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Whirlpool, Reba deepen commitment to Habitat for Humanity with 2005 tour $1 from each ticket sold will support Habitat for Humanity

Whirlpool, Reba deepen commitment to Habitat for Humanity with 2005 tour $1 from each ticket sold will support Habitat for Humanity

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (March 1, 2005) — As the largest global sponsor of Habitat for Humanity®, Whirlpool Corporation® is once again teaming up with country superstar Reba McEntire, asking Americans to “join us” to help eradicate substandard housing. The 2005 Reba/Habitat for Humanity concert tour sponsored by Whirlpool will kick off April 15 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Va. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 5 for this show.

The 2005 concert tour, covering more than two dozen cities before its mid-June conclusion, will bring a bigger show to ticket holders and additional support for Habitat for Humanity. The line-up for this year’s tour includes country music stars Brad Paisley and Terry Clark, who will open for Reba at more than 20 concert stops.

Along with raising awareness for Habitat for Humanity through concert stop information booths and messages, the concert tour’s ticket sales will provide a boost to the organization. One dollar from each ticket sold will go to support Habitat for Humanity.

“The ongoing support of Reba McEntire and Whirlpool are key factors to Habitat’s continued success and growth,” said Paul Leonard, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “We look forward to building upon this strong partnership with the 2005 concert tour.”

“I’m thrilled that I’m able to team up again with these two great organizations to spread the word about Habitat and the strong commitment of Whirlpool,” said country music star Reba McEntire. “This year, I hope more people will join us to help Habitat, not only at the concert stops, but through involvement with Habitat.”

Whirlpool’s sponsorship of the Reba/Habitat for Humanity concert tour is only one component of Whirlpool’s ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity. As a part of the More Than Houses campaign, Whirlpool donates a refrigerator and range to every Habitat home built in North America. Whirlpool’s donations reach beyond appliances, with more than 3,500 Whirlpool employees donating their time and skills to Habitat builds in their hometown communities. As the single largest philanthropic program in Whirlpool Corporation’s nearly 100 year history, the company estimates it has helped more than 28,000 families since launching its partnership with Habitat in 1999.

“Across the board, our employees are extremely committed to our ongoing relationship with Habitat for Humanity,” said Jeff Fettig, president and CEO of Whirlpool. “From donating materials and time to local builds to supporting the Reba tour, Whirlpool employees around the globe are working toward the Habitat mission of providing families with adequate, decent homes.”

Official tour dates:
4/15 Virginia Beach, Va., Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
4/16 Charlotte, N.C., Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
4/17 Raleigh, N.C. Alltel Pavilion
4/22 Atlanta, Ga., Phillips Arena
4/23 Tampa, Fla., Ford Amphitheater
4/24 West Palm Beach, Fla., Sound Advice Amphitheater
5/5 Hartford, Conn., Meadows Music Theatre
5/6 Boston, Mass., Tweeter Center
5/7 Holmdel, N.J., PNC Bank Center
5/13 Indianapolis, Ind., Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
5/14 Pittsburgh, Pa., Post-Gazette Pavilion
5/15 Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Amphitheater
5/21 Chicago, Ill., Tweeter Center
5/22 Detroit, Mich., DTE Energy Music Theater
5/27 St. Louis, Mo., UMB Bank Pavilion
5/28 Bonner Springs, Kan., Verizon Amphitheater
6/3 Denver, Colo., TBA
6/4 Salt Lake City, Utah, USANA Amphitheater
6/10 Seattle, Wash., White River
6/11 Portland, Ore., Clark City Amphitheater
6/12 Concord, Calif., Chronicle Pavilion
6/18 San Bernadino, Calif., Hyundai Pavilion

About the Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of over $13 billion, 68,000 employees, and nearly 50 manufacturing and technology research centers around the globe. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Brastemp, Bauknecht, Consul and other major brand names to consumers in more than 170 countries. Additional information about the company can be found on the Internet at www.whirlpoolcorp.com.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org.