Gilberto Perez, President of CEMEX in the United States, presented an early holiday gift to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund Tuesday. Perez delivered a check for nearly $570,000 to former President George Herbert Walker Bush on behalf of CEMEX Inc., the nation's largest producer of cement, concrete and concrete products.
The donation is the result of CEMEX employees' tremendous response to the company's matching gifts program. As part of the plan to contribute to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, CEMEX matched, two-to-one, all employee contributions made by Sept. 30. For employees whose gifts equaled or exceeded 1 percent of their respective salaries, the company increased the match to three-to-one.
Perez praised employees for their charitable response to the tragedy. "It is our great pleasure to come together as a company to help those who have suffered so much throughout this ordeal," Perez said. "CEMEX is proud of our employees and their selfless generosity."
Perez was joined Tuesday at the former president's Houston office by Rick Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, and Susana Duarte, Vice President, Communications and Community Relations. After receiving the check, Bush called CEMEX's gift "tremendously generous."
The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund was established in September following Hurricane Katrina and is co-chaired by former President Bush and former President Bill Clinton. Nearly 60,000 donors around the world have contributed to the fund, which will provide grants to assist in recovery needs in the affected areas. The former presidents recently announced the first beneficiaries of grants.