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November 16, 2006

Alcoa Foundation Donates $100,000 to Gettysburg Foundation

Gift Will Help with Environmental Aspects of New Museum and Visitor Center

GETTYSBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Alcoa Foundation today donated $100,000 to the Gettysburg Foundation to assist the Foundation with the environmental sustainability of the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park.

“We are tremendously grateful for this generous gift,” said Gettysburg Foundation President Robert C. Wilburn. “We are committed to preserving this landscape and providing visitors with an understanding of what happened here and how those events are relevant in today’s world. This gift allows us to be one step closer to achieving our goals.”

The Gettysburg Foundation is working in partnership with the National Park Service to build a new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg; the new facility will open in spring 2008.

“Alcoa Foundation is pleased to play a part in the enhancement and preservation of this significant landmark in American history. Conservation and sustainability is an Alcoa Foundation Area of Excellence, so we are truly pleased to be involved with this unique and functional, self-sustainable landscape preservation and restoration project,” said Meg McDonald, president of Alcoa Foundation.

The Gettysburg Foundation is committed to an environmentally sustainable building and site, which includes landscape preservation and restoration. As an example, preservation of as many wetland areas on the site as possible — for the 0.682 acres of wetlands that will be disturbed by the new facilities, the Foundation is restoring almost three times that amount — 1.912 acres. This includes creation of new wetlands as part of the restoration of the portion of the Guinn Run stream bed corridor that runs near the new Museum and Visitor Center.

For more information about the Gettysburg Foundation, please call 1-866-889-1243 or visit

About Alcoa Foundation

Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in the countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in Areas of Excellence that include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and Healthy Children and Families. Alcoa Foundation manages Alcoa’s ACTION and Bravo! programs which recognize the volunteer efforts of employees with grants to the organizations they serve. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit, under Community.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa wheels, and Baco household wraps. Among its other businesses are closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 129,000 employees in 44 countries and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at