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May 18, 2007

CW receives $250,000 grant from SunTrust in support of new folk art museum

SunTrust Bank has made a multi-year pledge of $250,000 in support of the opening exhibitions at the new Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. The Folk Art Museum recently opened adjacent to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The complex is now known as The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

“SunTrust has been a longstanding supporter of Colonial Williamsburg. This latest generous commitment has been vital as we introduce a wonderful new setting for the Foundation’s world-class folk art collection,” said Colin G. Campbell, Colonial Williamsburg president and chairman. “The public response to the exhibits supported by SunTrust has been very gratifying.”

“As a corporate citizen of the Historic Triangle, we are pleased to contribute to the cultural opportunities of visitors from Virginia as well as from across the country,” said Thomas V. Rueger, president of SunTrust Bank’s Hampton Roads Region. “Our support of the opening exhibitions at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum will enable visitors, adults and children alike, to enjoy a rich variety of objects from the Colonial Williamsburg collection.”

SunTrust Banks Inc. is one of the nation's largest and strongest financial holding companies. Through its banking subsidiaries, the company provides deposit, credit, trust and investment services to a broad range of retail, business and institutional clients. Other subsidiaries provide credit cards, mortgage banking, credit-related insurance, brokerage, equipment leasing and capital markets services. The company operates 1,701 retail branches and 2,569 ATMs in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Admission to The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, which comprise the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate museums ticket. For information call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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