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COLUMBIA SAVINGS HONORED WITH PRESIDENT'S POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD

 COLUMBIA SAVINGS HONORED WITH PRESIDENT'S POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD
 ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, May 1, 1992, the President and Mrs. George Bush will present the President's 1992 Annual Points of Light Award to Columbia Cares, the non-profit community service program of the Englewood-based thrift Columbia Savings. Columbia Savings President Charles I. Thompson will receive the award from the President and Mrs. Bush at an afternoon ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
 Columbia Cares is being recognized for the volunteer contribution its employees, customers and suppliers have made to education in Colorado through Homework Hotline, GED on TV, the Colorado Center for the Book and the Colorado State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The program is one of 21 Points of Light Award winners chosen this year from a field of more than 4,500 nominations. Columbia Savings and IBM are the only two businesses to be recognized with a President's Award this year.
 "We are thrilled to receive this Award," Thompson says. "What is particularly exciting for us is the Award recognizes the efforts the more than 890 Columbia Cares volunteers have contributed to educational and environmental projects throughout Colorado. Despite the demands of their careers, families and other interests, these dedicated individuals have found the time to get involved with their communities."
 "We also appreciate the full support our parent company First Nationwide Financial Corp., has given Columbia Cares," Thompson says.
 Created in 1982 as the President's Volunteer Action Awards, the President's Annual Points of Light Award honors outstanding individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations for volunteer community service. It is co-sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation and ACTION, the federal domestic volunteer agency, in cooperation with the White House Office of Volunteer Service.
 Richard F. Schubert, president and chief executive officer of the Points of Light Foundation calls the President's Award, "the most prestigious award ever given for community service."
 Columbia Savings is Colorado's largest savings and loan. The thrift manages 25 branches throughout Colorado, is a subsidiary of First Nationwide Financial Corp. and a member of the Ford Financial Services Group.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy McCarthy Hallowell of Columbia Cares, 303-930-7415 or 303-692-9371 (evening)/ CO: Columbia Cares ST: Colorado IN: SU:


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