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Nalco grants fund two local programs

L’Observateur / November 4, 1998

The Nalco Foundation recently made grants totaling $55,306 to five Louisiana nonprofit organizations, including the St. John Council on AgingInc., in LaPlace.The Council received a $6,306 grant to support its “Respite Care” program that offers temporary relief to the family member or friend who is the primary caretaker of a senior citizen.

In addition, Teach for America, South Louisiana in Baton Rouge, received a $5,000 grant to support its “Teach for America” program, and the funds will support teacher placement in the Garyville/Mt. Airy Magnet School. Other grant recipients include: Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation, which received a $24,000 grant to continue sponsorship of the station’s “Nature” series.

The Emmy award-winning program, which is entering its 17th season, has been funded by The Nalco Foundation since 1986.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, which received a $10,000 grant for general support. The Cancer Center serves a 16-parisharea, offering cutting-edge cancer treatment in radiation therapy, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.

Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in Metairie, which received a $10,000 grant for its research of breast cancer. The foundation is working on anew technique that helps detect cancer cells in the early stages of development in the lymph nodes.

In the third quarter of 1998, 55 nonprofit organizations were recipients of $453,612 from The Nalco Foundation. For the year, the foundation hasawarded 156 grants worth more than $1.1 million. Funding is made toorganizations that provide services in the areas of culture and the arts, education, civic and community affairs and health.

Since its inception in 1953, The Nalco Foundation has made grants totaling more than $32 million.

The Nalco Foundation is solely funded by Nalco Chemical Co., the world’slargest producer of water and process treatment chemicals with 1997 sales of $1.4 billion. The company sells chemicals and services for waterand waste treatment, pollution control, papermaking, mining and mineral processing, metalworking and other industrial processes.

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