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Future of Flight Welcomes Sharpie® "Autographs for Education" as Aviation Center Takes Off

Dec 7, 2005

Oak Brook, Ill., - Sharpie brings its "Autographs for Education" effort - or in this case "Autographs for Aviation Education" - as part of the Grand Opening at the Future of Flight Aviation Center December 17. During the opening month, each visitor will be asked for their autograph. In return for each signature, Sharpie will donate $1, up to $5,000, to the Future of Flight Foundation in Everett, Washington.

"We are eager to unveil the Future of Flight and with the help of Sharpie, we can also raise money to support the future of the center's education program," said Gary Evans, Education Committee Member. "The Future of Flight Foundation, The Boeing Company and Paine Field Airport are helping to educate Greater Seattle the importance of commercial aviation," said Wendy King of Sharpie. "We're proud to support this worthwhile initiative."

All signatures will also be counted towards the Sharpie "Autographs for Education" campaign aimed at donating $1 million in school supplies and funds based on collecting one million signatures across the country. Sharpie has gathered more than 920,000 signatures to date.

About Sanford®, Makers of Sharpie®

Sharpie is the popular brand of permanent markers long-associated with the autograph experience for more than 40 years. Sanford, maker of Sharpie, is a division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE: NWL), a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and marketing of writing instruments, art products and office organization, including such well known brands as Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Parker®, Waterman®, EXPO®, Foohy®, uni-ball®, and Rolodex®, among others.Sanford makes more than 6,000 products, ranging from markers, pens and pencils to professional art products, fine writing instruments and office organization products. Visit or for more information.                                                                   

About Future of Flight

The Boeing Company, Future of Flight Foundation, Snohomish County Public Facilities District and the Snohomish County Airport sought to create a unique interpretive center to help visitors look into the future of commercial aviation. By incorporating and expanding the existing Boeing Tour, the Future of Flight offers an opportunity to see both commercial jet production today and the direction aviation is headed in the future.

For more information contact Susan Wassel at 630-481-2018, or email