DENVER - The Qwest Foundation, Qwest Communications' giving program, is donating $320,000 to the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial to help commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Lewisand Clark expedition.

The funds will go, in part, to fund the Signature Event from Long Beach to Cannon Beach, Ore., Nov. 11-15 with a special commemoration of The Vote on Nov. 24 at McGowan.

This grant is the largest corporate gift ever received by the council, as well as the largest education donation given by the Qwest Foundation in 2004. In addition to helping fund eight bicentennial signature events in seven states, the money will pay for a Lewisand Clark educational campaign; and brochures, posters and other materials.

"The Lewisand Clark expedition is an unsurpassed tale of adventure and endurance, yet the bicentennial events must be more than a commemoration of a long-ago adventure," said Robert R. Archibald, president of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. "This is an opportunity for all of us to evaluate the long chain of cause and effect that links past, present and future, and we're thankful to have the support of the Qwest Foundation."

The council selected communities from Virginia to Washington to host its national heritage signature events, which began in January 2003 and extend through September 2006. Each community was chosen for its place in the expedition's chronology, its historical relevance, cultural diversity, tribal involvement and geographic location.

In addition to the National Council grant, the Qwest Foundation also will launch the "Go Back to School with Lewis & Clark" educational campaign. This program will offer educators free CD-ROMs that will allow them to easily incorporate lesson plans on Lewisand Clark into their teaching.

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