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WASHINGTON MUTUAL: CORPORATIONS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SAVE INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT SUMMER FESTIVAL

 SEATTLE, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington Mutual released the following today:
 Will there be an International District Summer Festival this year?? This has been the rumor buzzing around the community. Due to an extreme lack of funds there almost wasn't an 18th Annual International District Summer Festival. The recession had taken its toll on every level of the economic ladder, and the corporate support that had been the mainstay of the festival in the past seemed to be nonexistent this year. But, Washington Mutual has taken a leadership role and contributed $7,500 to help this Seafair tradition continue.
 The festival is July 10-11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Metro Plaza of the International District station located on the corner of 5th Ave. and Jackson St., and along King St. between 5th and 6th avenues.
 "The International District Summer Festival is a community treasure. We couldn't bear to see it close for lack of funding," said Tim Otani, administrator of the Washington Mutual Foundation, which made the $7,500 grant. Once people discovered that the festival was in dire straits, the true spirit of the community came through.
 Groups and individuals responded immediately; all the entertainers that will be participating this year are doing so on a volunteer basis. The Nature Boyz, a Samoan American a cappella group, the Chinese Community Girls Drill Team, the Seattle Kokon Taiko, the Northwest Asian American Theater and the Filipino Youth Activities Cabataan Folk Dancers are a few of the many stars that will brighten the main stage this weekend. The Denise Louie Education Center, the Boy Scouts Troop No. 53, the International District Emergency Center and the Northwest Nikkei are among the groups that generously reduced the cost of or donated their services.
 Additional support also came from many of the small business people in the International District who donated from $25 to $1,000 each to help the festival. And, Seafirst and the Washington State Lottery each came in with $2,000.
 Thanks to everyone pulling together, the 18th Annual International District Summer Festival will once again kick off Seattle's Seafair celebration.
 -0- 7/8/93
 /CONTACT: Ann Maya of Spectra Communication, 206-624-2151, for the International District Summer Festival/


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