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Sponsors the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Annual Hope Awards

MOSINEE, WI - May 25, 2004 - In light of May 25th, which honors National Missing Children's Day, Wausau Financial Systems applauds the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in their ongoing efforts to find missing children and prevent child sexual exploitation. May 25th was first proclaimed National Missing Children's Day by President Ronald Reagan and honored by every administration since.

In strong support of NCMEC and child safety, SafeAssured™ by Wausau Financial Systems announces its sponsorship of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the 2004 Hope Awards and Congressional Breakfast.

NCMEC, co-founded by John and Revé Walsh, provides services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted and sexually exploited children. NCMEC also assists law enforcement in the prosecution of the criminals who perpetrate these terrible crimes.

"In honor of National Missing Children's Day, Wausau Financial Systems reminds families of the importance of having up-to-date photos of their children," comments Bob Weirauch, Chairman and CEO with Wausau Financial Systems, parent company of SafeAssured. "Our vision is that every child in America has a SafeAssured Child ID, and no parent ever has to use it."

The SafeAssured Child ID solution is designed as electronic input for possible deployment into local and state AMBER Alert programs. This approach to child identification provides families with the power to deliver media and law enforcement immediate identifying data that is ready to broadcast. In addition to a digital photo and personal profile, SafeAssured's captured elements include: digital fingerprints, voice sample, and streaming video showing movement and gait. The child's information is stored on a Mini-CD ROM that is secured with a locked electronic code to safeguard privacy.

"All those who fight for the cause of missing and exploited children are truly fortunate to have the tremendous support of many individuals and corporations from around the world," said Ernie Allen, President and CEO of NCMEC and the International Centre. "Our Hope Awards recognize the exceptional initiatives undertaken by compassionate people and corporations that make preventing child victimization a top priority."

The support the Hope Awards have received from individuals and private corporations highlights the resounding commitment from businesses to combat global child victimization.

"NCMEC urges parents or guardians to maintain easily accessible good-quality photographs of their children. SafeAssured by Wausau Financial Systems helps them accomplish this," added Allen.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in coop
eration with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Serving as the national clearinghouse for information and a resource center for child protection, NCMEC has worked with law enforcement on 98,000 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of 83,000 children. NCMEC's CyberTipline has handled more than 240,000 leads of child sexual exploitation. For more information, please visit www.missingkids.com or call 1.800.THE.LOST.

About the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children is the leading global service agency working to protect the world's children from exploitation and abduction. For more information about ICMEC, call 703-837-3900, or visit: www.icmec.org.

About Wausau Financial Systems
Wausau Financial Systems (WFS) is a leading resource of information processing solutions worldwide. Its products encompass image-based financial transaction processing solutions, document management solutions, and identification security solutions. For more information, visit www.wausaufs.com.

Carla Schranz - Marketing Analyst
SafeAssured by Wausau Financial Systems

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