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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Announces Strategic Alliance Partnership with Boys Choir of Harlem

$300,000 Leadership Grant to Launch Choir's Fundraising Campaign


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 24 - Texaco today announced a $300,000 grant to the Boys Choir of Harlem, the first corporate commitment to the Choir's new Strategic Alliance Partnership campaign. The $1.5 million fundraising drive, which was launched at a press conference this morning at the Choir Academy in Harlem, coincides with the Choir's 30th anniversary.

Texaco's contribution, which will be paid over the next three years, will help the Choir to expand and strengthen its staff and infrastructure. Texaco is working with the Choir to encourage participation by other corporate donors.

Texaco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter I. Bijur said, "Texaco is proud of its ongoing relationship with the Boys Choir of Harlem, and we congratulate Dr. Turnbull and the Choir on 30 years of success. Our continued support for the Choir and its academic programs complements Texaco's efforts in the area of early childhood music education through our signature program, Early Notes: The Sound of Children Learning."

"As a company driven by technological excellence, Texaco has a stake in developing outstanding students. There is growing recognition of the potential link between music education and academic achievement. This contribution is another example of Texaco's philanthropic focus of developing our most precious resource - our children - for the future," Bijur added.

Texaco support for the Boy's Choir of Harlem prior to today's commitment has totaled $370,000. Since 1991, the company has sponsored Choir performances in communities across the country where Texaco has operations.

The Boys Choir of Harlem was founded in 1968 by Dr. Walter J. Turnbull. Over the years, it has grown from a small community choral group to a major performing arts institution of international renown. In addition to its performances, the Choir has established formal after-school music education and tutoring programs and a summer music education institute.

Working in partnership with the New York City Board of Education in 1993, the Choir established the Choir Academy of Harlem, a coed, alternative public school for grades four through 12. Each of the 550 students currently enrolled was admitted after a successful audition, though only the top singers participate in the Choir's public performances. The Academy provides intense music training with traditional academic courses. Currently, 98 percent of the Academy's students go on to higher education. The tremendous success of the Choir has sparked a demand for similar programs in other communities nationwide.

Updated: November 1998