AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - September 9, 2008) - AAA Texas announced its donation of $25,000 to the Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund (GMRF). The donation comes at a critical time as plans for rebuilding the mansion get under way.

"AAA Texas wants to do its part to restore the mansion to its beauty and grandeur that so many have come to love," says AAA Texas CEO, Tom McKernan. "We are so very proud to play a role in restoring this historic landmark."

The Governor's Mansion suffered extensive damage after an arson on June 8, 2008. First Lady Anita Perry established the GMRF in July to assist in the rebuilding process.

"Texas is grateful to AAA Texas for their generous donation to the Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund," Mrs. Perry said. "Rick and I share their dedication to seeing this historic structure rebuilt and restored."

AAA Texas recognizes the historic value of the governor's mansion and looks forward to seeing the mansion rebuilt with integrity.

AAA Texas, a member of the AAA Federation of motor clubs, has been serving Texans since 1902. Today, more than a million AAA Texas members benefit from the organization's roadside assistance service, travel agency, financial products, insurance products and services, automotive pricing, buying and financing, trip planning services, and traffic safety programs. Information about these products and services is available on AAA Texas' web site at

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Contact Information: Contact: Dan Ronan - DFW/Statewide 469 221 8217 office 469 583 7070 cell Sarah Schimmer - Houston 713 284 6552 office 281 797 7886 cell Sonta Henderson - Austin 512 444 4757 ext. 224