William A. Cooke Foundation’s Earthquake Recovery Fund Challenge Grant


COUNTY OF LOUISA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Willie L. Gentry, Jr., Chairman
Robert Dubé, County Administrator

WILLIAM A. COOKE FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Wallace L. Tingler, Chairman
Dean P. Agee
C. Champion Bowles, Jr.
Rebecca B, Cavanaugh
Gloria Layne
Linda J. Parker
Dr. Deborah D. Pettit
Randall L. Tingler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 7, 2011


LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Louisa County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the William A. Cooke Foundation’s County Earthquake Recovery Fund Challenge Grant. The Foundation has pledged to match the first $100,000 in individual donations to the Louisa Earthquake Recovery Fund to assist with the earthquake recovery effort.


"The largest Virginia earthquake in historic times struck the heart of Louisa County, impacting our friends and neighbors," said Chairman of the William A. Cooke Foundation Board of Directors, Wallace "Chuck" Tingler. "The mission of the Foundation is to provide support for the people of Louisa County. We were moved by the amount of destruction caused by the earthquake and felt this was the right thing to do."


The purpose of the Louisa Earthquake Recovery Fund is to help Louisa County homeowners repair or rebuild uninsured/underinsured owner occupied dwellings.


Louisa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Willie Gentry said, "The amount of damage to our community is unprecedented, affecting all citizens of Louisa County. We are please to be partnered with the Cooke Foundation and the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation in establishing this program."


Howard Evergreen, Executive Director for the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation said, "We are very grateful to the Cooke Foundation for its generous challenge grant and the Board of Supervisors for its continued support and partnership."


To donate, send checks made payable to the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation - Earthquake Recovery Fund, PO Box 160, Louisa, VA 23093.


"The application process for Louisa County homeowners is not yet open. The fundraising effort needs to make substantial progress before any funds can be distributed," said Evergreen.