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McCormick Tribune Foundation Helps Rebuild Gulf Coast Communities with Third Round of Grants

Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign awards more than $3 million to 23 agencies

Kristin Gallagher

CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 2006

The McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign has announced its third round of approved grants to 23 agencies that are focused on strengthening and supporting communities impacted by the widespread devastation. More than $3.7 million will be distributed to the following agencies to provide housing, home rebuilding, education services, counseling, food and transportation assistance, and health care services to children and families impacted by Katrina:

Acadiana Outreach Center, Inc. $100,000 Mennonite Disaster Service $500,000
AmeriCares Foundation, Inc. $100,000 Mississippi Counseling Association $400,000
Arkansas Rice Depot $100,000 NEA Foundation for the Improvement $300,000
Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, Inc. $35,000 Prevent Child Abuse Council, Inc. $75,000
Bay Area Food Bank $30,000 Primary Health Services Center $100,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, Inc. $125,000 Primary Health Services Center $100,000
Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Little Rock $75,000 San Antonio Food Bank, Inc. $30,000
Children's Hospital, Inc. $250,000 Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans $100,000
CinCHouse.com $250,000 The Shepard Center of Central Louisiana $85,000
Cooperative Feeding Program, Inc. $25,000 Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Council of the United States $300,000
Foundation Communities $100,000 Visions of Hope, Inc. $75,000
Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Inc. $100,000 Jackson County Civic Action Committee $500,000

"The McCormick Tribune Foundation continues to balance the needs of families who have become permanent residents in new locations, with those who have chosen to return to their Gulf Coast homes," said David L. Grange, president and chief executive officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. "It is the foundation’s hope that these grants will help stressed agencies provide recovery services to these families and get their lives back to some normalcy."

The McCormick Tribune Foundation and many of its communities program partners—newspapers, broadcasters and sports teams—established the McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign to raise money for victims of the hurricane, which swept through the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29.

The McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign, which stopped accepting donations on December 31, 2005, raised nearly $9.3 million from more than 46,000 donors, and the foundation has added $1 million in matching funds to this amount. Thus far, more than $7.6 million has been distributed to nonprofit agencies providing services to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Remaining dollars raised will be distributed in spring 2006.


46 Relief Campaign Partner Participants

Advocate/Greenwich Times JDW Insurance Orlando Sentinel
Baltimore Sun KCPQ-TV Seattle Sun Sentinel
Chicago Bears KDBC-TV El Paso WATL-TV Atlanta
Chicago Blackhawks KDAF-TV Houston WBDC-TV Washington, D.C.
Chicago Cubs KPLR-TV St. Louis WBZL-TV Miami
Chicago Tribune KSWB San Diego WEWB-TV Albany
Cleveland Cavaliers KTLA-TV Los Angeles WGN-TV Chicago
CLTV-Chicago KTXL Sacramento WGN Radio 720
Colorado Avalanche KWGN-TV Denver WLVI-TV Boston
Colorado Rockies LA Times WPHL-TV Philadelphia
Daily Press Newport News, VA Lowell Sun WPIX-TV New York
Denver Broncos The Morning Call WPMT-TV Central Pennsylvania
Denver Newspaper Agency Newsday WTIC-TV Hartford
Denver Nuggets North County Times WXIN-TV Indianapolis
Hartford Courant Orlando Magic WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

About the McCormick Tribune Foundation’s Communities Program

The only program of its kind in the country, the McCormick Tribune Foundation’s communities program is designed to encourage and improve the social and economic conditions of 32 communities nationwide by leveraging the knowledge and local presence of newspapers, television and radio stations, and sports organizations around the U.S. To date the communities program has awarded $617 million in grants to local and national organizations.

About the McCormick Tribune Foundation

The McCormick Tribune Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charitable organizations, with combined assets of approximately $1.4 billion. In 2004, the foundation approved the distribution of more than $109 million to invest in children, communities and our country in an effort to strengthen our democratic society through innovative partnerships. The foundation was established as a charitable trust upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is an independent non-profit, separate from Tribune Co., with substantial holdings in Tribune Co. For more information, visit http://www.mccormicktribune.org