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Superstorm Sandy

Hunter Douglas creates fund to help storm victims

In immediate response to the unprecedented destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast and particularly in the New York tri-state area, Hunter Douglas, the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America, announced today that it has created the Hunter Douglas Hurricane Sandy Relief & Recovery Fund.  The Company will make an initial donation of $100,000 and, in addition to that $100,000, will match every employee donation on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $250,000.

The Hunter Douglas Horizontal Blinds Division and Custom Shutters Division are located in Gilbert with a plant in Phoenix.  Comfortex Window Fashions, a Hunter Douglas company, also has a facility in Phoenix.

“All of us at Hunter Douglas are deeply saddened by the devastating effect of Hurricane Sandy on the lives of so many of our fellow Americans.  We want to do what we can to help those who are suffering and most in need of support,” said Marv Hopkins, Hunter Douglas North America President and CEO.

The monies are being donated to two highly efficient and effective nonprofits: The New York Times Neediest Cases Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort and Team Rubicon.

Managed by The New York Times Company, which absorbs all administrative costs, The New York Times Neediest Cases Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort is providing direct assistance through key area social service agencies to those people in the tri-state region most severely affected.

Team Rubicon, a veteran service organization that repurposes the ready-made organizational and operational skills of military veterans for disaster relief, has mobilized 1,000 veteran volunteers in the tri-state to assist in the response and recovery process.  Team Rubicon teams are currently working street by street, home by home, for post-disaster damage assessments, debris management and emergency coordination. All resources are devoted to the direct coordination and execution of disaster response and recovery efforts.



SRP, APS Sending Crews to New York

Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service are sending a combined 21 line crews and support staff to New York to assist the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in restoring power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

SRP is sending 62 employees (including 11 four-person line crews and 12 substation electricians) equipped with line trucks, hole diggers and wire pulling equipment. APS, meanwhile, will send 36 employees (including 10 three-person line crews) equipped with bucket trucks and boom trucks. The two organizations’ contingent also includes crew support and safety personnel.

The trucks – and a limited number of personnel from the two utilities – are scheduled to depart Friday sometime after 6 a.m. via military air transport from the Arizona Air National Guard, located at 3200 E. Old Tower Road Phoenix, AZ 85034. The remaining SRP and APS employees are scheduled to depart from Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa at approximately noon Friday.

Millions of East Coast residents have been without power since the storm hit on Monday.  LIPA alone reported more than 1 million customers without power at the height of the storm.  Many customers are expected to be without electricity for as long as 10 days and perhaps longer.

“Utilities in the United States have a long history of working together when needed,” said Vince Featherly, SRP’s senior director of Distribution Design, Construction & Maintenance.  “We realize how difficult the situation is there for the utilities and their customers, and we’re happy to help in any way we can.”

“A safe, reliable supply of electricity is vital to any community, and we are prepared to help Long Island customers get back to their regular lifestyle,” said Daniel Froetscher, APS Vice President of Energy Delivery. “Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”

It is anticipated that crews will stay in the area for as long as two weeks, the two utilities said.

SRP is the largest provider of power to the greater Phoenix area, serving more than 950,000 electric customers.

APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

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Searsucker Scottsdale To Donate 100% Of Proceeds To Rockaway Hurricane Relief Fund

Hurricane Sandy has left the east coast has left countless in need — and one local restaurant is giving back to help support those affected by the superstorm: Searsucker Scottsdale.

After celebrating its grand opening just last week, Searsucker Scottsdale is combining efforts with its parent company, Enlightened Hospitality Group, to provide aid to those in need in Rockaway, N.Y. — the hometown of Enlightened’s CEO James Brennan — and neighboring Breezy Point.

This Friday, November 2, Searsucker Scottsdale will donate 100 percent of all proceeds to the Rockaway Hurricane Relief Fund. One-hundred percent of all funds donated will go directly to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Patrons can help support the relief effort at Searsucker Scottsdale by visiting the restaurant on Friday, Nov. 2 for:

  • lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
  • happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,
  • or dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Those who are unable to dine at Searsucker Scottsdale can donate online. Visit the Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego’s website, and enter “ROCKAWAY HURRICANE” in the section titled “In Honor Of”.

For more information about Searsucker Scottsdale, visit searsucker.com.

Searsucker Scottsdale
6900 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 664-3777