Mayo pledges $100,000 to Red Cross


September 5, 2007, ROCHESTER, Minn. –Mayo Clinic announced on Friday, August 31, 2007, it will be making monetary donations to the agencies that have been heavily involved with the flood relief effort:


  • $100,000 to the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross;
  • $100,000 to the Northern Division of the Salvation Army;
  • $100,000 to the United Way of Olmsted County;
  • And joining with other local organizations in making a contribution of $25,000 to the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s Business Recovery Fund, which will make grants available to local businesses to assist in their recovery.


Mayo Clinic officers, Glenn Forbes, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, and Jeff Korsmo, Chief Administrative Officer, were inspired by the overwhelming need in the affected communities and moved by the response of the employees and generous spirit of their willingness to help those affected by the floods.


The Mayo Clinic also delivered stethoscopes, insulin and blood pressure cuffs along with other supplies and services for the relief effort to the Red Cross shelter in Rushford. 


Melanie Tschida, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southeast Minnesota Chapter said, “We are continually amazed by the generosity of the Mayo community.  They have been working with us side-by-side since day one of this disaster, and now they have also made a very generous financial gift to support our relief efforts.  We are proud to call them our partner and grateful for their support.”


To date, the American Red Cross has distributed 51,632 meals, 115,891 snacks, and 3,763 clean-up kits to the Minnesota and Wisconsin flood victims.


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