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Completely Rebuilt Fishing School Revealed, Receives $100,000 Grant Money from D.C. Children and Youth Investment Corporation and The Wachovia Foundation

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2009-08-31 01:42:06     
The Fishing School

ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" "moved that bus" this afternoon to reveal a completely rebuilt Fishing School. Surrounded by hundreds of volunteers and neighbors, school Founder Tom Lewis and Executive Director Leo Givs were overwhelmed with emotion as they gazed at their new child and family support center.

Concurrent with the reveal, Millicent Williams, President and CEO of the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, awarded The Fishing School a grant in the amount of $50,000.

The Wachovia Foundation, of Wachovia Bank, matched the grant with an additional $50,000.

"At Wachovia, we believe that investing in young people is the most effective way to strengthen entire communities," said George Swygert, Wachovia regional president for Greater Washington, D.C. "We support The Fishing School because it's a place parents can feel good about sending their children. It's a place where kids can learn, play, and just be kids...and a place where community is built. We're proud to support this stellar organization as it affects change in the lives of more children through its new, expanded facility."

Actor/Producer Tyler Perry, who was in D.C. with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" as celebrity volunteer, was so moved by Mr. Lewis and mission of The Fishing School he announced that he was personally forming a foundation to support the school.

About "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

The Emmy award winning reality program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," now entering its 7th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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