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W.R. Grace offers relief after devastating hurricane

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The W.R. Grace Foundation donates a $25,000 check to the Howard County Conservancy to help develop their new education center dedicated to teaching local students about conservation.


By Laura Toraldo

(CURTIS BAY, Md.—October 10, 2017)—When things got tough for victims of Hurricane Harvey, the W.R. Grace Foundation was the calm after the storm.

A donation of $100,000 from the Foundation, the philanthropic organization of W.R. Grace & Co., to relief efforts via the American Red Cross disaster relief fund provided much-needed assistance.

"The donation reflects our concern for the safety and security of our employees and their families, the communities where they live, and our many friends and neighbors in the region," Foundation Chair Mark Shelnitz explained. "We have several facilities along the Gulf coast, so it was close to home."

Grace operates 22 manufacturing facilities around the world, in addition to its largest in Maryland's Curtis Bay. The company manufactures hundreds of products and, including its global headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, employs over 1,000 people in the state. Director of Corporate Communications Gregory Ten Eyck said Grace is dedicated to keeping the community flourishing.

"Grace contributes to programs and projects that improve quality of life in the most impactful way," TenEyck said. "Our focus is on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and basic needs—such as food, shelter, first aid, and health care." 

Grace supports organizations like Howard County General Hospital, United Way of Central Maryland, MdBio Foundation, the Maryland Science Center, and the Howard County Conservancy (pictured above) among others.

"Grace's business is driven by technology," said Shelnitz. "Without innovation and new technology our products could become commoditized. We donate to support STEM education to help put the two together—it's meaningful."


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