|AIG LAUNCHES HOMERS FOR KIDS PROGRAM WITH NEW YORK METS; PROGRAM TO SUPPORT YOUTH CHARITIES THROUGHOUT NEW YORK|
NEW YORK--April 11, 2005--American International Group, Inc. (AIG) today announced the launch of the AIG Homers For Kids program to benefit New York-based youth charities. For every home run the New York Mets hit at Shea Stadium in 2005, AIG will donate $250 to a designated youth charity.
AIG will select a new charity for each of the Mets' 26 home series. During the Mets' season-opening home series against the Houston Astros, AIG will contribute to the New York Police & Fire Widows'& Children's Benefit Fund, Inc., which was established by former Met Daniel "Rusty" Staub in 1985. For the following two home series, AIG will donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and De La Salle Academy, respectively. AIG will announce subsequent charities as the season progresses.
In addition to providing $250 for each Mets home run hit at Shea Stadium, the AIG Homers For Kids program will contribute $1,000 to the designated charity each time the Mets hit a grand slam in their home ballpark. A minimum donation of $250 will be provided if no Mets home runs are hit during a home series. Web links to the selected charities' home pages will be posted on the AIG and New York Mets' web sites so visitors can learn more about these groups and lend their support to the organizations.
"The AIG Homers For Kids program is a way for us to highlight and support some of the worthwhile organizations that serve the youth of our community while we celebrate America's pastime," said Steven A. Rautenberg, Vice President, Communications, American International Group, Inc. "We are pleased to be working with the New York Mets on this program and look forward to an exciting season."
About the Charities
New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund
The New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund, Inc. was established in 1985 to assist the families of Police Officers and Firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. Though the fund was initially created to assist the families of Police Officers and Firefighters only, after the tragic events of September 11, the fund included the families of Port Authority Officers and Emergency Medical Service professionals. Since 1986, the fund has distributed over $78 million to afflicted families and another $64 million has been designated to be paid out over the next decade. For more information, visit www.nypfwc.org or call 631-544-4616.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BigsNYC) has transformed the lives of New York City's neediest youth through mentoring. More recently, BigsNYC has developed programs to help particularly at-risk youth such as new immigrants, teen mothers, recently incarcerated youth, and those still traumatized by 9/11. Each one-to-one match between a mentor and a child is carefully monitored and nurtured by case managers to ensure the most rewarding experience. For more information, visit www.BigsNYC.org or call 1-888-BigsNYC.
De La Salle Academy
Founded in 1984 by Brother Brian Carty, FSC, De La Salle Academy is a private, independent, non-sectarian middle school located in Manhattan. Since its inception, De La Salle has continued to offer academically talented boys and girls in grades six through eight from low-income and working-class families a challenging curriculum in a supportive and non-competitive environment. De La Salle offers a needs-blind admissions policy; over 80% of the school's annual budget is raised from foundations, corporations, and individual supporters. De La Salle graduates attend some of the best private day, boarding, specialized public, and parochial high schools in New York and New England. For more information, visit www.delasalleacademy.com or call 212-316-5840.
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is the world's leading international insurance and financial services organization, with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG member companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. In the United States, AIG companies are the largest underwriters of commercial and industrial insurance and AIG American General is a top-ranked life insurer. AIG's global businesses also include retirement services, financial services and asset management. AIG's financial services businesses include aircraft leasing, financial products, trading and market making. AIG's growing global consumer finance business is led in the United States by American General Finance. AIG also has one of the largest U.S. retirement services businesses through AIG SunAmerica and AIG VALIC, and is a leader in asset management for the individual and institutional markets, with specialized investment management capabilities in equities, fixed income, alternative investments and real estate. AIG's common stock is listed in the U.S. on the New York Stock Exchange and ArcaEx, as well as the stock exchanges in London, Paris, Switzerland and Tokyo.