SOURCE: Survivor Foundation

October 20, 2008 14:52 ET

Beyoncé Knowles' Donation of $100K Today to Houston Mayor Bill White and Albert Myres for Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to Aid Texas Victims of Hurricane Ike

Press Conference Today, October 20, 2008 at 3:00PM at House of Deréon Media Center

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) -


WHO: Houston Mayor Bill White, Mathew Knowles, (President & CEO of Music World Entertainment and Manager and Father of Beyoncé Knowles), Albert Myres (Chairman of the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (18TH District); City Officials

WHAT: Beyoncé Knowles has made personal donation of $100,000 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund benefiting victims of Hurricane Ike in the Greater Houston area who've lost homes, property, and jobs. The check will be presented today by Mathew Knowles to Mayor Bill White and Albert Myres at 3:00p.m. (CST)

"I commend Beyoncé for her generous support for the victims of Hurricane Ike. Over the years The Knowles Family have been involved in many philanthropic efforts, they have shown their Goodwill and Meritorious Spirit and have always stepped up to help those that are in need," states Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-18th Congressional District, Houston, TX.)

WHEN: Monday, October 20, 2008 at 3:00p.m.

WHERE: House of Deréon Media Center at 2204 Hadley Street in Houston, TX. (Director, Natalie Jones, 713-289-5710)

WHY: Beyoncé is currently organizing a fundraising benefit for Hurricane Ike Relief through the Survivor Foundation that will take place soon, but in the interim she wanted to do something immediately to assist the victims who are desperately in need now.

The Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund was established at the request of Houston Mayor Bill White to help fill unmet human needs for victims of Hurricane Ike primarily in Galveston, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties. The Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund will provide aid to nonprofit organizations providing immediate relief in the area including shelter and temporary housing, food and household supplies, transportation and child care. For more information on the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund and how to donate, please visit www.ghcf.org.

THE SURVIVOR FOUNDATION:

The Survivor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization designed to assist persons displaced whose lives have been affected by disasters, natural or otherwise. The Survivor Foundation, a family charity supported by Beyoncé, Mathew and Tina Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Solange Knowles, also helps people in need, providing assistance to children and to those suffering from AIDS and homelessness.

Over the past few years, the Survivor Foundation has donated over two and a half million dollars just in the Houston area alone. Initiatives with the Knowles-Rowland Center, Knowles Rowland Temenos Place Apartments, Houston Habitat for Humanity, the Beyoncé Experience World Tour Food Drives, Annual Music World Cares "Holiday Carnival," and Hurricane Katrina Relief are just a few of the community efforts of the Survivor Foundation with Beyoncé being the major contributor.

To learn more, please visit www.thesurvivorfoundation.com.

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