|AIG RENEWS HOMERS FOR KIDS PROGRAM WITH NEW YORK METS FOR 2006 SEASON; PROGRAM TO SUPPORT YOUTH CHARITIES THROUGHOUT NEW YORK|
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NEW YORK--April 20, 2006--American International Group, Inc. (AIG) today announced the renewal of the AIG Homers For Kids program with the New York Mets for the 2006 season. The AIG Homers for Kids program benefits a number of New York-based youth charities. For every home run the New York Mets hit at Shea Stadium in 2006, AIG will donate $250 to a designated youth charity.
AIG will select a new charity for each of the Mets' 21 home series. During the Mets' season-opening home series against the Washington Nationals, AIG contributed $1,250 to the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund, Inc., which was established by former Met Daniel "Rusty" Staub in 1985. During the second series, versus the Florida Marlins, AIG donated $500 to Feed The Children. The following home series, versus the Milwaukee Brewers, AIG donated $750 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. AIG will announce subsequent charities as the season progresses.
In addition to providing $250 for each Mets home run hit at Shea Stadium, AIG 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 home runs are hit during a home series. Web links to the selected charities' home pages will be posted on the AIG (http://www.aig.com) and New York Mets' (http://newyork.mets.mlb.com) Web sites so visitors can learn more about these groups and lend their support to the organizations.
"AIG is very proud to enter into our second season of the AIG Homers for Kids program with the New York Mets, said Martin Sullivan, AIG President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased that we supported a number of worthwhile charities serving New York City's youth in 2005. Our continued support of the AIG Homers For Kids program in 2006 is a way for AIG to highlight and support organizations that help the children of our community while we celebrate one of America's favorite pastimes."
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 $87 million to affected families and another $51 million will be distributed in the future. 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 disabled children, 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-Bigs-NYC.
Feed The Children
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is one of the largest and most efficient charities in the country. The mission of Feed The Children is to deliver food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster. In FY 2005, Feed The Children shipped more than 183 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing more than 1,463,000 meals each day. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in 118 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit www.feedthechildren.org.
American International Group, Inc. (AIG), world leaders in insurance and financial services, is the leading international insurance organization with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of retirement services, financial services and asset management around the world. AIG's common stock is listed in the U.S. on the New York Stock Exchange as well as the stock exchanges in London, Paris, Switzerland and Tokyo.