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November 13, 2002

Washington Mutual Buys Out 25 Broadway Shows to Focus "Spotlight on Teachers" - Thousands of NY-NJ Area Teachers Attend Broadway Matinee

Saturday, November 16 - Pre-Show Rally on West 44th Street at 12:45 PM

Washington Mutual will demonstrate its support for educators in New York and New Jersey in a big way - by buying every available theatre seat on Broadway. Through its "Spotlight on Teachers" promotion, the Seattle-based financial services company will treat over 14,000 lucky teachers and their guests to a Broadway matinee on Saturday, November 16th.

"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 students."

Washington Mutual invited colleagues, students both past and present, and students' parents to nominate New York and New Jersey public, private and charter school K-12 teachers "who make a difference in the classroom." Of those teachers who were nominated, 14,186 were randomly selected to receive a pair of tickets.

Prior to the matinee, there will be a pre-show event at 12:45 p.m. on 44th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Actors' Equity President Patrick Quinn will join other dignitaries to welcome thousands of teachers to Broadway. For more information, visit www.wamu.com.

Press Contact:
Washington Mutual / Patricia Hallock / 212-213-7233
Actors' Equity / David Lotz / 212-869-8530

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