Anheuser-Busch Joins American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program

    Anheuser-Busch Joins American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program

$500,000 donation will support immediate disaster relief on national and local

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, May 6, 2014

ST. LOUIS, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Today Anheuser-Busch proudly announced
a partnership with the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program
(ADGP), enabling the organization to respond immediately to disasters in every
community nationwide. These immediate relief efforts include shelter, food,
health services and other emergency and reconstruction assistance to those
impacted by disasters in the United States. Another $250,000 donation by
Anheuser-Busch in 2014 will support Red Cross Blood Services work, which
collects and supplies approximately 40 percent of the blood and blood products
used in the U.S.

The $750,000 in contributions this year builds on a longstanding partnership
between Anheuser-Busch and the Red Cross that began in 1906, when the company
made a contribution to the Red Cross to support victims of the San Francisco
earthquake. Since then, Anheuser-Busch has supported disaster relief on a
national and local level. Anheuser-Busch was also the founding sponsor of
Ready Rating with a $2.1 million grant, a program that helps prepare
businesses, schools and organizations for disasters and emergencies. Last,
Anheuser-Bush has provided more than 72 million cans of emergency drinking
water since 1988 through the Red Cross to cities and states around the country
impacted by floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

"Anheuser-Busch has been committed to building community resilience for more
than 100 years, since we began our partnership with the Red Cross, and
supported the organization's efforts to prepare all corners of our country for
emergencies, big and small," said Margarita Flores, vice president of
Community Affairs for Anheuser-Busch. "We are pleased to continue our strong
partnership by joining the Annual Disaster Giving Program, enabling the Red
Cross to respond to disasters and provide relief to individuals, families and
communities at a moment's notice."

Anheuser-Busch – the first ADGP member in St. Louis – and other members of the
ADGP pledge donations on an ongoing basis, in advance of major disasters, to
help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those
affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income. In
addition to the company's financial commitment, Anheuser-Busch will encourage
employees to volunteer with the Red Cross, give blood, and take courses such
as First Aid or CPR.

"We are incredibly grateful to Anheuser-Busch for being such a generous and
steadfast partner to the Red Cross for more than a century," said Neal
Litvack, chief development officer for Red Cross. "The donations by members of
the Annual Disaster Giving Program create a reliable funding base for disaster
relief services and enable us to immediately assist victims of disaster with
food, shelter, and other essential assistance and support our volunteers who
work tirelessly at the scene."


Anheuser-Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social
responsibility by focusing on three key areas: promotingalcohol
responsibility,preserving and protecting the environment andsupporting local
communities.In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers
have committed more than $1 billion in national advertising campaigns and
community-based programs to encourage responsible drinking and prevent
underage drinking and drunk driving.Anheuser-Busch reduced total water use at
its breweries 32 percent over the last 5 years and by 45.5 percent over the
last 10 years. The company has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than
30 years.Since 1997, Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have invested in local
communities through donations of more than $530 million to charitable
organizations.The company also has provided more than 72 million cans of
drinking water to people impacted by natural and other disasters since
1988.Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer,
and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo.For more


The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches
skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American
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Contact: Lisa Derus, Corporate Communications, Anheuser-Busch, 1-314-765-3118,
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