Jessie Ball duPont Fund Grants Relief Funds for Haiti Earthquake Victims

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, January 20, 2010 – Trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded $300,000 in emergency relief funds to support aid to the victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this month.

The trustees awarded:

$150,000 to the Archdiocese of Miami, which will work through Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services to provide food, temporary shelter, medicine, water equipment and other supplies to the people of Haiti.

$100,000 to the University of Miami to support a range of activities in Haiti. The University’s Miller School of Medicine operates Project Medishare, which works to achieve quality health care in Haiti and runs a community health project in Haiti’s Central Plateau, as well as a family medicine training program for Haitian physicians in the city of Cap-Haitien. In addition, the University is working through its Haitian Student Organization and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership to coordinate additional relief efforts.

$50,000 to the American Red Cross, through the America Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula, to support its relief efforts.

“It is our privilege to be able to assist these organizations and the individuals with whom they work in bringing relief, supplies and hope for the future to the people of Haiti,” said Sherry Magill, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund makes grants to more than 330 eligible organizations identified by Mrs. duPont in her will. The Fund has assets of more than $233 million and has awarded $280 million in grants since 1977.

Sherry Magill, president
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Mary Kress Littlepage, KBT & Associates
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