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IRVING, Texas -- ExxonMobil Corp. donated $10 million to anti-malaria efforts through the "Idol Gives Back" episode of the FOX show "American Idol," which aired yesterday, the company stated.
"We have a proud history of supporting the battle against malaria," Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. "We are pleased to support Idol Gives Back, which raises money to fight malaria and also helps to increase public awareness of this major health issue."
The $10-million donation will be directed to the non-profit Malaria No More, which maintains a mission to end deaths due to malaria through increasing knowledge among the public, policymakers and businesses, and providing bed nets and other methods to prevent the disease, the company stated.
Last night was the second time that ExxonMobil participated in "Idol Gives Back." The first time ExxonMobil participated was also the inaugural year for the episode, and the company provided a $3-million "challenge grant" that matched donations by viewers to Malaria No More, the company stated.