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Intel CEO Otellini: Katrina Leaves "A Hole In the Human Spirit"

Intel Foundation Will Make a $1 Million Donation to the American Red Cross, He Confirms

"Thousands dead, families torn apart – a hole in the human spirit is created by a terrible natural event," said Intel's president & CEO Paul Otellini (pictured) yesterday as Intel announced that the Intel Foundation, its philanthropic arm, will make a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.

In a communication to Intel employees, Otellini commented on the emotions unleashed by the tragedy: "The thought that major cities will not be inhabitable for weeks or even months is something Americans have never had to face before."

In addition to the $1 million donation to the American Red Cross, the Foundation will also match dollar-for-dollar employee contributions in support of the relief effort during September, Otellini said.

American Red Cross President Marsha J. Evans responded to the announcement of Intel's support for relief efforts, saying "The Intel Foundation and Intel's employees have once again stepped forward with critical support in a time of great need. The Red Cross is grateful to have Intel as an ally as we face the challenge of responding to this unprecedented disaster."

Intel's support is not only limited to financial donations. The company is working with other companies and organizations to determine the communications infrastructure and hardware needs required for the relief efforts.

Cisco has also announced it will be donating $3 million to help with the Katrina aftermath.

 

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