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McDONNELL DOUGLAS AND ITS EMPLOYEES PLEDGE $250,000 TO FLOOD CLEAN-UP EFFORT

 ST. LOUIS, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas and its employees nationwide have pledged a quarter of a million dollars to the clean-up and rebuilding effort that will begin once the flood waters here recede.
 The grant will be used as seed money to establish community rebuilding funds in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County and Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
 The pledge was made today by John F. McDonnell, the corporation's chairman and chief executive officer, at Carondelet Park in the City of St. Louis where Congressman Richard A. Gephardt announced the establishment of these funds.
 "These community rebuilding funds will provide an excellent way for everyone -- from businesses to residents -- to contribute financially toward rebuilding our community and revitalizing our local economy," McDonnell said.
 "The teammates of McDonnell Douglas and our corporation are proud to play a role in helping our community get back on its feet. After having seen the way the people of this region have pulled together to fight the flood, I am convinced our community will come back stronger than ever," he said.
 Sixty percent of the money, or $150,000, will go to the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Building and Education Foundation. The money, which will be administered by the chamber, is being directed to the foundation at the request of St. Charles County and City officials. More than half of the 25,000 McDonnell Douglas employees in the St. Louis area live in St. Charles or in North St. Louis County, which borders the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. McDonnell Douglas has 74,000 employees worldwide.
 The remainder of the contribution will be divided evenly among the community rebuilding funds being set up in the other regions.
 McDonnell Douglas has a team at work assessing ways in which the corporation and its employees can be of assistance in the flood relief effort. Already, thousands of employees have volunteered in sandbagging and other relief efforts. And the corporation is collecting the names of employees who want to volunteer for clean-up projects.
 Employees on July 15 raised more than $50,000 and collected approximately 30 tons of food and toys in a 2 1/2 hour drive at McDonnell Douglas facilities in St. Louis and St. Charles. All of the proceeds were given to the Salvation Army in St. Charles.
 McDonnell Douglas on July 9 donated its mobile Emergency Operations Center to the City of St. Charles for use as the city's command post during flood relief operations. The corporation also lent generators, radio gear, walkie-talkies and other equipment to the St. Charles City Police. The total value of McDonnell Douglas' flood relief contributions to date exceeds $350,000.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Anderson of McDonnell Douglas Corp., 314-233-2865/


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