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U.S. Chamber Honors Businesses' Community Spirit

Wednesday, December 5, 2001 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United States Chamber of Commerce today presented The Coca-Cola Company and the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce with the annual Center for Corporate Citizenship (CCC) Award for exceptional community involvement. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce received a special award for its post-Sept. 11 efforts to aid local small businesses.

"Since Sept. 11, corporate America has raised almost a billion dollars to help those victimized by the attacks," said Greg Lebedev, U.S. Chamber COO and CCC president, presenting the awards at a U.S. Chamber dinner. "The business community is pulling together like never before to strengthen the community fabric that was torn on Sept. 11."

After Sept. 11, the Manhattan Chamber established the Small Business Recovery Fund to assist small businesses in lower Manhattan, distributing $46,000 to-date in bridge financing to businesses that have yet to receive insurance or FEMA assistance.

Coca-Cola, headquartered in Atlanta, received this year's CCC Corporate Award for working with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to improve literacy across the United States. The company has provided RIF with a three-year $18 million gift to place library collections in 10,000 high-need classrooms and community centers and launch its StoryTravelers program, delivering millions of free books to children in 34 states.

The American Malaysian Chamber received the CCC Chamber Award for its Young Enterprise program, which has provided scholarships to more than 5,000 Malaysian high school students to develop business skills and access educational opportunities.

At the Chamber dinner, the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise and the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) also presented awards to top corporate benefactors. The Kenan Institute Builder Award went to IBM Corp. CEO Louis Gerstner. The CECP Philanthropy Award went to IBM and The Timberland Company.

The Center for Corporate Citizenship – the Chamber's humanitarian arm – provides corporate citizenship policy and program support for Chamber members. The winners of this year's awards were selected from a pool of more than 200 corporations and chambers.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.

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