Today's Date: July 24, 2021
The Fibroid Foundation Supports the Introduction of Fibroid Research Legislation by Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Senator Cor   •   Miami Beach Pride Unveils Queer Entertainment Line-Up and COVID19 Prevention Protocols   •   TIME'S UP CEO Tina Tchen Joins TriNet PeopleForce Roster of Distinguished Speakers   •   The Aloha Spirit Enlivens Residents at Watercrest Winter Park Assisted Living and Memory Care   •   Victoria Estella Perry Named Brand President of Petal + Pup   •   Casper Sleep Inc. to Report Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Host Conference Call and Webcast on August 10   •   Analytics Insight Announces ‘The 10 Most Powerful Women in Technology’ in July 2021   •   Government of Canada announces new shelters for Indigenous Peoples facing gender-based violence   •   Extreme Tech Challenge Announces a New Regional Competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)   •   HAUS OF JR x SPACE JAM 2 official collection available now   •   iFIT Acquires 29029, the Premium Ultra-Endurance Event and Community That Brings the Experience of Climbing Mount Everest to its   •   Senate Committee Passes Critical Assistance for Military Families Experiencing Hunger   •   Hims & Hers Health, Inc. to Announce Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Host Conference Call   •   Petlibro to Launch Its "Granary" 2nd Generation Automatic Pet Feeder   •   Coalition Of Employer, Financial And Disability Groups Endorses New Legislation To Promote Able Accounts In The Workplace   •   Lifestyle Expert, Meredith Staggers, Shares Practical Tips Ahead of National Parents Day   •   Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. Announces Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Third Quarter Financial Results on July 29, 2021   •   NortonLifeLock to Deliver Security Enhanced, Always-Connected PCs with Lenovo   •   YouTube Backtracks on Censorship of FRC Interview on Whether Schools Should Vaccinate Children Without Parental Knowledge or Con   •   Statement of The Usher Syndrome Coalition, In Support of Becca Meyers
Bookmark and Share

Verizon Exec. Joins Clinton/Bush Haiti Fund

 NEW YORK –  Increasing Verizon's support for Haitian reconstruction, the company has announced that Patrick Gaston, president of the Verizon Foundation, will join the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund as executive in residence, effective Jan. 17, for one year.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded after Haiti's Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, when President Barack Obama asked former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead a major fundraising effort to assist the Haitian people to "build back better."

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund initially responded to the catastrophe with millions in humanitarian relief.  By the time the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund began independent operations in May 2010, it had transitioned to primarily serving its longer-term mission of sustainable reconstruction efforts designed to promote job growth and economic opportunity, empowering Haiti to chart its own successful future.

Verizon was among the first corporations to respond to the crisis in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in January 2010.  The company and its employees initially donated more than $1.2 million in direct relief.   In November 2010, the company donated an additional $100,000 in response to the cholera outbreak. The combined contributions of Verizon employees and the Verizon Foundation have topped more than $1.3 million.

Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg said, "We are proud to partner with the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. By providing a talented leader such as Patrick to serve as executive in residence, we are showing Verizon's continued commitment to efforts that can help ensure Haiti is restored and rebuilt on a strong and sustainable economic foundation."

Seidenberg continued, "Patrick has been a forward-looking and innovative leader for Verizon and its foundation, and we applaud his willingness to contribute his extraordinary abilities for the next year to Haiti and its people."

Gary Edson, CEO of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, said: "Patrick brings energy, commitment and passion, as well as critical strategic alliances and considerable experience. We are grateful for this invaluable resource and for the vision we share with Verizon -- a vision of a new Haiti with Haitians producing and exporting to thrive rather than depending on aid to survive. This is a great example of informed corporate citizenship that will help Haiti as it creates its own story not just of help, but of hope."

Gaston will serve as a senior advisor to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, with responsibility for leading a broad outreach program to increase awareness and support from major donors, corporations and foundations. He will serve as a key spokesperson for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and will help develop strategy and opportunities, as well as build a network of relationships among key stakeholders, including members of the Haitian Diaspora.

Gaston said: "The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has a unique mission of economic empowerment that aims to rebuild both the lives and livelihoods of Haiti's citizens and leave a legacy for generations to come. As a Haitian-American and as a representative of Verizon's unique corporate ethic and responsibility, I am eager to contribute to this important mission, and I am honored to be given this opportunity to serve."

Gaston joined a Verizon predecessor company, New England Telephone, in 1984, and held various leadership positions in operations, marketing and human resources. He was appointed executive director of strategic alliances in 1995, and served in that role until his appointment as president of the Verizon Foundation in December 2003. During his tenure as president of one of the 15 largest corporate foundations in the U.S., he has directed $525 million in Verizon's philanthropic investments to drive positive social change in communities nationally and internationally.

Gaston was the architect of Verizon's $40 million philanthropic initiative for K-12 education, Verizon Thinkfinity. He also has been responsible for expanding a focus on domestic violence prevention throughout the corporation. He has been named one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in corporate America (Savoy Professional Magazine, 2008) and was named CR Magazine's Corporate Foundation CEO of the Year in 2010.

Gaston's replacement at the Verizon Foundation will be announced later.


STORY TAGS: BLACK NEWS, AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, AFRO AMERICAN NEWS

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News