Fundraising Drive Launched for Governor's Mansion Restoration

Texas First Lady Anita Perry joined the Independent Bankers Association of Texas on Wednesday in launching a fundraising drive for restoration of the Governor's Mansion.

"Community banks are a natural fit for this important challenge," said Christopher Williston, association president and chief executive officer. "IBAT banks are all headquartered in Texas and concentrate solely on their communities and the state that has always been their home."

Williston said the group plans to blanket the state in the fundraising drive. The association represents more than 2,000 banks and full-service branches in 700 communities throughout Texas. The banks will act as collection points for Texans wishing to donate.

Anita Perry formed the Texas Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund after the historic home was severely damaged in a fire last June. The blaze was believed to be arson. No one has been arrested in the case.

Gov. Rick Perry and Anita Perry were not living at the mansion when it burned. The home, built in 1856, was vacant and undergoing maintenance and repairs at the time. No one was injured in the fire.

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