UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunter Douglas Inc., the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window coverings in North America, announced that it has donated a total of $800,000 to two charities, AmeriCares Foundation, Inc., and America's Second Harvest, in response to the urgent special needs of those people most directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. Each charity received $400,000. Hunter Douglas has matched all contributions from its employees and independent fabricator partners and Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Gallery(R) retail dealers. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051025/CLTU546 ) AmeriCares and America's Second Harvest are two of the most highly rated U.S.-based charitable organizations, and they have committed to absorbing 100 percent of their own administrative costs associated with the donations for the Hurricane Katrina disaster. This means that a full 100 percent of the money Hunter Douglas contributed will be used for the direct benefit of those in need. AmeriCares has a 23-year history of providing emergency medical relief to natural and man-made disasters. America's Second Harvest is the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States. Hunter Douglas President and CEO Marv Hopkins presented the check today at the company's Upper Saddle River, N.J., headquarters to Curt Welling, President and COO of AmeriCares and Dina Vaz, Individual Philanthropy Officer of America's Second Harvest. "Hurricane Katrina has caused unprecedented destruction of homes, businesses and infrastructure in addition to taking more than 1,000 lives. It is the worst and most costly natural disaster in our nation's history," said Hopkins. "On behalf of all Hunter Douglas employees throughout North America, our independent fabricator partners and our retail customers, I'm honored to present these donations to AmeriCares and America's Second Harvest. And, I am most appreciative of each and every person who contributed to this crucial effort. Our results speak to the extraordinary compassion and generosity of our employees and customers, as we received contributions from more than 2,300 individuals." Hunter Douglas Inc. has more than 7,000 employees in 30 facilities in the United States and Canada. There are 16 independently owned fabrication companies that also employ 3,000 people in locations around the country. Hunter Douglas Inc. is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada. Headquartered in Upper Saddle River N.J., the Company's products include Silhouette(R) window shadings, Nantucket(TM) window shadings, Vignette(R) window shadings, Duette(R) and Applause(R) honeycomb shades, Luminette(R) Privacy Sheers, Alouette(R) LightLouvers, The Alustra(TM) Collection of exclusive window fashions, Trio(R) Convertible Shades, Country Woods(R) Expose(TM) and Country Woods(R) Collection(TM) wood blinds, Heritance(R) hardwood shutters, Modern Precious Metals(TM) aluminum blinds, The EverWood(R) Collection of alternative wood blinds, Palm Beach(TM) Custom Shutters, Somner(TM) and Cadence(R) vertical blinds, Crosswinds(TM) wood vertical blinds, Brilliance(R) pleated shades, Provenance(R) woven wood shades, Remembrance(R) window shades, Jubilance(R) Roman shades and Designer Screen Shades. For more information about any of these products, call 1-800-274-2985 or visit www.hunterdouglas.com.
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