$2 Million Fund Unveiled to Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims
Today at 8:06 AM
Denver - Colorado philanthropist Tim Gill and the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado today announced a $1 million matching grant to the American Red Cross that will bring a total of $2 million in aid from Coloradoans to Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.
The grant will match individual donations from Coloradoans up to $250 – dollar for dollar – thus doubling the effect of every donation. And participating in the challenge grant is simple. Citizens can visit www.coloradohelps.org or call 1-877-213-0015. The website and phone line went live this morning.
The challenge grant will be available thru Friday, September 16, unless the $1 million match is met prior to that date.
"Our fellow Americans are hurting. They've faced an unimaginable natural disaster. We're proud to match our fellow Coloradoans' donations to help the Red Cross get direct aid to victims throughout the Gulf Coast," said Gill, the Fund's founder.
The grant was announced this morning at a State Capitol news conference featuring Gov. Bill Owens, state Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, state Sen. Norma Anderson and state Rep. Diane Hoppe.
"When Americans face disaster, Coloradoans come together," the Governor said. "This generous donation to the Red Cross will save lives and help our fellow citizens recover from this catastrophe. I urge all Coloradoans to seize this opportunity to double the effect of their donations."
"I want to thank Tim Gill for his leadership in helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina," Sen. Fitz-Gerald said. "His generosity of spirit should help to spur all Coloradoans to contribute to the Red Cross to enable our brothers and sisters on the Gulf Coast to rebuild their lives."
"Tim Gill's leadership is one-of-a-kind," said Rep. Romanoff. "I applaud the Gay and Lesbian Fund for standing up and supporting the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Now let's all stand with them."
Christine Benero, CEO of the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross said that the Fund's challenge grant is one of the largest non- corporate donations to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
"We're so grateful to the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado and to Tim Gill for this generous donation which will truly save lives," she said. "We're doubly proud that one of the largest single donations in the country is coming from our home state of Colorado."
To encourage donations, the Fund will place radio and newspaper ads throughout Colorado.
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The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado was established in 1996 by philanthropist and entrepreneur, Tim Gill, as a project of the Gill Foundation. The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado has a dual mission: to support community nonprofits that offer equal opportunity regardless of sexual orientation, and to raise public awareness of the contributions that gay men and lesbians make to Colorado.
DC Leatherfolk: Katrina benefit THIS SUNDAY 4-9pm
Please come join us at the DC Eagle THIS SUNDAY to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina Relief.
We will be gathering relief supplies and will be delivering those supplies to 400 families in need that are arriving in DC this weekend.
PLEASE BRING anything that can be considered a "care package" like:
tampons or pads
soft or cuddly toys/dolls/bears etc
And oh yeah, bring money, too!
We'll also have raffle prizes, an all you can eat BBQ, beer blast and an auction for nifty baskets and gift certificates.
THIS SUNDAY, September 4
639 New York Avenue NW