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
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subsidiaries had assets of $346.29 billion. The company has a history
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