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    Kum & Go Pledges $100,000 to Flood Victims

    Multiple state effort gains momentum.

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- In a joint effort to help residents impacted by the floods earlier this summer, Kum & Go and its charitable arm, the Krauss Gentle Foundation, have pledged $100,000 to the 2008 Iowa Disaster Fund.

    Kum & Go is currently selling Embrace Iowa logo pin-ups in 250 stores throughout Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska and Sioux Falls, South Dakota for $1 with proceeds going to Embrace Iowa. "Store proceeds from pin-up sales are already over $30,000," Kum & Go Spokesperson Meggan Kring told CSNews Online.

    "Kum & Go was founded in Iowa, and we are still headquartered in Iowa after 50 years, so we are here to support Iowans impacted by the flooding," Kyle J. Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go, said in a released statement. "It was a simple decision for Kum & Go and the Krause Gentle Foundation to donate to the cause. And because we have numerous store locations throughout the area, we are able to reach out a little further to ask our customers to help their fellow Iowans and the Iowa community as well."

    The Embrace Iowa logo pin-ups will be on sale at Kum & Go stores thru mid-August. The proceeds will be contributed to Embrace Iowa in early September.

    "We’re very appreciative of the donation from Kum & Go," Iowa Disaster Collaborative Co-Chair Barry Griswell, said in a released statement. "This money will be combined with the more than $5 million already raised from individuals, companies and business leaders from all over the state. It’s going to be a long-term recovery for those who were hit hard by this year’s weather disasters," he continued. "The Embrace Iowa campaign is designed to fill unmet needs and we hope that the generosity of Kum & Go will inspire other Iowa corporations to help out in whatever way possible."

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