American Red Cross Receives $50,000 Donation from ConocoPhillips

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From left:  Chief Joseph Rizzo, Linden Fire Department; Jacqueline Cleary-Urbano, Vice-Chair, Raritan Valley Chapter, Red Cross Board of Directors; Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka; Chief Sal Bivona, Linden Police Department; Mary Phillips, ConocoPhillips Community Relations Coordinator; Captain Gene Braun, Linden Police Department; Suzanne Lutz, Executive Director, Raritan Valley Chapter, American Red Cross of Central New Jersey; Craig Nowlin, Secretary/Treasurer, Raritan Valley Chapter, Red Cross Board of Directors; Vince Wilt, member of Raritan Valley Chapter, Red Cross Board of Directors; Brian Coffman, Bayway Refinery Manager; Sergeant Abdul Williams, Linden Police Department; Michael Karlovich, Bayway Strategic Communication Manager. (Photo courtesy of the Raritan Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross)

From left: Chief Joseph Rizzo, Linden Fire Department; Jacqueline Cleary-Urbano, Vice-Chair, Raritan Valley Chapter, Red Cross Board of Directors; Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka; Chief Sal Bivona, Linden Police Department; Mary Phillips, ConocoPhillips Community Relations Coordinator; Captain Gene Braun, Linden Police Department; Suzanne Lutz, Executive Director, Raritan Valley Chapter, American Red Cross of Central New Jersey; Craig Nowlin, Secretary/Treasurer, Raritan Valley Chapter, Red Cross Board of Directors; Vince Wilt, member of Raritan Valley Chapter, Red Cross Board of Directors; Brian Coffman, Bayway Refinery Manager; Sergeant Abdul Williams, Linden Police Department; Michael Karlovich, Bayway Strategic Communication Manager. (Photo courtesy of the Raritan Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross)

WESTFIELD – ConocoPhillips Bayway Refinery has donated $50,000 to the local chapter of the American Red Cross to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts associated with Hurricane Irene in New Jersey.

“No one is immune from disasters, and we are thankful ConocoPhillips recognizes the need to support the efforts of the Red Cross to provide shelter, food and relief supplies to community members directly impacted by Hurricane Irene,” said Suzanne Lutz, executive director of the Raritan Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. “This generous contribution by ConocoPhillips will enable the Red Cross to provide help and hope to the victims of disasters.”

Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee resulted in Red Cross relief operations in more than a dozen states in 2011. In New Jersey alone, 740 Red Cross disaster workers helped provide more than 19,000 overnight stays in shelters and distributed more than 300,000 meals and snacks. In addition, more than 18,000 cleanup kits were distributed throughout affected neighborhoods along with other relief items, and 4,500 comfort kits were provided in shelters.

To learn more about the Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org.


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