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Ball Foundation Recognized for Contribution

Young man stands in the wreckage of a house destroyed by a tornado

Ball Foundation Recognized for Contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program

DENVER, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 — The American Red Cross today recognized The Ball Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ball Corporation, headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Disaster Responder Program.

The Ball Foundation recently renewed its commitment to being a Disaster Responder member of the American Red Cross for two more years, 2016 and 2017. They have been a Disaster Responder member since 2014. Since 2013, Ball and its employees have contributed more than $1 million to the Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering.  

Members of the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program pledge donations on an ongoing basis, in advance of major disasters, to help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income.

“Thanks to the support of Ball and other companies and foundations, the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disasters in the United States,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming. “Members of this program generously help create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance to disaster victims.”

The Ball Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ball Corporation, is a proud supporter of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program. “At Ball, we believe that being a good neighbor requires a commitment to help when communities are in need,” said Kathleen Pitre, Executive Director of The Ball Foundation. “We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross and honored to invest in disaster relief in advance of major disasters to help ensure that victims receive help as soon as possible. Together we are better prepared to meet the needs of our community.”

Disaster relief is a focus area for Ball’s corporate citizenship activities, as their products often play an important part in disaster relief, assessment and recovery. From cans that preserve food and drink to satellites that predict severe weather and provide damage assessments, Ball plays an important role in helping to rebuild communities. 

“The generous donations from Disaster Responder members help the Red Cross assist disaster survivors and support volunteers who work tirelessly at the disaster scene,” said Don Herring, Red Cross chief development officer. “All money donated by the program members and by the general public is essential to our ability to fulfill the mission of the Red Cross.” 

Other members of the Disaster Responder Program include major leading companies such as Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa Fastening Systems; AstraZeneca; AXA Foundation; Delta Air Lines; Farmers Insurance; Ford Motor Company; General Motors Foundation; H&M; H&R Block; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Morgan Stanley; New Balance Foundation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Procter & Gamble Company; PuroClean; Residence Inn by Marriott; Ryder Charitable Foundation; Starbucks Coffee Company and Starbucks Foundation; Sunoco; UBS Americas; US Bank; Wawa; and Western Union Foundation.

People can join the Disaster Responder Program members in supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.