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HOUSTON -- ExxonMobil donated nearly $17 million to the United Way in the Houston and Baytown areas, a record amount for the area, helped by employees and retirees, the company stated.
"2007 was a record-setting year for the ExxonMobil United Way campaign for our Houston and Baytown companies," Tim Cejka, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Co., said in a statement. "Our employees and retirees appreciate the quality of life that we are able to enjoy in Houston and its surrounding communities, and we are all pleased to be able to do our part through the United Way to give something back."
The $16.6 million donation was made up of two separate contributions, $10.6 million and $1.4 million, made out to the United Way of Greater Houston and United Way of Baytown, respectively, according to the company.
The company contributed an additional $4.6 million through the ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement Program.
"I want to thank our employees and retirees for generously committing their time, talents and dollars," Gary H. Isaksen, of ExxonMobil Exploration Co., who also served as the 2007 United Way central campaign manager, said in a statement. "Taking care of each other in our communities is a priority for our company and an important part of the ExxonMobil tradition."
The donations were awarded during a celebration at NCI Ripley House Community Center. The funds will assist persons who receive services from the nonprofit organizations.
"We are deeply gratified by ExxonMobil's strong and continued support of the United Way," United Way of Greater Houston President and CEO Anna M. Babin said in a statement. "Not only do ExxonMobil employees and retirees contribute their valuable time and talents all year long in our community, they also provide generous financial support. They are an inspiration to us all, and we sincerely thank everyone at ExxonMobil for helping us make Houston a better place to live and work."