January 19,
About Washington Mutual Inc.
With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE: WM) 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, 2002,
Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets of $261.28 billion. Washington
Mutual currently operates more than 2,500 consumer banking, mortgage lending,
commercial banking, consumer finance and financial services offices throughout
the nation. Washington Mutual's press releases are available at
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