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Governor Barbour: Hurricane Recovery Fund Grants $34 Million to Help Rebuild Coast
From: Office of the Governor    Filed 8/23/07 GCN

(JACKSON, Mississippi) – A special recovery fund created by Governor Haley Barbour in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has raised and granted more than $34 million to help rebuild Coast housing, community centers, playgrounds and day care facilities.

The Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund was created as a nonprofit organization within a few days after Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster in American history, struck Mississippi on August 29, 2005. 

“My intention in creating this special fund was to attract private monies to help victims of the hurricane with recovery costs that exceeded coverage from other sources, such as insurance, government grants, and immediate relief programs,” Governor Barbour said. “I am tremendously grateful for the generosity of more than 9,500 individuals and companies from all over the world and for the voluntary service of the fund’s outstanding board and officers who have allocated all $34 million raised to projects designed to benefit Coast recovery.”

Richard Hickson, of Jackson, chairman of the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund’s Board of Directors, said the fund’s resources actually leveraged funding from other sources, providing a projected total of more than $114 million for a variety of Coast projects.

The fund benefited from these fund-raising events: the Mississippi Rising Concert in Oxford, a Culinary Reception in Jackson, and the Governor’s Cup Golf Tournament at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. The second annual Governor’s Cup, a special golf event at the Beau Rivage’s Fallen Oaks Golf Club in May of this year, raised $2.75 million specifically for Boys and Girls Clubs on the Coast. In addition, the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund contributed $12.4 million.

“Working with the Governor and the fund’s outstanding board to meet many needs left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” said William T. Richardson, Jr., the fund’s unpaid president and chief executive officer. “The generosity of people and corporations will be long remembered as the projects they have supported take shape and serve the communities for many years.”

Governor Barbour thanked the fund’s board members and officers for their volunteer service. “I genuinely appreciate the outstanding work of Board Chairman Richard Hickson of Jackson and Board Members Royce Cumbest of Pascagoula, Peyton Self of Marks, Chevis Swetman of Biloxi, and Ray Wesson of Gulfport; and officers William T. Richardson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer; J. Paul Varner, Secretary; and Mike Summerford, Treasurer.”

The fund has selected the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to provide leadership in administering the projects. The foundation is governed by a board of directors whose membership is drawn from leaders in a variety of Coast businesses, organizations and activities.

A list of projects supported by the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund, most of them supplemented with monies provided through the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, is found below.

(GCN note: The largest grant listed below for $8 million is to the Renaissance Corporation, a separate non-profit group under the auspices of the Gulf Coast Business Council)   More Information

SUMMARY OF FUNDED and PROPOSED PROJECTS

PROJECTS

MHRF

BCKFCredit

TOTAL

GEORGE COUNTY

 

 

 

George County Disaster Center

$1,200,000

$750,000

$2,500,000

HANCOCK COUNTY

 

 

 

Pearlington Community Center

600,000

600,000

1,200,000

Bay St. Louis Community Center

500,000

500,000

4,500,000

Save The Children -- Bay St. Louis/Waveland

900,000

900,000

1,900,000

BayWaveland Separate School -- Gym

2,000,000

187,500

2,250,000

HARRISON COUNTY

 

 

 

DeLisle Community Center

800,000

800,000

1,700,000

Gulfport West Community Center

600,000

600,000

2,000,000

Long Beach Community Center

600,000

600,000

2,650,000

Woolmarket Community Center

500,000

500,000

1,550,000

Biloxi Community Center

600,000

600,000

5,600,000

FBC Day Care -- Long Beach

300,000

300,000

2,300,000

Moore Day Care -- Biloxi

300,000

300,000

2,098,000

Save The Children -- Pass Christian

900,000

900,000

1,750,000

Coast Episcopal Day Care -- Pass Christian

150,000

150,000

175,000

PEARL RIVER COUNTY

 

 

 

Picayune Community Center

650,000

650,000

1,100,000

STONE COUNTY

 

 

 

Housing Repair

200,000

 

700,000

MULTI-COUNTIES

 

 

 

Housing Grant to Support Renaissance Corp

8,000,000

 

40,000,000

Housing General Fund

3,200,000

 

6,200,000

Affordable Housing Demo Projects

4,000,000

 

16,000,000

KaBoom Playgrounds -- 17 Units

750,000

692,500

1,500,000

Boys & Girls Clubs -- 3 Counties

750,000

750,000

9,250,000

Design Technical Assistance - Hardening Shelters

25,000

 

25,000

MS GULF COAST COMMUNITY FUND

 

 

 

Administration Budget (2 yrs)

671,526

671,526

671,526

Building for Non Profits via MGCCF

2,000,000

2,000,000

4,500,000

MGCCF Grant for Admin and Grant Funding

1,907,400

 

1,907,400

TOTALS:

$31,996,526

$12,400,000

$114,026,926

DIRECTIVE GRANTS FROM OTHERS

 

 

 

Sam Haskell to DeLisle Community Center

$5,000

 

 

Total Grants:

$32,001,526

 

 

Governor's Cup May '07

2,000,000

 

 

Total Funds raised

$34,001,526

 

 

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