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BNSF Hosts Community Groups Onboard Business Cars


Nearly 600 youth and their families from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas and H.O.P.E. Farms, Inc., were treated to a unique train ride experience onboard BNSF business cars Oct. 23-24.

Make-A-Wish is a national organization devoted to helping the families of terminally ill children. H.O.P.E. Farms is a Fort Worth-based organization with a mission of providing opportunities for local at-risk children

"It was fun train ride filled with face painters, treats, storytellers, and clowns -- BNSF volunteers did an amazing job," said Kari Murphy Garcia, chairman, Regional Advisory Board Southwest Chapter, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. "I overheard one family say as the train turned around to return to Fort Worth, 'Back to Reality.'

"This ride was so much more than the tangible things everyone received; it was a much-needed escape for some families, and a chance to make memories for others."

In addition to the train trip, BNSF contributed $6,100 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. This contribution will actually fund a "wish" for a participating youngster.

Former Dallas Cowboy Russell Maryland joined the Sunday afternoon trip with H.O.P.E. Farms, Inc. Maryland's Super Bowl ring was a big hit with the participants.

"BNSF volunteers for both trips contributed to making the experience a memorable one for the participants. We especially appreciate the support of the Operations team from the Texas Division," said Joe Faust, regional director, Public Affairs. "Utilizing our business cars in this manner presents an excellent opportunity for BNSF to make a positive difference in the communities where we operate."

Photos from this weekend's event can be viewed at http://photos.bnsf.com/Events.

BNSF Headquarters

BNSF Railway Company
2650 Lou Menk Dr. 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 961057
Fort Worth, TX 76161-0057
Phone: (817) 352-1000

For more information on the company and its transportation solutions, visit the BNSF Web site at www.bnsf.com

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