CHICAGO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Winston & Strawn Foundation announced today it is responding to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti this week by donating $50,000 to Partners in Health, one of the largest public health organizations operating in the island nation that is already rushing medical assistance to Port au Prince and elsewhere. In addition, the foundation will match up to $25,000 in contributions from the firm's attorneys and staff to relief efforts through Partners in Health, for a total contribution of up to $100,000.
The devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake and many aftershocks flattened homes, businesses and offices in and around the capital city. Since the first reports came to the firm from the Partners in Health office there, it has been monitoring developments as humanitarian efforts were launched on a global scale to assess the greatest needs and to effectively respond to them as quickly as possible.
"We've known there was an overwhelming call on the ground for basic necessities such as food, water, sanitation, shelter, medicine and medical care among the people of Haiti who have been injured as well as those who have been made homeless," observed Thomas Fitzgerald, Winston & Strawn's managing partner. "The question has been how to get help to those victims in as short a time as possible."
That's why, Fitzgerald added, the firm's contributions will be directed to Partners in Health, which already has staff on the ground in Haiti and is in the best position to make a quick as well as an effective impact.
For nearly two decades, the firm has provided generous financial support to numerous civic and charitable organizations, including those dedicated to health and social welfare, through the Winston & Strawn Foundation. Fitzgerald concluded: "Winston & Strawn is deeply distressed by the terrible earthquake that struck Haiti and the immeasurable human suffering it is causing. We sincerely hope that our foundation's contribution to this latest international relief effort will provide some measure of relief to the victims."
Winston & Strawn LLP is an international commercial law firm with 14 offices in America, Asia and Europe. More information about the firm is available at www.winston.com.
SOURCE The Winston & Strawn Foundation