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ILA's South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District Makes $250,000 Donation to ILA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund; Atlantic Coast District Also Donates $250,000



South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District of the International Longshoremen's Association made an extraordinary donation to the ILA's Hurricane Sandy Fund of $250,000.00. Clyde Fitzgerald, who is president of the District, which include port areas from North Carolina south to Miami and on the entire Gulf Coast, made the donation to ILA President Harold J. Daggett saying his District was proud to do something for the victims of Hurricane Sandy after the Gulf area received similar help following the destructive Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"We hope this donation of $250,000 helps ease the pain and financial burden of those ILA members in the Greater Metropolitan area who suffered losses in Hurricane Sandy in late October," said South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District President Fitzgerald. "Those of us in the South and Gulf areas are certainly no strangers to the destruction that can be caused by hurricanes."

Dennis A. Daggett, President of the Atlantic Coast District, said he was deeply touched by the generosity of his fellow ILA members in the South and said that his District would also donate $250,000 to the Sandy relief fund.

Days after Hurricane Sandy struck the New Jersey and New York City coastline, ILA President Harold J. Daggett established an ILA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund seeking donations from union members to be distributed to ILA members affected by the storm.

The ILA's South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District's answered the appeal immediately with its $250,000.00 donation.

Dennis A. Daggett, President of the Atlantic Coast District, said he was deeply touched by the generosity of his fellow ILA members in the South and said that his District would also donate $250,000 to the Sandy relief fund.

The generosity from the South was further exemplified by donations of $25,000 from ILA Local 1414 in Savannah, Georgia and $10,000.00 each from Locals 1422 in Charleston, South Carolina and Local 1351 in Houston, Texas. ILA Local 1922 in Miami, Florida and ILA Local 28 in Houston, Texas added $5,000 more each to the total.

Individual donations have been phenomenal, according to ILA President Harold J. Daggett, who plans to write each person who made donations and also report to them on how fellow members were aided by their generosity.

The ILA announced in mid-November that it would be putting a committee together distribute the funds to the most needy members and families. As of early December, $576,000 has been collected. ILA Locals in New York and New Jersey have been instructed to supply the International with information on ILA members' losses.

"Our ILA family has demonstrated once again that they care for one another like no other organization," said ILA President Harold Daggett. "I'm very proud of them and the ILA."