ATLANTA, Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises, in partnership with The James M. Cox Foundation, announced today a combined cash donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist the relief and recovery efforts of the communities affected by Hurricane Isaac.
"Cox has always known that it's important to be a good citizen in the communities where we operate," said Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises. "This donation will help the locations our employees and customers call home."
Hurricane Isaac impacted the Gulf Coast where the company's cable subsidiary (Cox Communications) operates in Florida and Louisiana, as well as multiple Manheim locations and a regional office for AutoTrader.com.
"I am so proud of the family of more than 1,600 Cox Louisiana employees who in a true Southern Louisiana fashion worked day and night to restore telecommunication services to our customers impacted by Hurricane Isaac," said Jacqui Vines, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Louisiana. "Within five days of the storm, we were able to restore our system and help our customers make those precious connections they enjoy so much. I am extremely grateful to our parent company for making such a meaningful gesture to help the people of Louisiana rebuild their communities and their lives."
"Being directly involved in Hurricane Isaac preparations gave me a deep appreciation for the immediate needs of employees, their families and the surrounding communities," said Kyle Ohman, Manheim market vice president for the Southeast. "I feel local residents affected by Hurricane Isaac will greatly appreciate this support."
Cox's impacted employees also have the opportunity to receive support through the Cox Employee Disaster Relief Fund (CEDRF). Created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the fund provides essential assistance to Cox employees and their families who are impacted by disasters. To date, CEDRF has provided more than $3 million to assist more than 1,500 employees affected by hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and other devastating events.
About Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of nearly $15 billion and more than 50,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Manheim, Inc. (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products); AutoTrader.com (online automotive advertising and Kelley Blue Book, vAuto, HomeNet Automotive and Vin Solutions subsidiaries); and Cox Media Group, Inc. (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers, advertising sales rep firms, Valpak and Cox Digital Solutions). Additionally, Cox operates Kudzu.com.
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