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Autism Resource Center, Lake Waco Wetlands and More Supported by Baylor/Waco Foundation's 2008 Campaign

June 6, 2008

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Six inspirational projects, combined with support from more than 240 Central Texas businesses and individuals, helped lead to success for the 2008 Baylor/Waco Foundation fundraising campaign. The triumph of this year's campaign lays a solid foundation as the organization prepares to celebrate 50 years of enhancing life in Central Texas.

"Thanks to all the groups--Baylor/Waco Foundation donors, board members and grant recipients--who have been working hard to enhance our community," said Waco Mayor Virginia DuPuy.

Those groups gathered for a Victory Celebration on June 2 at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, whose Southwest Conference Gallery expansion is one of six beneficiaries of this year's campaign. Opportunities for education and enrichment top the other priorities of the 2008 campaign as well: the Autism Family Resource Center for Central Texas, Santa's Workshop, Marsh Madness field trips to the Lake Waco Wetlands, Baylor's Steppin' Out community service program and the Jack Hightower Book Vault at the W.R. Poage Legislative Library.

"Baylor/Waco Foundation gave money for the Autism Center, and I can tell you from personal experience that my son has benefited from it already," said Steve Sumrall, who, with his wife, Laura, shared how the Autism Family Resource Center has impacted their lives and the life of their son. "As a parent I'm very thankful for this, and in years to come, we'll see even more people who will benefit from this program and Baylor/Waco Foundation's collaboration."

At the ceremony, Ted and Sue Getterman of Waco, Texas, presented Baylor/Waco Foundation with a $15,000 check; HEB presented a $10,000 check; and Aramark Higher Education Dining and Facilities Management, Central National Bank, Oncor and Wells Fargo Texas, N.A. each presented $5,000 checks.

"The Baylor/Waco Foundation was formed in 1959 and since that time, 100 percent of the funds raised have gone to projects that benefit the Central Texas community," said Baylor President John M. Lilley. "On behalf of Baylor University, I express my appreciation for our loyal donors and their generous support of these worthwhile projects that are improving the quality of life in our community."

For more information about Baylor/Waco Foundation or to make a gift, please contact Mark Richardson at (254) 710-2561 or visit www.baylor.edu/bwf. To make a secure gift online, visit www.baylor.edu/onlinegiving.

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