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FOr those of you who don't know, I work in the IT department at Mercury Marine's Global Headquarters in Fond du Lac, WI, USA.


Here are some press releases that we were sent today that really made my day. I am glad I work for a company that is this willing to help where it can. (by the way the employees are also raising cash and our parent company Brunswick is going to match dollar for dollar ::D: )


Read on......




Mercury and Triton step up hurricane assistance


FOND DU LAC, Wis. (Sept. 2, 2005) - Mercury Marine and Triton Boats are rigging 10 boats and engines Friday for immediate use in the rescue efforts in and around New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


The 40 hp FourStroke EFI engines were trucked overnight from Mercury's headquarters in Fond du Lac and arrived Friday morning at Triton's aluminum boat plant in Prairie, Miss. Technicians were standing by to rig the engines on 10 Triton 1648 SFB boats with the expectation that the units would be fully rigged, equipped with life jackets and other safety equipment, fueled and ready for service by noon local time. The boats are being put on trailers and picked up by officers from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency who have volunteered to tow the boats to the New Orleans area and aid in the rescue.


The boats are durable aluminum models of shallow draft, making them ideally suited for use in the flooded areas of the state.


Brunswick, Walt Disney World Team Up for Hurricane Relief

LAKE FOREST, Ill., (Sept. 2) -- Brunswick Corporation and the Walt Disney World Resort announced today that they have partnered to deliver nine Trophy center console boats with Mercury Marine engines to New Orleans to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Coordinated through the US Marine Division of the Brunswick Boat Group, these boats will be turned over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and used to shuttle refugees, officials and medical supplies in the devastated city. US Marine makes and markets Bayliner, Maxum and Trophy boats as well as Meridian Yachts.

"We approached Walt Disney World because it has one of the largest concentrations of Trophy boats close to the affected areas of the Gulf Coast, and this would allow for those boats to be pressed into use quickly," explained US Marine's Mark Zobel, vice president of marketing. "The response from Disney was overwhelming, and their cooperation will ensure that more help is on the way almost immediately. We are extremely grateful for their assistance and the urgency in which they dealt with this matter."


Mercury, Sea Pro support New Orleans efforts


FOND DU LAC, Wis. (Sept. 1, 2005) _ Mercury Marine has joined with Sea Pro

boat company to ship more than $200,000 in boats and engines to support rescue efforts in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.


"We wanted to do all we could to help, and we wanted to do it immediately," said Mercury Marine President Patrick C. Mackey. "This is truly a time of crisis that is difficult for most of us to comprehend. Many people need help, and this is an area in which we're qualified and capable of making a difference."


Mercury, the world's largest manufacturer of recreational marine engines, is shipping 10 inflatable boats with four-stroke motors to New Orleans for general rescue and recovery efforts. Additionally, Mercury has supplied engines for five boats donated by Sea Pro.


The inflatable boats with engines were donated by Mercury in response to a request from the Louisiana governor's office on behalf of Louisiana Fish and Wildlife.


Sea Pro, which is located in Newberry, S.C., was quick to respond with five shallow-draft skiffs that will specifically meet the needs of the rescue and recovery efforts in New Orleans.

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Beautiful! Awesome news that your company is helping out. ::D:


I myself am still waiting on word from my local Red Cross chapter to see if they need me to go down with the next number of relief workers. My current problem is I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. If I go, I cannot go for more than two weeks or else I loose my health insurance and I may not have a job to come back to if I am going to be gone for a month or more as work apparently isn't required to hold my job open for me. That's what my manager told me yesterday at least, he said he was going to look into it further for me.

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