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PITTSBURGH AIRLIFT TO RUSSIA

 PITTSBURGH AIRLIFT TO RUSSIA
 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- John G. Rangos Sr., president


and CEO of Chambers Development Company, Inc. (AMEX: CDVB) announced that a planeload of relief supplies from Pittsburgh will leave for the Russian Republic today.
 The flight represents one of the few American community efforts to alleviate hardship in the former Soviet Union.
 The cargo, some 150,000 pounds of food, medicine, vitamins and hospital equipment worth in excess of $3.8 million was donated by H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ), Giant Eagle, Children's Hospital and Miles Inc. in Pittsburgh, with additional contributions from Gerber Foods, Warner Chilcott Labs of New Jersey and Sky Brothers food didstributors of Altoona, Pa.
 "It is tremendously gratifying to see such a response from those we asked to help," Rangos said, noting that 170,000 pounds of goods were actually donated, well above capacity for a single aircraft."
 Rangos organized the flight at the request of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States in response to an appeal from Russian Orthodox Church leaders in the Russian Republic. The Chambers president holds the title of Archon, the highest lay position in the Greek Orthodox faith.
 The supplies will be airlifted to the Russian Republic by a giant C-5 Galaxy transport plane, largest of the U.S. military transports, from the Air Force Reserve base (911th Tactical Airlift Group) at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, this evening.
 Key assistance for the flight came from Pittsbugh-based Brother's Brother Foundation, which provided administrative support, cargo handling, warehouse space and packing of the supplies, in addition to securing donations from Gerber Foods and Warner Chilcott Labs, the latter providing desperately needed antibiotics. South Hills Movers Company, which has worked closely with Brother's Brother, provided free transport of the cargo to the airport.
 "I know that some people will ask why we are so concerned with Russia with all of our problems at home," said Rangos, "but aside from humanitarian considerations, if the Yeltsin government fails we could see a new and much more dangerous Soviet-style dictatorship that may again put the world on a nuclear hair-trigger and cost us more billions of dollars we do not have. A relatively small amount of temporary aid now could ensure that our children don't have to pay for a new arms race or face a renewed threat of superpower war."
 Rangos gives special thanks to U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) for procuring a plane from the Department of Defense for the humanitarian mission. He also gratefully acknowledges the support of U.S. Sens. Harris Wofford (D-Pa.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) for the project.
 Said Murtha: "Last year, I opposed the idea of sending $1 billion in taxpayers' money to the Soviets because of our budget problems and our many pressing and urgent issues in the United States. Such contributions are more meaningful as a people-to-people effort, and I knew that our generous people would rise to the task. That's exactly what John Rangos and the others behind this effort have done. And their humanitarian gesture is key to the stability of the new republics which is essential if we hope to realize the big savings in defense spending as we envision."
 Rangos, officials of the Orthodox Church, representatives of the contributing companies and other guests attended a news conference this afternoon and staged a send-off for the plane at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport.
 Pittsburgh Airlift to Russia will be the vanguard of a major, ongoing relief effort to Russia carried out by the newly formed International Orthodox Christian Charities, chaired by Rangos.
 PITTSBURGH AIRLIFT TO RUSSIA
 FACT SHEET
 -- Flight organized by Chambers Development President/CEO John G. Rangos Sr. at the request of the Orthodox Church in United States. Following appeal for aid from Russian church leaders, Rangos is holder of highest lay title in Greek Orthodox Church.
 -- Cargo: 150,000 pounds plus (possibly 170,000 pounds) food, mainly baby food, plus medicine (antibiotics), hospital equipment, adult (women's) vitamins, powdered milk, infant formula, canned vegetables and meats, soups (also -- 15,000 plastic kitchen bags, much needed for distribution to individuals in Russia.)
 -- Cargo donated by Heinz, Giant Eagle, Children's Hospital, Miles Inc. in Pittsburgh, plus Gerber Foods, Warner Chilcott Labs, New Jersey and Sky Brothers Food Distributors, Altoona, Pa.
 -- Plane, C-5 Galaxy, provided by the Department of Defense through office of U.S. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), Johnstown, who acted on request for assistance from Rangos. Rare for relief planes to be sent to communities.
 -- Key support from Brother's Brother Foundation headquartered in Pittsburgh. Provided truck unloading, warehousing/packing of cargo, reloading for transport to airport. Arranged Gerber, Warner Chilcott donations, the latter worth $3.6 million.
 -- Cargo transported to airport free by South Hills Movers.
 -- Rationale for flight: Humanitarian reasons plus the global importance of success for the new Commonwealth States.
 -- Flight will be the start of a national effort by American Orthodox Church, chaired by Rangos, to send major quantities of relief supplies to Commonwealth States by sea and possibly again by air.
 -- Flight is one of few such community efforts in the nation. Pittsburgh response excellent. BREAKOUT OF DONATIONS:
 Heinz -- 47,000 lbs. baby food, soups
 Gerber -- 40,000 lbs. baby food, juice
 Giant Eagle -- 20,000 lbs. various food
 Sky Brothers -- 2,500 lbs. various food
 Warner Chilcott -- 32,000 lbs. Amoxicillin & Ampicillin
 antibiotics (approximately
 12 million doses)
 Children's Hospital -- 7,000 lbs. hospital equipment
 Miles, Inc. -- 2,800 lbs. women's vitamins
 Total -- 151,300 lbs.
 Total Value -- Approx. $3.8 million wholesale
 American flags for pallets donated by the Flag Factory, Pittsburgh
 Plastic bags from:
 Alpine Packaging, Pittsburgh
 Amko Plastics, Ohio
 Paper Products, Pittsburgh
 Millfred Products Co., Pittsburgh
 Colker L.M., Co., Pittsburgh
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 /CONTACT: Jim Leonard of Chambers Development, 412-244-7560/
 (CDVB HNZ) CO: Chambers Development Company, Inc. ST: Pennsylvania IN: FOD MTC SU:


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