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January 30, 2009

CW's 2008 United Way Pacesetter Campaign a Success

Colonial Williamsburg employees, retirees and volunteers contributed more than $194,368 during the 2008 United Way Pacesetter Campaign in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Williamsburg (UWGW). The Foundation continues its tradition of matching employee contributions with an additional 50 cents for every dollar donated, bringing Colonial Williamsburg’s total contribution to more than $290,000.

The Foundation holds the largest single workplace campaign in the UWGW geographic area. “Colonial Williamsburg employees, retirees and volunteers demonstrated great generosity in a time of an economic downturn,” said Margie Tate, Colonial Williamsburg chairman of the 2008 United Way Pacesetter Campaign. “The money collected during the campaign and the Foundation’s match will fund programs to aid residents living in the City of Williamsburg, James City County and upper York County.”

"Colonial Williamsburg’s employees and leaders are to be commended for their giving spirit,” said Sharron Cornelius, executive director of UWGW. “We’re one community working together for the common good for all. Many lives will be better because of your generosity."

Colonial Williamsburg’s United Way Pacesetter Campaign is part of the larger Community Campaign that UWGW conducts annually. Funds from the campaign for the United Way’s are distributed to 40 programs administered by 22 partner agencies. The theme of this year’s campaign was “Live United.”

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

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Penna Rogers
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