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Gibson Foundation Announces International Support To WaterAid America

United States
Nashville, TN, March 5, 2007 — Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic division of the Gibson Guitar Corp., announced today its five-year commitment to support WaterAid, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to overcome poverty by working with people in the world’s poorest countries to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. More than 1 billion people live without safe water and 5,000 children die everyday from preventable water-related diseases.

Gibson Foundation will support WaterAid in its efforts to bring safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to Oju and Obi, two of the poorest regions of the Benue State, itself one of the most impoverished states in Nigeria. This project is part of a multi-year commitment to the region by Gibson Foundation and WaterAid.

“WaterAid is very grateful to receive this generous support from Gibson Foundation. Their willingness to make a multi-year commitment helps WaterAid work with its local partners and communities to develop lasting solutions that will make a tangible difference in the health and livelihoods of thousands in these impoverished communities,” said Patricia Dandonoli, President and CEO of WaterAid America.

”The Gibson Foundation focuses on enriching the lives of children around the world and supports several initiatives who provide better living opportunities and resources,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “WaterAid is an extension of the many things we aim to support internationally in the hopes that we can make a difference in children’s lives and help better their overall health and well-being.”

About WaterAid

WaterAid is considered the leading private nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to delivering, and championing, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education. WaterAid is headquartered in London and is supported by independent alliance members in the United States and Australia, with offices and programs in 17 African, Asian, and Pacific nations. Since its founding in 1981, WaterAid has earned a worldwide reputation for long-term effectiveness, innovation, and leadership, winning numerous national and international awards, including the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. For more information on WaterAid, please go to www.wateraid.org

About Gibson Foundation:

The Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of musical giant Gibson Guitar Corp. Founded in 2002, it is committed to making the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health and welfare causes. The Gibson Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity.
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