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Company gives $400K for Washington's NJ river trek

WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. - WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. (AP) — After months of financial uncertainty, a Pennsylvania company has donated $400,000 to ensure that George Washington continues crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey each Christmas.

Thousands of people turn out every year to watch the re-enactment of Washington's 1776 crossing of the river in a surprise attack on British forces.

But this year's re-enactment was imperiled by government budget cuts that have closed a visitor center on the Pennsylvania side.

Besides the money to pay for Friday's crossing, technology manufacturer Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. pledged a five-year commitment of volunteer support from 13,000 employees for park maintenance and operations.

Other fundraising campaigns included the auction of a prime seat for the re-enactment.

Newtown, Pa., home builder Thomas Fischer won the auction and paid $3,500 for the right to don period garb and take a seat in the lead boat.

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