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Hurricane Relief Efforts (#7)

October 21, 2008

We continue to track (see also here, here, here, here, here, and here) corporate and foundation support for recovery efforts in the aftermath of this year's Gulf Coast hurricanes. Here's the latest update....

In the wake of Hurricane Ike, Total Petrochemicals has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross for shelter, food, counseling, and other assistance in coastal areas of Texas.

Continuing its longtime support of the American Red Cross, Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, has donated $400,000 to the Red Cross's National Disaster Relief Fund to assist people affected by large-scale disasters such as Hurricane Ike.

Austin-based Temple-Inland has donated $125,000 to help the City of Orange in Texas recover from Hurricane Ike.

Air Liquide USA has announced a donation of $100,000 to be shared by the American Red Cross and United Way organizations to assist people along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts affected by this summer's hurricanes.

PGA tour star and Houston resident K.J. Choi has donated $100,000 through his K.J. Choi Foundation to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund.

Singer, dancer, and actress Beyonce Knowles has donated $100,000 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund.

The American Physiological Society has set aside $50,000 in unrestricted grant funds to help physiology graduate students and post-doctorate fellows affected by Hurricane Ike.

The Prem Rawat Foundation has announced a donation of $40,000 to Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) to provide food to people rreturning to their homes in devastated areas of coastal Texas.

The Rotary Club of Beaumont (Texas) has donated $20,000 to the Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Foundation for the purchase of gift cards to assist victims of Hurricane Ike.

And the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Hancock Bank, and the Biloxi Sun Herald have partnered to establish the Galveston Bay Hurricane Relief Fund.

-- Regina Mahone

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