Symon Contributes to the American Red Cross in Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s Devastation

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Substantial Contribution Helps Affected Residents, Regional Symon Employees and Clients

Symon presents contribution to Red Cross.

...the best thing Symon can do now is help those in need...

Symon Communications, a global provider of visual communications and digital signage solutions, announced today that the company has made a substantial contribution to the American Red Cross on Long Island Saturday, November 10, 2012 to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. The generous check was presented to Lauren McGowan, Senior Director of Development for the Red Cross by Loretta Rederscheid of Symon. The American Red Cross on Long Island is located in Mineola, New York.

“As Nassau County residents, our family personally experienced Hurricane Sandy’s devastation in our neighborhood where over 170 mature trees downed power lines and destroyed multiple homes leaving us without power for nine days and totally isolated from everyone for three days.” said Ms. Rederscheid, Symon, Director of Enterprise Solutions East. “I am so proud that Symon has chosen to donate to the Red Cross of Long Island which will directly help my family, friends and neighbors.”

Charles Ansley, CEO and President of Symon stated last week, “Our focus is to allow devastated communities to rebuild following the terrible damage brought on by Hurricane Sandy and to direct our efforts on our New York City area employees. There are over 250 enterprises we serve with over 600 installations in the New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey area. It was our team’s belief the best thing we can do now as corporate citizens is too help those in need with a substantial contribution to the American Red Cross in order to help the affected residents and businesses.”

Symon’s donation to the relief effort, in conjunction with other contributions, will enable the Red Cross to continue to offer emergency services. In addition, the American Red Cross served more than 48,000 meals between Friday, November 9 and Monday, November 12 in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, areas that were especially hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Red Cross volunteers have been helping residents by distributing relief supply bags. The bags include water, snacks and personal hygiene comfort kits, trash bags, blankets, and items for infants like formula, diapers and cleaning supplies. Information packets with useful recovery resources and tips are available.

“It is with heartfelt thanks that I accept this generous donation from Symon Communications to aid the Long Island victims of Hurricane Sandy,” said Lauren McGowan, Senior Director of Development for Red Cross.

News reports show that the Red Cross has over 5,800 disaster workers and hundreds of Red Cross vehicles have been mobilized to help. The Red Cross is helping residents who have lost their homes by providing more than 127,000 shelter stays. Parts of the area are still without heat or electrical power. Organizations including the Red Cross have already served millions of meals and handed out more than 1.7 million relief items, providing more than 57,000 health services and emotional support contacts.

Symon encourages other companies who do business in the tri-state area devastated by Hurricane Sandy to offer their support in any way they can to help the residents affected, including their own employees and clients in the region.

About the American Red Cross

The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. Although the Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes. We work in partnership with other agencies and organizations that provide services to disaster victims.

About Symon Communications, Inc.

Symon helps organizations engage, inform and influence their audiences through intelligent visual solutions. As the global leader in enterprise-class media applications, we power more than 1 million digital signs and displays, delivering real-time information, insight and relevant content for mission-critical contact center, supply chain, employee communications, retail and other public facing applications.

Symon’s advantage lies within its operating model, which offers customers a single point of accountability for all visual communication implementations, along with a state-of-the-art, fully-integrated and proven content management system. Symon's value proposition is centered on providing clients with a visual communications solution that will inform, entertain and/or positively influence a viewer’s behavior.

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