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County is generous to Red Cross Liberty Fund

April 23, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

When employees of Allegheny Energy expressed an interest in doing something to help after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, Alan Noia pointed them toward the American Red Cross.

That led to a $240,000 cash contribution from Allegheny Energy along with $100,000 in used electrical generators that were put on trucks and made available where needed in New York and elsewhere, the chairman and chief executive officer of the multi-state utility company said Monday.

In all, $630,000 was raised in Washington County, in donations from Allegheny Energy, other companies and groups, along with thousands of individual contributions. The donations were sent to the American Red Cross Liberty Fund, established to aid the survivors and families of those affected by the disasters.

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"It's amazing that much money was donated by the people of Washington County," said Julie Barr-Strasburg, executive director of the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Contributions ranged from the Allegheny Energy sum to a few dollars raised by school children holding bake sales, Barr-Strasburg said.

All the contributors were honored recently at a Liberty Fund reception at the Venice Inn. Many were encouraged to tell their stories at that event, Barr-Strasburg said.

Noia said he was proud of the companywide response of Allegheny Energy employees.

"The employees throughout the corporation raised $95,000 - a sum we pledged to match and did," Noia said. The corporate donation included an additional $50,000 and the used generators.

Contributors of more than $5,000 were given certificates of appreciation, said Robert Lawn, chairman of the Washington County Red Cross Chapter.

In addition to Allegheny Energy, those included Antietam Health Services Inc. and employees; Garden State Tanning, employees and corporate headquarters; Hoffman Automotive employees, Maugansville Bible Brethren, Washington County Hospital medical staff, and Herm Mellott.

Other donors given special thanks were Hagerstown Trust Co., Eric Rosenthal and Charles Selby III.

The Liberty Fund, which is being administered by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, is providing both short-term and long-term financial assistance in the wake of the disasters.

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