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May 24, 2013

UPDATE: Businesses donate to relief efforts

EDMOND — In response to the tornado that hit Moore, many Oklahoma companies are donating to support relief efforts. Companies have given money and supplies in the aftermath of the tornado. Many local and national companies have a history in helping with relief efforts such as Bass Pro Shop and BP. The companies are helping various organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to support the survivors of the May 19 and May 20 tornadoes in their time of need.

• Devon Energy and Continental Resources Inc. each pledged donations of $2.5 million.

• Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge announced the creation of the Plaza Tower Memorial Fund Wednesday night with a $100,000 donation to kick-start the funding goal of putting storm shelters in every Oklahoma school. Its sister dealership Edmond Hyundai on Friday donated $10,000 to the fund. Donations can be made at www.plazatowermemorialfund.com which is being administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity founded in 1969. All contributions to the Plaza Towers Memorial Fund receive the maximum tax benefits for charitable gifts. Additionally, gifts can be made by sending a check to Plaza Towers Memorial Fund c/o Oklahoma City Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1146, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1146. For those with donation questions, contact Rhonda Godwin at r.godwin@occf.org or 405-606-2916.

BP America Inc. will donate $300,000 and the BP Foundation will donate an additional $200,000. The $500,000 will assist local Red Cross efforts to provide emergency meals, shelter, clothing, water and medical care in the affected areas. The $500,000 donation is in addition to donations made by the BP Foundation Employee Matching Program. BP employees in eastern Oklahoma delivered a trailer of non-perishable relief items to a collection center near Moore for use by the Red Cross.

Home Depot Foundation pledged $1 million in aid with $250,000 going to the American Red Cross and $100,000 going to Team Rubicon, which is an organization that pairs military veterans with first responders and is concerned with climate change.

The American Legion pledged $1 million to veterans affected by the tornadoes.

Others giving $1 million apiece include Koch Brothers, George Kaiser, Crossings Community Church, Apache Energy, ONEOK, Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips and a private donor. OG&E and Exxon Mobile each gave $500,000 while Ford Motor Co. & Dealers gave $400,000. Chase Bank gave $350,000 plus a match up to $150,000. Verizon Wireless gave $100,000 and World Vision gave $75,000. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma gave $25,000 plus free tetanus shots.

Bass Pro Shops is shipping cases of water, batteries, headlamps, jerky and meals ready to eat to Moore. The shipments arrived at the Convoy of Hope point of distribution at 8900 S. Shields Blvd. in Oklahoma City on Friday.

Noble Energy Inc. donated $500,000 to support disaster-relief and recovery efforts for the communities affected by the tornadoes. The contribution includes a $500,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross Oklahoma Relief Fund and a commitment to match employee donations up to $1,000 per employee.

Inasmuch Foundation announced a grant of $100,000 to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to support their disaster relief efforts.

New York Life donated $100,000 to the relief efforts in Oklahoma with a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross and a $50,000 donation to one or more local nonprofit organizations to be determined in the months ahead.

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant through his family foundation pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma. The Durant Family Foundation pledged the matching gift to inspire and challenge others to immediately do the same. Thunder player Russell Westbrook also pledged $1 million as did the OKC Thunder/Thunder Cares foundation and the NBA, each giving $1 million.

A 501(c)3 established by four Oklahoma House of Representatives members to build storm shelters in Oklahoma schools will benefit from a donation announced Friday by the Super Cuts corporation. Super Cuts has raised money this past week through the donation of 100 percent of its shampoo sales. Its stores in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Arizona are collecting donations and more than 100 Super Cuts locations in those three states will have a June 1 fundraiser plus the company will match all monetary donations up to $10,000. If any local businesses would like to help with the fundraiser email Audrey Jauch at audrey@mysupercuts.com or call her at 520-256-9755.

AARP Oklahoma and AARP Foundation announced it has established the AARP Foundation Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund: www.aarp.org/disasterrelief to support victims affected by the recent devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. AARP and AARP Foundation will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000, assuring up to $500,000 in aid once the match is met through contributions. The matching program will be administered through AARP Foundation. The foundation will give funds to organizations providing relief and recovery support to disaster victims. To donate to the AARP Foundation Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund, go to www.aarp.org/disasterrelief. Or mail donations to AARP Foundation Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund, P.O. Box 93157, Long Beach, CA 90809-3157.

The Oklahoma State Society announced fundraising efforts that resulted in $11,300 to benefit Oklahoma tornado victims through the American Red Cross. These funds were raised at a fundraiser Thursday evening hosted by the Oklahoma State Society, University of Oklahoma Capital Area Alumni Club, University of Tulsa DC Alumni Club and Oklahoma State University Alumni Association of D.C. Union Pub provided the location for the fundraiser on Capitol Hill and also contributed 15 percent of all their sales to the American Red Cross for recovery efforts. All attendees were suggested to give at least $20 with 100 percent of those donations going directly to relief. The Oklahoma State Society is an organization that promotes the interests of Oklahoma, provides a social network for Oklahomans living in or around Washington, D.C., and fosters Oklahoma pride.

Gordmans Inc., a Nebraska-based apparel and home décor retailer, has launched a campaign to lend a helping hand through cash donations to the American Red Cross Tornado Relief Efforts in Oklahoma City. Gordmans’ guests in all of the company’s 86 stores across the country are invited to purchase “Helping Hands” for $1 each or more through June 1. Every dollar raised will directly benefit the American Red Cross Tornado Relief Efforts. In addition, Gordmans has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts. The funds will help provide much-needed food, clothing and shelter to families affected by the disaster. Gordmans has three stores in the Oklahoma City area, including a location in Moore. None of Gordmans’ Oklahoma City stores was damaged by the storms. The Moore Gordmans store has partnered with the National Guard to help meet the needs of the community.

AT&T is making a $100,000 contribution to the American Red Cross to assist its relief and recovery efforts. The company is waiving all text, phone and data overgcharges through June 30 for customers in affected areas. AT&T also has provided charging stations in affected areas as well as Cells on Wheels (COWs) and Satellite Cells on Light Trucks (COLTs),

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