Anheuser-Busch Quake Aid

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Anheuser-Busch Quake Aid Stephen E. Littlejohn 1/19/94 2:49 AM

 
For further information, contact            
Paul Wagman or Barry Murov
in St. Louis at 314/982-1700
 
In Los Angeles, contact Jeanne Ouellette
at 213/629-4974
In Sacramento, contact Chris Thompson
at 916/441-7606
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
Anheuser-Busch Donates $1 Million and Launches
Four-Point Program To Assist
Los Angeles Earthquake Victims
 
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Jan. 18, 1994 -- Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. today  
announced that its charitable foundation will make an immediate cash
donation of $1 million to help victims of the Los Angeles earthquake.  
The company also announced a follow-up four-point program to aid the
community.
   
The financial donation will be made by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation  to  
the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, the private organizations
leading  the relief effort.  Each will receive $500,000, with the money
earmarked for the counties hit hardest by yesterday's earthquake.
 
In addition to the donation, the four-point Anheuser-Busch LA earthquake  
relief effort will include:
 
Production and distribution of fresh drinking water to help the tens of  
thousands of Los Angeles area residents currently without a reliable  
source of safe water.  Water will be produced by the company's brewery  
in Fairfield, CA and, as needed, by its brewery in Fort Collins, CO.
 
Donations of fresh bread and other food products produced by the  
company's Rainbo and Earth Grains bakeries in Sacramento, Oakland,  
Stockton and Fresno.  These bakeries are operated by the company's  
Campbell Taggart subsidiary.
 
Donations of clothing from the company's Promotional Products Group.
 
An expanded Operation Brightside clean-up program, administered  
ta-5115scale repair and  
improvement projects in Los Angeles area neighborhoods damaged by the  
earthquake.  The company has supported this community improvement  
program in Los Angeles for many years, employing community young  
people to clean-up public areas in their neighborhoods and surrounding  
areas.
 
The company will work closely with public officials and relief agencies
in the next several days to target this aid to people, organizations and
areas most in need.
 
"The thoughts and concern of the 45,000 Anheuser-Busch employees go out  
to the families and individuals who suffered losses in Monday's earthquake,"
said August A. Busch III, chairman and president.  "Anheuser-Busch has major  
production and distribution facilities in California and thousands of
employees who were affected by the earthquake.  We want to do all we can to
help our friends and neighbors at a time of great stress."
 
Anheuser-Busch has a long history of assisting victims of natural disasters  
dating back at least to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  At that time,
company president Adolphus Busch was in San Francisco and  arranged for the
company to send $100,000 to help with relief efforts.  
 
In 1989, Anheuser-Busch and its charitable founVQ%=9provided major  
funding and in-kind donations of water, food, clothing and clean-up programs
to assist in the recovery from the San Francisco earthquake.  
 
Last summer, the Anheuser-Busch Foundation donated $500,000 to the  
American Red Cross and Salvation Army for midwestern flood relief and produced
about 12 million cans of fresh drinking water for flood victims and relief
workers.
 
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. is a diversified company whose  
subsidiaries include Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the world's largest brewer;
Campbell Taggart, Inc., the nation's second largest producer of fresh baked
goods; Eagle Snacks, Inc.; and Busch Entertainment Corporation, which operates
10 family-oriented theme parks.  The company's California operations include
two breweries, in Van Nuys and Fairfield; an Eagle Snacks plant, in Visalia;
Sea Sea World of California, in San Diego; and the four bakeries.  The company

employs nearly 8,000 people in California.
 
The company's brewery in Van Nuys sustained some damage in the earthquake,
but no injuries to employees or others at that site.  The extent of the  
damage is still being assessed, and it is not yet known when the brewery will
resume normal operations.
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