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United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Newsletter | Fall 2018

Templetons kick off 94th annual United Way campaign Anyone who follows Troy Aikman has some oversized shoes to fill. The Hall of Fame quarterback raised more than $61 million as last year’s fundraising

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Campaign Chair for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. But this year, two undaunted souls are stepping up to Co-chair the role: Rich Templeton, Texas Instruments Chairman, President and CEO and his wife, Mary Templeton. The two feel certain they’re up to the challenge. “Mary and I are thrilled to serve together,” said Rich, who also served as Campaign Chair in 2012-13. “United Way is the backbone for addressing the growing needs in our community and making a difference in the lives of many.” Continued on page 2

Mary and Rich Templeton

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GroundFloor fellows win prize money and gain recognition at OneUp the Pitch

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Two non-profit education organizations were awarded

“These organizations are helping kids who are from

top prizes at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ second

underserved areas and may be the first in their families

annual OneUp the Pitch presented by AT&T, a Shark

to have any opportunity for education after high

Tank-style competition among social entrepreneurs that

school,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton

drew an estimated 1,000 people to the Bomb Factory

President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan

in Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood on April 12.

Dallas. “They are turning likely college dropouts into

OneUp the Pitch is the inspiring, annual year-ending finale to United Way’s GroundFloor. GroundFloor,

success stories, for a small investment. It is that simple and that miraculous.”

in collaboration with Accenture, is a mentor-driven

Celebrity judges included: Amber Venz Box, President

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social innovation fund and impact accelerator program

and Co-founder of RewardStyle; David Brown, retired

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that invests seed funding and resources to support

Dallas Police Chief; Jack Furst, Founder and CEO of

innovators who address the most challenging social

Oak Stream Investors; Ken Hersh, President and CEO


of the George W. Bush Presidential Center; and Todd

Aikman Staubach Circle Reception Second Tuesday Luncheon

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GroundFloor serves as a critical part of United Way’s commitment to treat 360 degrees of need by

Wagner, Founder and CEO of Charity Network and CEO of 2929 Entertainment.

identifying and developing evolving strategies and

The $25,000 audience prize, selected through the

tactics to combat some of our biggest community

smartphone votes of audience members in attendance,

OneUp the Pitch


was awarded to Education Opens Doors, which equips

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The $75,000 Social Innovator of the Year Award, was

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college students with academic managers who provide

Builders Society Luncheon

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won by ScholarShot, which pairs at-risk, first generation academic and emotional support, as well as assistance with planning courses and other aspects of college life.

middle and high school teachers with curriculum to help students navigate the path to college. The organization, led by founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder, will use the money to launch a digital version of the curriculum called Roadmap to Success.

ScholarShot, led by founding Executive Director Dan

In addition to the two winners, GroundFloor 2017-18

Hooper, was chosen by a panel of celebrity judges.

alumni participating in the contest included Youth

ScholarShot plans to use the money to employ two

with Faces, First3Years, and Center for Employment

additional managers. Continued on page 3

Message from the CEO United Way of Metropolitan Dallas lost a steadfast leader and supporter, Margaret McDermott, on May 3, 2018. Even in our sadness, we are filled with immense gratitude for the extraordinary life she led and shared with so many. Margaret radiated warmth and life to everyone and everything around her, and it is unimaginable to think of Dallas without her. Her magnanimous nature, tireless efforts and profound generosity marked all she did. But what set her apart was her clear-eyed vision of what could be achieved through her philanthropy and her singular ambition for

Templetons kick off 94th annual United Way campaign Continued from page 1 “I’m excited that we’re doing this as a couple,” added Mary. “I’m excited that we’re going to champion the next generation. “ It’s the first time in United Way’s 94-year history that a couple has led the annual campaign, which raises resources to support the organization’s bold 10-year goals—moving 250,000 out of poverty permanently, preparing at least 60-percent of all high school graduates to succeed in college and careers, and improving health and quality-of-life across North Texas. Jennifer Sampson, CEO of United Way, has absolute faith in the pair.

Dallas to be regarded as one of the world’s great

“Rich is a powerful influence and example in our

cities. Nothing diminished her fierce commitment

business community,” Sampson said, “while Mary is

to the city or the sunlight of her personality.

the driving force behind the expansion of United Way

Her steadfast commitment to United Way spanned decades. She was a longtime member of United

“ United Way is the backbone for addressing the growing needs in our community and making a difference in the lives of many.”

leadership to family leadership, a strategy we had hoped

- Rich Templeton

and planned for years ago.”

Way’s Tocqueville Society, and was recognized as a

For Mary, it’s also a personal way to honor the legacy

member of Women of Tocqueville. She generously

of two dear friends and longtime supporters of United

served as Honorary Co-Chair of United Way of

Way— philanthropist Ruth Altshuler, who died last

Metropolitan Dallas’s 90th Anniversary in 2015.

December, and Margaret McDermott, the widow of TI

Margaret, along with Mary and Rich Templeton,

Co-founder Eugene McDermott, who died in May.

championing #GiveBigDFW on November 27th, the

“They took me under their giant philanthropic wings and

with a focus on sharing and caring.

endowed the UWMD CEO's position, which became the McDermott-Templeton President and CEO in 2015. She supported the Capital Campaign for United Way’s new building and, more recently, the Unite Forever campaign. In October 2017, she received the Decades of Distinction Award. Margaret’s philanthropy was integral to arts and health care organizations and universities throughout the community. Just as she left her mark on our city in many visible ways, she also left an indelible mark on our hearts. We will miss this ray of light in our lives but will celebrate her legacy for generations to come. She touched every person and every corner of the city. We mourn her passing and will remember her in many ways as we journey forward—a journey in which she would have delighted. Yours gratefully,

Jennifer Sampson McDermott-Templeton President and CEO United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Senior Leadership Team Jennifer Sampson McDermott-Templeton President and Chief Executive Officer Susan Hoff Chief Strategy, Impact and Operations Officer Ashley Brundage Senior Vice President, Community Impact Steven Kravit Chief Technology Officer Katherine Stenesen Chief Development Officer

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taught me what it means to give wisely,” she says. “Rich and I are inspired by the opportunity to carry on their

place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year. By Templeton family plans to kick off the holiday season

“I deeply admire them both for their vision and

efforts to keep making our community better.”

commitment, and am profoundly grateful for their

Plans for the annual campaign include engaging long-

to let this community down. We will raise more money

standing corporate, civic and philanthropic relationships while creating new ones with innovative digital strategies. The organization also hopes to again lead North Texas to the title of ‘Most Generous City in America’ on #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving that takes

leadership,” Sampson said. “Rich and Mary aren’t going than we did last year. I have absolutely no doubt about that.” Below Troy Aikman and Jennifer Sampson watch Mary and Rich Templeton on the screen at the United Way Awards.

GroundFloor Class of 2018-19 United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is pleased to welcome the social innovators selected to receive support and mentorship as fellows in the GroundFloor Class of 2018-19.

Successful year for GroundFloor

through a 12-month paid post-release restaurant

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internship program for young men and women coming

Opportunities. The 2018-19 class of 11 GroundFloor

featured in “Upstanders,” a Starbucks original series.

fellows, the largest class to date, was also introduced at

out of juvenile facilities. Café Momentum was also

OneUp the Pitch.

Keven Vicknair, Founder and Executive Director of

The Kleinert Family has generously underwritten the

hunger by increasing access to healthy food sources,

OneUp the Pitch award money for three years and will continue through 2020. “I think it’s great to see these organizations blossom,” said Ashlee Kleinert. “And a huge part of that is because of the GroundFloor program.” “Our thought was that if we can in some small way help these organizations, and maybe inspire other people to want to help, how great can this program be? And there’s still room to grow,” added Chris Kleinert. Accenture is generously serving as presenting sponsor of GroundFloor for 2017-18 and 2018-19. “We are proud to sponsor United Way’s GroundFloor program to help accelerate innovation in North Texas,” said Jorge Corral, Managing Director of Accenture Dallas

Equal Heart, said the organization, which works to end was viewed differently by their lending institution after Equal Heart completed the GroundFloor program. “Our bank said, ‘You guys are so strong, we are going to give you a loan for a new space.’ That doesn’t normally happen to a three-year-old nonprofit. Without United Way’s GroundFloor support, Equal Heart would be half the size it is today.” Equal Heart is the largest provider of summer meals in the state of Texas. If you would like information about supporting the GroundFloor program, please contact Tony Smercina at or 214-978-0036. Above The 2018 OneUp the Pitch Audience Award Winner Education Opens Doors.

office. The company received the Social Innovation Award at the United Way Awards on May 17. The benefits that GroundFloor fellows receive extend beyond cash prizes. All fellows receive funding, mentoring and community connections through the program. And all social entrepreneurs chosen for OneUp the Pitch gain broad public exposure. “Every organization selected to participate is a winner,” said Jennifer Sampson. “We give these social entrepreneurs a platform to tell their story in front of a completely new audience. In many cases, people in the audience have their heartstrings pulled and they want to get involved.” After receiving the 2017 OneUp the Pitch grand prize, Akola, a nonprofit jewelry brand that trains, employs and empowers women in poverty in Uganda and Dallas, was asked to sell their jewelry on the Home Shopping Network. In the past year, Akola also opened a permanent store at NorthPark. “We’re excited to continue to expand product categories and give more women across the globe work opportunities at a living wage,” said Brittany Underwood, Founder and CEO. Café Momentum, another competitor from 2017, experienced “a record-breaking year in fundraising and in the number of kids we worked with,” reported Chad Houser, Founder, CEO and Executive Chef. The restaurant provides a transformative experience

GroundFloor Alumni Highlights • Equal Heart has provided direct-todoor groceries to more than 40,000 hungry people. • Dallas Teacher Residency has trained and placed 125 teachers in 20 schools across Dallas and Mesquite, while maintaining a 95% three-year retention rate. • Café Momentum has provided service to over 400 youth offenders and recently broke ground on a community services center near the restaurant to provide more support to the youth they serve. • Per Scholas has moved into a new space and launched a partnership with Cognizant to train their hiring pool. | 3

Aikman Staubach Circle Reception Members of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ most generous giving societies gathered at the home of Lisa and Clay Cooley on January 23 for a celebratory thank you.

Jason Downing, Lizzie and Dan Routman

Pete and Caren Kline

Roger and Marianne Staubach and Michelle and Scott Vopni

Lisa and Clay Cooley, Jennifer Sampson, Robert Brackbill and Caroline Rose Hunt

Women of Tocqueville Connections In February, Women of Tocqueville friends and guests gathered at Elements to enjoy an evening of conversation and spring fashion trends while learning how Nexus Recovery Center, a United Way service provider, provides drug and alcohol recovery care facilities to women and teens. Members and guests donated enough business clothes to fill an SUV.

Pamela Osborne, Cassandra McKinney, Renee Gadson, and Angela Ross

Robin Bray, Marquita Gordon, Kristy Faus, and Katie Rose

Second Tuesday Luncheon Featuring Clarice Tinsley, KDFW FOX 4 The Second Tuesday Luncheon Series is a series of events for the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Tocqueville Society and their guests. Named to honor longtime Dallas philanthropist Ruth Sharp Altshuler, the Tocqueville Society is composed of civic and business leaders whose vision for North Texas is matched only by their generosity. Clarice Tinsley shared reflections on her 40 years with KDFW FOX 4.

Bob West and Sally Mashburn

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Barbara Lord Watkins, Anne Motsenbocker, and Clarice Tinsley

Bench & Bar sponsored by AT&T, Baker Botts, and Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst A panel discussion on February 27 about Data Security and Privacy Featuring: Carlos Hernandez, EVP, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, Fluor Corporation; Tim Leahy, Chief Legal Officer, AT&T International; David Monk, EVP & Chief Legal Officer, RealPage; and Cynthia Trochu, SVP, Secretary & General Counsel, Texas Instruments. The event included a CLE credit opportunity for members of the community’s legal profession.

Elizabeth Ryan, Dee Brown, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson, and Oni Groves

David Monk and Bill Morrison

Builders Society Networking Luncheon presented by TXU Energy Luncheon and conversation on the topic of building business and philanthropic communities in Dallas, featuring: Jason Downing, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board Chair and Managing Partner, Deloitte; Anne Motsenbocker, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board Vice Chair and Managing Director, Chase; and Byron Sanders, President and CEO, Big Thought.

Larry Autry and Stacy Price

Kolt Sarver and Megan Wilson

OneUp the Pitch sponsored by AT&T, The Kleinert Family, and YPO More than 1,000 guests gathered at The Bomb Factory to watch five of United Way’s GroundFloor social entrepreneurs deliver pitches about the difficult and life-changing work they do each-and-every-day.

ScholarShot Founder and Executive Director Dan Hooper

Neena Newberry, Charlene Lake, and Sara Kite

Chris Kleinert, Ashlee Kleinert, and Dahna Hull

Ryan Suchala

Babe Laufenberg, Jorge Corral, and Jack Furst | 5

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors | 2018-2019 Jason W. Downing Deloitte Chair

Community Impact Summer meals program assists families

Pathways to Work invests in targeted job training

For children and teens, summer should signal a fun break

If you have ever been in the hospital for a surgery or the

Clint McDonnough Ernst & Young LLP (EY) (Retired) United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas, Chair

from the school year, not hunger. But sadly, summer

birth of a child, you have probably encountered Patient

Mary and Rich Templeton Annual Campaign Co-Chairs

break can mean summer hunger for thousands of North

Care Technicians (PCTs), who provide a variety of patient

Texas students who rely on school meal programs. On any

services and are increasingly in demand, according to

given day in Dallas County, 1 in 4 kids don’t know if they’ll

labor market reports.

Anne Motsenbocker Chase Vice Chair Michelle Vopni Ernst & Young LLP (EY) Treasurer

Rick Bridwell Bank of America Merrill Lynch Jorge Corral Accenture Regen Fearon Early Matters Dallas

eat. That's where the Summer Meals program comes in.

As part of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’

To combat summer hunger, United Way of Metropolitan

commitment to help North Texans achieve financial

Dallas, in partnership with the Texas Hunger Initiative,

stability, United Way’s Pathways to Work program

Manny Fernandez KPMG LLP

developed the North Texas Summer & Supper Council.

(Pathways) has invested in PCT training initiatives that

Edward G. Galante* Community Volunteer

The Council works to support agencies providing meals to

help healthcare employers fill open positions and give

ensure that every child has access to healthy meals in the

unemployed or underemployed workers the opportunity

summer, addressing a vital need for families that rely on

to start a career in the field. Pathways is a cross-sector

the federal nutrition programs during the school year. This

collaboration of funders, employers and training providers.

Richard Fedock Exxon Mobil Corporation (Retired) Audit & Ethics Chair

Cecily Gooch Vistra Energy Jim Hinton Baylor Scott & White Health Charlene Lake AT&T Pete Lerma Richards/Lerma David Martin The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Gail McDonald Transition Resources, Inc. Scott Moore PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) David Park Atmos Energy

program helps local meal providers collaborate to meet service gaps, increase the number of meal sites, and more effectively address child hunger in our community.

The program supports a partnership between El Centro College and Sharing Life Community Outreach to help workers, primarily young to middle-aged women, earn

The members of the North Texas Summer & Supper

the PCT certification and secure jobs. Pathways is also

Council, made possible by funding from Bank of America

helping young adults become PCTs through the Step

and Kellogg’s, have seen steady growth, serving over

Forward program, led by Serve West Dallas. Baylor Scott

Debra Brennan Tagg Brennan Financial Services

49,000 children in Dallas County in 2016 and over

& White serves as the primary employer partner.

Julie Van Haren Texas Instruments Resource Development Chair

51,000 children in 2017. And this year, through the

Bob Wright Wright Connatser PLLC Community Impact Committee Chair

expand the program’s reach to Collin County to serve

Torrence Robinson Fluor Corporation Sandra Phillips Rogers Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Jennifer Saenz Frito-Lay North America

Chris Wyse Kimberly-Clark Corporation

generous support of Bank of America, United Way will even more children.

Clint McDonnough Ernst & Young LLP (EY) (Retired) Chair Caroline Rose Hunt The Rosewood Corporation Honorary Vice Chair Dave C. Rader Frito-Lay, Inc. (Retired) Treasurer/Secretary

Growing Southern Dallas nonprofits Meeting the needs of a growing community can be a difficult task. While Southern Dallas is home to the

Hal Brierley The Brierley Group

Texas, it also struggles with high levels of poverty and

David Brown, Sr. Dallas Police Chief (Retired)

inequality. Grassroots organizations such as small non-

Mary Anne Cree Community Volunteer J. Patrick Faubion Comerica Bank – Texas Market (Retired) Curtis M. FitzGerald Exxon Mobil Corporation (Retired) Barry A. Fromberg Creekpoint Capital LLC Edward G. Galante Community Volunteer Carol Glendenning Clark Hill Strasburger PLC Peter Kline Kline Family Interests Kevin March Texas Instruments (Retired) Ron Parker PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, Inc. (Retired) Michael Peterson Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal L.L.P. General Counsel Stanley A. Rabin Commercial Metals Company (Retired) Carolyn Perot Rathjen The Perot Foundation

profits, churches, and neighborhood associations have laid the groundwork to provide relief to the area, but often lack the skills and partnerships to expand their services. In order to help the community to reach its full potential, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, University of North Texas at Dallas, and the State Fair of Texas created the Thriving Nonprofits Initiative to provide training, resource networking, and investments to community based organizations. So far, 20 community service agencies have taken part in this groundbreaking project. At the helm of these agencies are trusted community leaders who, “understand the needs of those who live in the neighborhoods they serve better than anyone else,” said

Debbie Taylor Citi (Retired)

Susan Hoff, Chief Strategy, Impact & Operations Officer

Mary Templeton Community Volunteer

at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Debra von Storch Ernst & Young LLP (EY) Terri West Texas Instruments (Retired)

In addition to growing nonprofits, the Thriving Nonprofits

Michael Wetherington Community Volunteer

Initiative is committed to growing minority and female

Steven Williams PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, Inc.

leaders whose professional leadership opportunities are often limited. This focus led to a racial-equity grant from

EMERITI DIRECTORS: Troy Aikman Aikman Enterprises David W. Biegler Southcross Energy Partners L.P. Becky Bright Civic Leader Liz Minyard Community Volunteer Erle Nye TXU (Retired)

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earn the PCT certification program and then provides

Community College District.

largest inventory of land and workforce potential in North

Pete Chilian J.P. Morgan Private Bank

It helps janitorial or food service department employees

associate degree program offered through Dallas County

Millie Bradley Exxon Mobil Corporation (Retired)

Jim Burke Vistra Energy

through Parkland Hospital’s Education at Work program.

additional tuition assistance so they can complete an


United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors | 2018 - 2019

United Way also supports PCT training in the workplace

United Way Worldwide, funded through Toyota. The long-term goal for the Thriving Nonprofits Initiative is to help organizations in Southern Dallas take steps necessary to grow and achieve sustainability.

Recently, Pathways secured a $100,000 grant from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions to help Parkland, Methodist and UT Southwestern implement new strategies that fill vacancies, increase retention and improve career advancement rates of PCTs. By bringing employers together and investing in healthcare training programs, Pathways is helping to meet the need for skilled workers, and connecting workers with stable careers.

United Way Awards United Way of Metropolitan Dallas celebrated the success of the 2017-18 annual campaign and honored donors and volunteers at the United Way Awards on May 17 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The evening was a celebration of our volunteers and donors to workplace campaigns, leaders of countless community-minded companies, visionary foundations who are United Way partners in a multitude of initiatives, and individual volunteers and donors throughout North Texas who share the dream of what our community can and should be. Campaign Chair Troy Aikman announced Mary and Rich Templeton will succeed him as Campaign Co-Chairs for the 2018-19 annual campaign. Rich Templeton, President and CEO of Texas Instruments, also served as Campaign Chair in 2012-13. The following award winners were also announced.

Spirit of Caring Award Vistra Energy and its Integrated Businesses, TXU and Luminant

Robert Miller Media Award Clarice Tinsley FOX 4 News

Give Award Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation

Outstanding Employee Campaign Coordinator Vicki Draughn Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Advocate Award Roland Love North American Title Company

Million Dollar Companies

Public Service Award The Mass Care Task Force

Volunteer Award Mark Davidson PepsiCo/Frito-Lay

Community Impact Award Bank of Texas

Education Award Alliance Data

Bank of Texas

Income Award Catholic Charities of Dallas

Outstanding Giving Societies Award Deloitte

Health Award The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Campaign Growth Award Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Social Innovation Award Accenture

Outstanding Corporate Engagement Award Alliance Data

Jones Day Texas Instruments

Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Emerging Leader Award Danielle Cooper Vistra Energy and its Integrated Businesses, TXU Energy and Luminant

The Howard Hughes Corporation Oncor

Mass Care Task Force Award: Keith Rhodes, Susan Hoff, Monica Egert Smith, Tricia Cunningham, Captain Richard New, Tammy Richards, and Debra Brennan Tagg

Spirit of Caring Award: Vistra Energy Troy Aikman and Scott Hudson, President, TXU Energy

Richard and Carole Fedock

Sara and Gary Ahr

Debra Brennan Tagg, Deb Gibbins, Laura Downing, John Stephens, and Jennifer Sampson

Outstanding Corporate Engagement Award: Jason Downing, Danielle Ricketts, Cristina Carlson, Melenda Meazle, Connie Fung, and Darren Woodson | 7

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#GIVEBIGDFW #GiveBigDFW is our community’s response to #GivingTuesday, which has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that highlight community impact and encourage engagement and support in communities. This global day of giving on November 27, 2018 kicks-off the charitable season. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for local organizations to raise both funds and awareness for our community. This year, we’re teaming up with United Way of Tarrant County and United Way of Denton County to host #GiveBigDFW, and we need your help to earn DFW the title of Most Generous Community in America. Last year, more than 200 nonprofit organizations joined us in raising over $20 million dollars, and the goal is to exceed that this year! Whether you want to volunteer or make a donation—or both—on Giving Tuesday, please visit to learn how you can get involved!


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