Instead of my usual ramblings you no doubt look forward to skimming each month, I would like to use this page to recognize the folks in our industry who are doing us proud. I don't have room here to list them all, but here are a few of the many leaders in our industry who are jumping in to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, whose devastation has affected all of us. I encourage you to do the same.

  • Komatsu Zenoah America has made 100 RedMax chain saws available to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for use in the clean-up effort.

  • Bayer has pledged $2 million to the American Red Cross in the form of financial contributions and product donations to aid victims of the flooding. They are also encouraging employees to make personal donations, which Bayer will match, dollar for dollar.

  • Kubota Group and its affiliated companies in the United States have committed an initial cash donation of $200,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief efforts. They also have pledged to donate equipment in-kind totaling $200,000. In addition, they will match employee donations to the American Red Cross.

  • Dow Chemical Co. is responding with a plan for the urgent assistance to employees in the affected region, as well as major contributions for the region as a whole. The company has 7,000 employees at six sites throughout Louisiana. Dow has also announced that it will contribute $3 million to the hurricane relief effort. The donation will consist of an immediate $1 million in cash to the American Red Cross, $1 million match of employee and retiree donations to the American Red Cross and $1 million in products and technology donations for the longer-term reconstruction effort.

  • John Deere committed a total of $1 million to assist in the relief efforts, including a $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross by the John Deere Foundation. Beyond the initial cash donation, Deere said it would donate equipment and match employee contributions to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

  • DuPont has made a $1 million corporate cash contribution to the relief fund and is encouraging employees and others to pledge personal donations through the DuPont Web site, which the company will match up to another $1 million.

  • Phoenix Environmental Care LLC has added disaster relief for hurricane victims to the list of programs qualifying for the company's PERKs program. Participants can choose to have their donation go to the American Red Cross. In addition, Phoenix will double the disaster relief contribution from all qualifying September sales.

  • The major U.S. golf organizations (PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, USGA, The Masters Tournament and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America) have come together to help in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, with a goal of raising $5 million. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible. Contributions can be made at, or mailed to: The U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, c/o PGA TOUR Charities, Inc., Att.: Ron Price, Chief Financial Officer, PGA TOUR, Post Office Box 2904, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004-2904.

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