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D.A. Davidson, employees donate $43,000 for hurricane relief

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GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, Oct. 5, 2017 — D.A. Davidson Companies and its associates have given the American Red Cross $43,261 to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Employees enterprise-wide raised $23,261, and D.A. Davidson Companies contributed another $20,000.

“Our thoughts continue to be with the many people whose lives were so severely disrupted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Larry Martinez, president of D.A. Davidson Companies. “We are proud of our employees’ generosity and willingness to step up to help those in need, and hope their efforts have furthered the Red Cross’ hurricane recovery efforts.”

Five weeks after Hurricane Harvey caused the largest flooding event in United States history, the American Red Cross continues to provide shelter, food, relief supplies and other services to those in the path of this devastating disaster. The Red Cross has provided $142 million in financial assistance to more than 356,000 households, served 3.2 million meals and snacks with the help of its partners and distributed 1 million relief items such as coolers and comfort kits. 

The storm dumped 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana over a six-day span, and FEMA has warned cleanup and recovery will take years.

The Montana Red Cross has deployed several volunteers to Texas since late August to help with the relief efforts, including five from Great Falls.

“Red Cross is grateful for the generosity of D.A. Davidson Companies and their employees,” said Diane Wright, Montana Red Cross executive director. “It wasn’t long after the Great Falls employees raised money for Montana wildfire disaster relief when the associates from across the nation announced they wanted to give again to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. This spirit of giving is a reflection of D.A. Davidson Companies’ core values and commitment to helping communities here in Montana and across the country.”

Earlier this summer, D.A. Davidson Companies and its Great Falls associates gave the American Red Cross of Montana nearly $5,000 to help with relief efforts following the Lodgepole Complex fire in southeastern Montana. Employees took part in two jeans day fundraisers and made personal donations to the relief effort. The company then matched those donations.