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AT&T grant boosts Princess technology

The Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts received a $10,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation to help fund a newly designed interactive Internet site.

"We're now better able to serve our students, teachers and the community as an arts resource," said Lindy Ashwander, executive director of the Princess. "The new site will also help us with operational efficiencies, staff support and outreach to our patrons."

The funding is part of the AT&T Excelerator competitive technology grant program, which was available for the first time to AT&T Southeast's nine-state service area.

Helping nonprofits integrate technology into their operations and community outreach, AT&T Excelerator grants place technology tools in the hands of the underserved populations that the nonprofits work with in order to provide resources such as education programs, Internet access, computer training and job-skills development.

"For the past six years, the AT&T Excelerator program has demonstrated the importance of how technology can benefit communities and organizations," said Dave Hargrove, regional manager for External Affairs for AT&T Alabama.

Since 2002, the AT&T Excelerator program has provided more than 2,500 technology grants — worth more than $47.8 million — to organizations across the country. In 2006, AT&T Inc. and the AT&T Foundation contributed more than $101 million to nonprofit organizations.

Paul Huggins

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