Coca-Cola donates $50K to Rancho

DOWNEY - As part of Coca-Cola's 125th anniversary celebration, the philanthropic arm of the company, the Coca-Cola foundation, has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation to help fund the wheelchair sports program, which provides Rancho's inpatients and outpatients an opportunity to participate in "success-oriented" sports activities.The grant is part of more than $6 million awarded by the Foundation in the first quarter of 2011 to organizations across the country that are making a difference in the areas of active, healthy living; water stewardship; community recycling; education and youth development; and community, arts and culture. The Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $600,000 to assistant with emergency relief efforts in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee following recent tornado and flood devastation. Coca-Cola also delivered more than 28 truckloads of water, juice, sports drinks and sparkling beverages to residents and relief organizations. "Coca-Cola has been a proud part of the fabric of our communities throughout the United States for 125 years," said Lori George Billingsley, vice president of community relations for Coca-Cola Refreshments. "Throughout our history, we have worked to bring a little happiness into the everyday lives of Americans and to support charities, colleges, universities and community organizations across the country."

********** Published: June 16, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 9