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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Grant helps aid the United Way Disaster Relief Fund

  • The board of directors of Avedis Foundation has announced a grant to benefit the United Way Disaster Relief Fund in order to help those affected in Pottawatomie County by the May 19 tornado.
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  • “The Avedis Foundation would like to express its deep sorrow for the victims of the recent tornadoes,” said Michelle Briggs, CEO and president of Avedis Foundation.
     
    The board of directors of Avedis Foundation has announced a grant to benefit the United Way Disaster Relief Fund in order to help those affected in Pottawatomie County by the May 19 tornado. After making an initial grant of a minimum of $25,000, Avedis Foundation announced that it will match donations up to $100,000 to support the relief efforts of various nonprofit organizations through the United Way of Pottawatomie County Disaster Relief Fund.
     
    Briggs said that all donations will be exclusively earmarked for disaster relief following the May 19 tornado through United Way’s partner agencies that provide disaster relief services.
     
    “We encourage other individuals and businesses to help fellow Oklahomans by contributing to the United Way of Pottawatomie County Disaster Relief Fund,” Briggs said.
     
    The Avedis Foundation Board of Directors felt United Way were the experts at distributing funds, said Briggs. She said she knew that all of the funds would go directly to the victims and would keep helping them as they rebuild their lives.
     
    “We are confident in their abilities in distributing funds for short and long term,” Briggs said.
     
    Audrey Seeliger, Executive Director of United Way of Pottawatomie County, said they will distribute the funds to agencies who handle short-term and long-term disaster relief. She said the funds will be really wonderful for the community and will help rebuild Pottawatomie County.
     
    “We are just overwhelmed by the generosity of Avedis Foundation,” Seeliger said.
     
    She said she encourages anyone who is able to donate whatever they can and the funds will be essential to helping partner agencies provide assistance that is “so desperately needed” in Pottawatomie County.
     
    “Avedis Foundation is honored to be able to assist in this disaster relief effort,” Briggs said.
     
    Avedis Foundation is a private foundation established in June 2012. It is one of Oklahoma’s larger foundations that was established to invest in the county through grants that support projects and benefit nonprofit organizations within the foundation’s granting area.
     
    According to the website, ‘Avedis’ means ‘one who brings glad tidings’ or ‘the bearer of good news.’ The Avedis Foundation’s mission is to improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the people of Pottawatomie County and its surrounding communities.
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    Briggs said assisting in the disaster relief effort reminds them of the foundation’s mission statement, which is ‘We’re here for good.’
     
    Monetary donations to be matched by Avedis Foundation may be sent to Finley & Cook, 1421 E. 45th Street in Shawnee. Checks should be made payable to United Way of Pottawatomie County Disaster Relief Fund.
     
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