August 31, 2005
WFAA-TV and The Dallas Morning News organize local "Spirit of Texas Hurricane Relief Fund" for victims of Hurricane Katrina
Dallas, TX - WFAA-TV and The Dallas Morning News have organized a community relief fund with Chase and Bank One to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The dollars collected will be distributed to victims in all states affected by the severe weather through the American Red Cross. Belo Corp. news organizations throughout Texas will participate in this program that will facilitate donations to benefit victims and families affected by one of America's most devastating storms.
A special account has been established to accept donations. Anyone wishing to help should go by any of the 350 Chase or Bank One locations in Texas to make a contribution. Checks should be made payable to the "Spirit of Texas Hurricane Relief Fund," with Hurricane Katrina Relief 2005 in the memo line. The 2200 Chase and Bank One branches outside of Texas also will be accepting cash and checks for hurricane relief. To find the nearest Chase or Bank One branch, go to www.chase.com and click on "Find Us."
"We want to make it as easy as possible for Texans to help their neighbors in the South begin the long recovery from this disaster," said Alice Rodriguez, head of retail banking for Chase in Texas. "They simply need to stop by any Chase or Bank One branch across Texas."
"The significance of the hurricane and severe weather will be felt for a long time to come in the southeast and other regions of the country," said Kathy Clements, WFAA President and General Manager. "We are pleased that we could mobilize quickly with Chase and Bank One, our radio partner WBAP News/Talk 820 and others to reach out, spread the word and lend a helping hand to Americans in need."
In addition to WFAA, The Dallas Morning News and WBAP, Belo television stations throughout Texas are also participating in this relief effort, including KHOU (Houston), KENS (San Antonio) and KVUE (Austin).
"WFAA and The Dallas Morning News, as well as other Belo companies facilitated numerous community contributions in the wake of September 11, 2001," said Jim Moroney, Publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News. "We are pleased to be working with Chase again in the same capacity."
All donations will be sent to the American Red Cross, which reports they will be distributed to aid victims in all states directly affected by the hurricane.
WFAA-TV is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,600 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, affluent populations and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and al dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and the d, El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at WFAA.com or by contacting David Muscari, Vice President/Strategic Alliances at 214.977.6490.