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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 1, 2001

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THE AMERICAN LEGION MISSOURI BOYS STATE MEMORIAL TRUST TOPS FUND RAISING GOAL

THREE-YEAR CAMPAIGN ENDS WITH $30,000 ANONYMOUS STOCK GIFT

(Kansas City) -- After three full years of active fund-raising, the Board of Trustees of The American Legion Missouri Boys State Memorial Trust announced contributions and pledges of $562,338 following the successful conclusion of its first ever major gifts campaign. The campaign ended with an anonymous stock contribution valued at $30,000. The announcement came after a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on January 20, 2001 in Kansas City.

The Board of Trustees had set a goal of raising $500,000 in contributions and pledges by December 31, 2000. By exceeding the goal, the Trust qualifies for a challenge grant from the Harmon Family of Warrensburg, MO. The Harmon Family pledged to donate $250,000 should the major gifts campaign reach the $500,000 mark. Mr. & Mrs. Adrian Harmon and their sons, Tom and Lynn Harmon have been great supporters of the Boys State program for many years. With their generous pledge and the money raised during the major gifts campaign the Board of Trustees projects a balance of over $1,000,000 by the end of 2002. A check presentation is planned for the June 18th at the 2001 session of Boys State in June at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO.

James Whitfield, Chairman of the Board of Trustees said, "We are humbled by the tremendous support we received during the major gifts campaign. By meeting our fund raising goals we are one step closer to providing financial security for The American Legion Boys State program."

While the majority of the money raised will fund an endowment for The American Legion Boys State program within the Trust, a large portion of the money raised will go to fund sponsorships for young Missouri leaders from all over the state to participate in the program.

"We see the success of the major gifts campaign as a strong endorsement for the kind of leadership training we strive to provide for young Missourians", said Mike Stewart, Director of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri. "It also gives us the financial freedom to continue to recruit outstanding students from every corner of Missouri."

The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is a leadership and citizenship training program for Missouri high school students who have successfully completed their junior year. The program is sponsored by The Missouri American Legion. The 2001 session of Boys State will take place at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO from June 16 through June 23.



 

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