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For Immediate Release
July 18, 2003 Contact: Cheryl Weiss
Communications Specialist
(608) 264-7868

Madison Money Conference Offers Financial Education and Activities for All Ages

(Madison) The third annual Money ConferenceTM returns to Madison on Saturday, August 16, 2003 at the Alliant Energy Center. All adults who attend the conference will receive a free copy of their credit report. The first 50 adults to arrive will also receive a free coupon toward a future credit-counseling session. The Money ConferenceTM offers high-quality, impartial financial education for adults and youth in a fun and motivational setting.

It includes wealth-building tips, age-appropriate sessions for youth as young as age six, Spanish- language sessions, door prizes galore, and games. The conference also provides free continental breakfast, lunch and parking. A sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired will be made available upon request, please call (608) 663-6332 by July 25, 2003.

"It is more vital than ever during these difficult economic times to know how to manage your money and how to make smart financial decisions," said Lorrie Keating Heinemann, Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). "It is also crucial that we get young people involved in personal finance. This conference offers great financial education and DFI is happy to participate," added Heinemann

One of the many Money ConferenceTM youth activities is the $1000 Intelligent Arts ShowcaseTM 2003-Performing Arts for Financial Fitness that provides musicians, rappers, poets, dancers, actors and other artists (ages 18 and under) the opportunity to present original artistic compositions with a financial education theme. Participants can win cash prizes in the following denominations: 1st prize = $500; 2nd prize = $300; 3rd prize = $100; 4th prize = $50; and 5th prize = $50. To register, interested parties should call Mr. Taylor at Kuumba Renaissance (608) 226-9211. Registrations will be taken until July 25, 2003 or until all slots are filled.

Registration and continental breakfast start at 7:45 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration fees are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under). A brochure about the conference and a pre-registration form are available to download from the DFI website at or the Asset Builders website at For more information contact Teresa Walker of DFI at 608-267-1713 or Richard Entenmann of Asset Builders of America at (608) 663-6332.