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Tree.com CFO Goes to Jail to Combat Muscular Dystrophy

Thursday, October 23, 2008 General News J E 4
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 22 On Tuesday, November 18 Tree.comCFO Matt Packey will find himself in an orange jump suit locked up in an area"jail" to help raise money for Jerry's Kids(R) and the Muscular DystrophyAssociation (MDA). The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary healthagency and a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizensaimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a millionAmericans.

Tree.com and Mr. Packey were tapped as community leaders in the effort toraise money for the MDA. Mr. Packey is hoping to spend as little time aspossible in jail, set up at the Ballantyne Village Theater. "I've challengedmy co-workers, friends and family members to help me get out of jail throughtheir donations. What I'm afraid of is they'll donate money but negotiate adeal to leave me in there," he laughs. "My goal is to raise $3,000 but I'dlove to contribute as much money as possible to this great cause."

MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research,comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professionaland public health education. With national headquarters in Tucson, AZ, MDA hasmore than 200 offices across the country, sponsors 225 hospital-affiliatedclinics and supports nearly 400 research projects around the world.

MDA supports more research on neuromuscular diseases than any otherprivate-sector organization in the world. MDA scientists are in the forefrontof gene therapy research and have uncovered the genetic defects responsiblefor several forms of muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a formof amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), childhoodspinal muscular atrophy, and several other neuromuscular conditions.

To help Mr. Packey get out of jail early, please contribute donationshere: https://www.joinmda.org/ballantyne2008/mpackey/.

About Tree.com, Inc.

Tree.com, Inc. is the parent of several brands and businesses in thefinancial services and real estate industries including LendingTree,LendingTree Loans (sm), GetSmart.com, HomeLoanCenter.com, RealEstate.com,iNest.com, RealEstate.com, REALTORS(R), and Domania.com. Together, they serveas an ally for consumers who are looking to comparison shop loans, real estateand other financial products from multiple businesses and professionals whocompete for their business.

Tree.com, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. For more information,please visit www.tree.com.Contact Allison Vail (704) 943-8339 Allison.vail@lendingtree.com

SOURCE Tree.com, Inc.
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