WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 11, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) today announced the grand opening of The Family Technology Center at the Shades of Green(R) on Walt Disney World(R) Resort. Shades of Green is a U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center used exclusively by active and retired military personnel and their families and Department of Defense civilians.
The Family Technology Center, donated by Raytheon, will serve as guests’ “home away from home” game room. The Center, equipped with plush couches, plasma televisions, personal computers, Nintendo Wii(R) and Microsoft Xbox(R) systems, offers guests an on-site extension of their entertainment experience where they can relax, connect and enjoy each other.
“Raytheon’s donation of the Family Technology Center is a way of showing support to our active and retired military and their families,” said William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company. “It is our hope this gesture will show our deepest appreciation for all they do to support and protect our country.”
“We very much appreciate Raytheon’s generosity in providing this unique gift as a tribute to our servicemen and women and their families,” said Brian Japak, director of Shades of Green. “The Family Technology Center combines the best of both worlds — the latest in entertainment technology with a touch of ‘home,’ making it the perfect way for guests to stay connected to each other and loved ones while on vacation.”
Raytheon also recently announced plans to unveil an interactive, math-based experience called “The Sum of All Thrills” in the INNOVENTIONS pavilion at Epcot(R) at the Walt Disney World(R) Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The exhibit, set to open fall 2009, will engage children through a fun, interactive and educational experience that helps instill a lifelong passion for math, science and technology.
About Shades of Green(R) Resort
Shades of Green is an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) located in Central Florida. Opened originally in February 1994 and renovated and reopened in March 2004, the newly expanded Shades of Green is one of two AFRCs located in the continental United States. The Shades of Green Resort is a true resort destination. With more than 550 oversized rooms, diverse dining options, championship golf, and kids’ activities, it offers the perfect mix of exceptional resort accommodations and friendly hospitality.
About INNOVENTIONS at Epcot(R) at the Walt Disney World(R) Resort
INNOVENTIONS is located in the heart of Epcot(R) at the Walt Disney World(R) Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Creativity and imagination abound as guests celebrate inspiration and the innovations that improve their lives and expand their horizons. Hands-on, interactive exhibits allow children and adults to be immersed into ideas that inform, entertain and inspire – conquer the most dangerous house in America, find solutions to “sticky” problems, experience the most cutting edge products at the “House of the Future,” protect the environment from the daily waste we create and push the limits of everyday products as we make the world a safer place. For more information on INNOVENTIONS, visit www.innoventions.disney.com.
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.