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Red Cross Recognizes Anheuser-Busch Foundation for $500,000 Gift

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With their commitment to saving lives and keeping communities safe in advance of disasters, ADGP members are incredibly valuable corporate partners of the Red Cross.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region recognizes Anheuser-Busch Foundation for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program. With a contribution of $500,000 – Anheuser-Busch Foundation is the first local organization to join the giving program.

Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) pledge donations on an ongoing basis in advance of major disasters like the tornadoes and flooding that damaged several southern states in the past weeks. These donations help ensure the Red Cross can respond to disasters of all sizes.

“ADGP members are leading corporate citizens who understand that before the first emergency shelter is opened, before the first volunteer arrives or the first meal is served – the Red Cross must have systems and resources in place to mobilize at a moment’s notice,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “With their commitment to saving lives and keeping communities safe in advance of disasters, ADGP members are incredibly valuable corporate partners of the Red Cross.”

“Anheuser-Busch has been committed to building community resilience for more than 100 years, since we began our partnership with the Red Cross, and supported the organization’s efforts to prepare all corners of our country for emergencies, big and small,” said Margarita Flores, vice president of Community Affairs for Anheuser-Busch. “We are pleased to continue our strong partnership by joining the Annual Disaster Giving Program, enabling the Red Cross to respond to disasters and provide relief to individuals, families and communities at a moment’s notice.”

Another $250,000 donation by Anheuser-Busch in 2014 will support Red Cross Blood Services work, which collects and supplies approximately 40 percent of the blood and blood products used in the U.S.

Anheuser-Busch is a longtime supporter of the Red Cross with contributions dating back to 1906 – from serving as a national founding sponsor of the Ready Rating™ program, to providing financial support when disasters strike. Since 1988, the company has also supplied emergency drinking water for the Red Cross in times of need, following disasters. In addition to being part of immediate relief efforts with the Red Cross as an ADGP member, Anheuser-Busch will continue this 25-year old program.

“Their pledge of annual support before the need is there helps ensure the Red Cross can help our neighbors down the street or across the country, during their darkest hour,” Erickson said.

“With the support of Anheuser-Busch Foundation, the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disaster in the United States,” said Gail McGovern, American Red Cross President and CEO. “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.”

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

Locally, the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region:

Celebrating 97 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 66 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.