A storm relief fund seeded last week by a $100,000 donation from Volkswagen’s Chattanooga operations has now hit $1.1 million, officials said Wednesday.
“That was one of our really good ideas,” said Hans-Herbert Jagla, executive vice president of human resources for VW in Chattanooga.
The German automaker teamed with the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to create the Volkswagen Tornado Relief Fund after last week’s storms.
Pete Cooper, the foundation’s president, said the McKenzie Foundation also provided a significant lead gift. Most of the other donors that provided or pledged gifts are individuals, he said.
“It’s an amazing community,” Cooper said, declining to name the other givers.
Cooper said the foundation has already begun dispersing money to help tornado victims.
He said others who want to give can make a check out to the Community Foundation and specifically designate it to the fund on the memo line.
“Any donation is appreciated,” Cooper said.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...