News Advisory Media Contacts: Pete Valadez Elaina Boudreau Roger Hoadley Managing Principal President VP, Director of Communications Waddell & Reed, Scottsdale BELA Communications Waddell & Reed/Ivy Funds (480) 222-6700, x101 (913) 660-0548 (913) 236-1993 Waddell & Reeds Traveling World War I Exhibition Rolls into Mesa, Arizona, at the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum to Honor Veterans, Raise Funds & Awareness for National Treasures Custom “big rig" traveling exhibit – developed in partnership with National World War I Museum – makes 75-city tour to preserve cultural history during Waddell & Reeds 75th anniversary Waddell & Reed Traveling WWI Exhibition and the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum open free to public on Wednesday, January 18.WHAT: Waddell & Reed – one of the country’s oldest mutual fund and financial planning companies – will kick off an ambitious and unconventional acknowledgement of its 75th anniversary. In partnership with Ivy Funds and the National World War I Museum, a custom 18-wheel “big rig” truck has been transformed into a traveling World War I exhibition. Dubbed the “Honoring Our History Tour,” the exhibition will visit 75 Waddell & Reed communities across the country – stopping at local museums and cultural institutions to raise funds and awareness. Mesa, Arizona, is the 29th stop on the 75-city tour. This unique traveling exhibition offers a free, interactive and educational experience designed by the National World War I Museum – the first and only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the artifacts, history and personal experiences of World War I. The Waddell & Reed Traveling World War I Exhibition features 66 artifacts, such as weapons, uniforms, posters and flags. In addition, visitors will experience the tight conditions of trench warfare, see the relatively primitive tools, weapons, equipment and uniforms, amid sounds and sights of war 100 years ago. The year-long tour honors the men and women who served in World War I – and those who have since bravely served our country and protected our freedom.WHEN/WHERE: The Waddell & Reed Traveling World War I Exhibition and the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum are open free to the public: • Wednesday, January 18 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Located in the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa, Arizona (Falcon Field Airport at the intersection of Greenfield and McKellips Road).
• Admission is free to both museums on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Waddell & Reed kicked off this exhibition tour in July 2011.WHY: “The stories of our past can’t help but influence our future. For that reason, we cannot take our cultural institutions for granted.” – Kevin Costner, Honorary Board Member, National World War I Museum In times when state and municipal budgets are tight, Waddell & Reed and Ivy Funds recognized the need to support museums and cultural institutions across the country. To celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary, Waddell & Reed created the Waddell & Reed Traveling WWI Exhibition. The exhibition’s mission is to raise awareness and funding for these national treasures. By traveling to 75 cities in nearly every state, Waddell & Reed hopes to raise $500,000 in donations over the course of the year. Funds raised at each stop will be divided equally between the local museum and the National World War I Museum, based in Kansas City, Mo. The two founders of Waddell & Reed, Chauncey Waddell and Cameron Reed, were veterans of World War I who formed a partnership in 1937 to create one of the longest-standing mutual fund and financial planning companies in the country. The exhibit includes founder Chauncey Waddell’s flight gear, his flight suit and log book. The Waddell & Reed Traveling WWI Exhibition will stop at museums of all classifications — including those focused on art, history, local culture, education and sports. A schedule for the tour, which will travel coast to coast in 2011/2012, can be found at www.honoringourhistory.com.WHO: Waddell & Reed, founded in 1937 and one of the oldest mutual fund and financial planning companies in the country, in partnership with the National World War I Museum, the only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes today. Ivy Funds, an affiliate of Waddell & Reed, offers a range of investment strategies to help investors best meet their long-term goals, all designed with a disciplined approach and global perspective. The Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to celebrating our heritage of freedom through flight, education, exhibition and remembrance. The museum consists of both operational warbirds and numerous static exhibits dedicated to our military aviation veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.MORE: Every visitor has the opportunity to make a financial donation to support the non-profit museum via electronic or cash donations. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.honoringourhistory.com. ###
Join us for the 12th Annual Historic Home Tour and so much moreOur featured district is the Sherwood Neighborhood, a 1950s and1960s custom home development. We will also have a few houses in theWest Second Street District, our Special Stops and a couple ofsurprises. All proceeds will benefit the Mesa Historical Museum.Date: January 28, 2012Time: 10am – 4pmCost: $15.00 per personFor information please call: Mesa Historical Museum: 480.835.7358or visit us on our website at: www.mesahistoricalmuseum.org
Arizona Museum of Natural History: February, Special Events During the month of February, the AzMNH is the place to be! We are opening our new exhibit "Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies", the much anticipated Pterosaurs exhibit that everyone has been talking about, but thats not the only thing happening in February. Take a look at these events... February 23, 2012 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Meet the Author - Conrad Storad Admission: AzMNH members = Free; Non – members = Special discount admission fee - $4.00 for all students and their adult chaperones. Adults = $7.00 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am on day of event. No discounts or passes accepted for this event. Arizona Museum of Natural History (AzMNH) is thrilled to host Conrad J. Storad as part of the AZ Scitech Festival. Storad writesinformative and entertaining science and nature books for children and young adults. He is the author of morethan 30 books such as Rattlesnake Rules and Desert Night Shift: a Pack Rat Story. He is a celebrated children’sauthor who has won numerous literary awards, and we are honored to have him at the museum. Along withConrad Storad, AzMNH will also be hosting JR and Big Mama! Be prepared to have fun, fun, fun! February 24, 2012 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Jurassic Park- Movie viewing and discussion with Paleontologist Admission: AzMNH Members = Free; Non – members = Special discount admission fee - $4.00 for children under 18 years and students. All other adults = $7.00. No discounts or passes will be accepted for this event.Jurassic Park –See the movie like never before, with an AzMNH paleontologist! Ever wonder if the dinosaurs inthe movie looked, or moved that way in real life? Well now is your chance to find out! Following the showingthere will be a lively discussion including a question and answer session that YOU can be a part of! February 26, 2012 1:30 – 3:30 p.m Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Dig! Admission: Members = Free; Non-members = regular museum admission fees for all others Meet Sid the Science Kid, learn how paleontologists dig for dinosaurs, visit the Paleo Dig Pit, see Dinosaur bones, hear stories and participate in crafts! Fun for budding Paleontologists of all ages!Seating is limited for these events so remember to reserve your spot early. Arizona Museum of Natural History: 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201 (480) 644-2230 • www.azmnh.org