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PEN PALS REUNITE IN NATION'S CAPITAL AFTER 52 YEARS OF CORRESPONDENCE; SHERATON CITY CENTRE HOTEL HOSTS SPECIAL REUNION

 PEN PALS REUNITE IN NATION'S CAPITAL AFTER 52 YEARS OF


CORRESPONDENCE; SHERATON CITY CENTRE HOTEL HOSTS SPECIAL REUNION
 WHO & WHAT: Arrival and official welcome of lifelong pen pals:
 -- Lois Shattuck of Bayport, Minn.
 -- Irene Ashley of Bolton, England
 -- Bob Monica, general manager,
 Sheraton City Centre Hotel
 -- Sen. Dave Durenberger (R-Minn.)
 -- Stan Young, vice counsul, British Embassy
 WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 13, 12:45 p.m.
 WHERE: Sheraton City Centre Hotel
 Willow Room
 1143 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
 Washington
 BACKGROUND: Shattuck and Ashley have been pen pals for 52 years.
 They met for the very first time two years ago in
 London, when Shattuck and her husband fulfilled a
 lifelong dream of traveling to Europe.
 On Aug. 13, Ashley's dream of visiting the United
 States and Washington will come true when the pen
 pals reunite in the nation's capital for a week's
 vacation.
 The Sheraton City Centre Hotel is hosting the
 party's five-day visit (Aug. 13-18).
 PEN PALS -- BACKGROUND INFORMATION
 Shattuck and Ashley have been pen pals for 52 years, since both women were 14 years old. (Shattuck received Ashley's name through a school program and they've been writing ever since.)
 Two years after meeting for the first time, Ashley's dream of visiting the United States has come true, thanks to the "surprise" trip Shattuck planned for her British pen pal (weeks one and three in Minnesota, week two in Washington). The Sheraton City Centre Hotel is hosting the group's five-day stay (Shattuck, Ashley, their spouses, plus Shattuck's sister).
 In addition to planning a grand welcoming ceremony that will be attended by government officials from the state of Minnesota and the British Embassy, the hotel has planned a number of other activities to make their visit truly memorable:
 -- Gold pens and 50 tablets of stationary to launch the "next 50 years of friendship";
 -- 2-foot-by-3-foot, custom-made cake designed to look like letterhead and bearing a "welcome letter";
 -- Enormous "Welcome" sign prominently displayed outside the hotel;
 -- Hotelwide (200 employees) receiving line upon arrival -- the line will go through the lobby and out the door, down the walk, to the limousine carrying the guests of honor. (Irene has never been on an airplane, let alone in a limousine.);
 -- Arranged personal visits/photo opportunities with the two senators from Minnesota;
 -- Arranged VIP tours of special monuments and attractions including the White House, U.S. Capitol and FBI Building, among others;
 -- Arranged for the pen pals to appear with Willard Scott on the "Today" show on Monday, Aug. 17;
 -- Prepared huge baskets of "American" goodies, including Cracker-Jacks, Hershey's chocolate, Coca-Cola, etc.
 CONTACT: Peg Nichols of the Sheraton City Centre Hotel, 202-966-7123.
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