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Katrina: "Americans Are Known for Their Strength, Fortitude, and Generosity" Says Michael Dell

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Donates $5M

"We encourage people in the U.S. and everywhere to give with their hearts, reach out to these victims, and donate what they can to the relief efforts," said Michael and Susan Dell, co-founders of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, as they yesterday announced a $5M million pledge to the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina.

The pledge, which will be paid out through the couple's family foundation, MSDF, serves to support the victims of the devastation and encourage others to give to the relief efforts.

In all, 90,000 square miles have been declared a federal disaster area in the Gulf States, which were hit by Hurricane Katrina earlier this week. The hurricane that ravaged the land has also devastated families who have lost their homes, schools, and places of work and worship.

"Our support goes out to the families affected by Hurricane Katrina," said Susan Dell, co-founder of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. "These people are faced with rebuilding their lives and their communities, and we need to help."

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the organization is currently spending US$500 million a day on Hurricane Katrina disaster relief. With the total cost of damages, loss of life, and people requiring medical attention increasing on a daily basis, additional and ongoing support will be required for the relief and rebuilding efforts.

"Americans are known for their strength, fortitude, and generosity in times of need," said Michael Dell

Further information: Michael & Susan Dell Foundation http://www.msdf.org

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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Darren Sardelli 09/16/05 06:51:59 AM EDT

Hello,

Katrina may have knocked us down, but she won't keep us down. Americans from all across the country have been deeply affected by this tragedy. I am proud of every American for their help and support. Here is a poem that has brought hope and faith to many already. Please pass it on to the world.

Thank You,
Darren Sardelli
www.authorsinschools.com (My bio is under Poets - For every assembly I do during the 2005 - 2006 school year, I will donate part of my salary to Katrina relief efforts.)

The American Spirit - Katrina

Katrina brought disaster.
She caused a lot of grief.
She showed the world destruction
and pain beyond belief.

Katrina split up families.
She knocked their houses down.
She took all their possessions
and pulverized their town.

Some women lost their husbands.
Some husbands lost their wives.
Some people lost their neighbors.
Some children lost their lives.

Katrina's winds were massive.
They took some heavy tolls.
She may have caused catastrophe,
but deeply touched our souls.

She brought us all together.
United, here we stand!
Our people heard a cry for help
and lent a helping hand.

We reassured the victims
that help was on the way.
We're doing all that we can do
to brighten up your day.

Katrina may have knocked you down,
but we will pick you up.
She may have taken all your food,
but we will fill your cup.

You know you can rely on us.
We'll be your shining sun.
We Are One Nation Under God.
United We Are One!
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