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September 12, 2003

Pepsi Bottling Group Presents $100,000 to Colonial Williamsburg

The Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) has presented a check for $100,000 to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the fifth installment toward a total commitment of $1.1 million to be paid over a 10-year period. The funds will be added to Colonial Williamsburg’s Annual Fund as part of the Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg’s $500 million comprehensive fund-raising campaign.

“We are grateful to The Pepsi Bottling Group for this continuing commitment to Colonial Williamsburg,” said John Bacon, senior vice president of external affairs and secretary of the foundation. “This support and our broader business partnership with Pepsi are crucial to the support of our educational mission and ensuring the preservation and appeal of Colonial Williamsburg for years into the future.”

The Pepsi Bottling Group, headquartered in Somers, N.Y., is the world’s largest manufacturer, distributor and seller of Pepsi-Cola beverages with operations in the U.S., Canada, Greece, Russia and Spain. In 1994, The Pepsi Bottling Group and Colonial Williamsburg signed an agreement making Pepsi the foundation’s exclusive supplier of soft drinks. In 1999, the arrangement was extended for another 10 years.

“We at Pepsi remain committed to ensuring that families have places like Colonial Williamsburg where they can learn about our country’s history and enjoy quality time with each other,” said Mark Turner, director of on-premise sales for The Pepsi Bottling Group for Eastern Virginia. “We are proud to be a part of the foundation’s comprehensive campaign and are excited about the opportunities the future will bring.”

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia and its 301-acre Historic Area. Gifts to Colonial Williamsburg support the presentation of programs in Historic Area buildings, trade shops and museums, acquisition and conservation of art and artifacts, building preservation and maintenance, production of publications and audiovisual programs and the research, documentation and interpretive training fundamental to all the Foundation’s educational activities.

For information about gift opportunities, contact Sarah Houghland, director of development services, toll-free at (888) 293-1776, via e-mail at or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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