The American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter was recently awarded the Pacific Life Foundation's 2014 Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award which and an unrestricted grant of $50,000.
"The American Red Cross is proud to be the 2014 recipient of the Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award. We are deeply honored to be recognized by the Pacific Life Foundation for our service to the community and our shared commitment toward the betterment of society," said Maxine Margaritis, CEO, California Desert to the Sea Region, American Red Cross.
The Pacific Life Foundation has consistently funded the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross since 1985 with funding totaling nearly $500,000. This includes a grant of $175,000 in 2008 to enhance the chapter's catastrophic disaster relief response capacity with the purchase of six fixed pod shelters (supporting 300 people per shelter) and two mobile support trailers (supporting 100 people per trailer). In addition, Pacific Life has held semiannual blood drives at its headquarter offices in Newport Beach for decades.
For the past twenty years, the Pacific Life Foundation has supported the national American Red Cross with nearly $1,700,000 in funding for their disaster relief services, which included providing support for the victims of Hurricane Andrew, 9/11, the Southern California Wildfires, Hurricane Katrina, the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami, and Superstorm Sandy. The Foundation also matches the contributions made by employees of Pacific Life and its subsidiaries to the American Red Cross and other disaster relief nonprofit agencies. In 2013, the Foundation provided a total of $175,000 to the national American Red Cross for their disaster relief services for the Colorado Flooding, Oklahoma Tornados, and Typhoon Haiyan.