Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Governor's Announces Relief Fund

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Jeb Bush today announced the creation of a 501(c)(3)
account, to be managed by the nonprofit Volunteer Florida Foundation, for
charitable donations to help the victims of Hurricane Charley.

"In the wake of this terrible storm, we are seeing a tremendous
outpouring of support from people around the state and across the nation,"
Governor Bush said. "The generosity from our federal partners, corporate
citizens and individuals will truly make a difference as we continue to
rebuild from the destruction of Charley."

So far, more than $1.1 million has been donated for relief efforts. The
family of Wayne Huizenga and the Miami Dolphins have announced they are
donating $1 million to the relief effort, $50,000 from Shell Oil Company and
$25,000 from BP. Individuals also are calling with donations.

Donations are being accepted through Volunteer Florida Foundation and
deposited into a special account specifically for this relief effort.
Information is posted and regularly updated at
. Checks should be made payable
to Hurricane Charley Relief Effort and may be mailed to Volunteer Florida
Foundation, ATTN: Hurricane Charley Relief Effort, 401 South Monroe Street,
Tallahassee, FL 32301. To make credit card donations, call 1-800-FL-HELP-1.
Other volunteer information may also be obtained by calling the toll-free

Volunteer Florida Foundation will be guided by a steering committee to
oversee fund allocations. The committee will be chaired by former U.S.
Senator Connie Mack. Vice-chairs are Clarence Otis incoming CEO of Darden
Restaurants, Inc., and Joe Lacher, President Florida, BellSouth
Telecommunications. Tallahassee attorney Steve Uhlfelder will serve as the
CEO of the relief efforts

"Times of disaster bring together the spirits and hearts of our
communities," Senator Mack said. "I'm proud to serve in this capacity to
help rebuild the neighborhoods affected by this disaster."

Volunteer Florida Foundation has set up a separate Hurricane Charley Relief
Effort account for donations. All donations designated for this purpose will
be deposited in this special account and will be used only for relief
efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Charley. A report of the use
of funds will be issued by the steering committee no later than six months
from today, and every six months thereafter until the fund is closed. An
evaluation of the use of private donations will be made by a nonpartisan
group independent of these efforts.

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