Ralph Lauren, Chairman and CEO of Ralph Lauren Corporation, today announced a $2 million gift to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. As part of the $2 million gift, the Ralph and Ricky Lauren Family Foundation is donating $1 million to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to help address immediate needs of New Yorkers as well as long-term relief efforts. Ralph Lauren Corporation, through the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, is donating the other $1 million to relief efforts, dividing the money between the Robin Hood Relief Fund, the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and to local organizations for relief and rebuilding efforts in New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island and Westchester County.
In addition, the Company has set up an employee matching program with the American Red Cross for up to $1 million and will work closely with selected organizations for in-kind donations of clothing and other necessities.
“I’m a born and bred New Yorker. I raised my family here and started my business here. The Tri-State area is home to thousands of our employees and our customers and we have a special and personal relationship with the affected areas,” said Ralph Lauren. “We want to support the selfless work of so many agencies, professionals and volunteers and hope that these donations will make it easier for our cities to rebuild and recover.”
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