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Published 9/14/2004

National City and Owens Corning Foundation Donate $150,000 to Diamante Campaign

Two community-oriented companies dedicated to supporting educational initiatives donated $150,000 to the Diamante Initiative Campaign at the 15th annual Diamante Awards.

The contributions of $75,000 each by National City and Owens Corning Foundation were the first monetary awards to the campaign and will be used to enhance scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students. The Diamante Initiative Campaign was established as part of a collaborative effort among Bowling Green State University, Lourdes College, Medical College of Ohio, Owens Community College and The University of Toledo for the development of future Latino leaders.

"Opportunities to access higher education are crucial to the development and future success of Hispanic students within the communities of northwest Ohio," said Jay Hall, President and CEO of National City-Northwest Region. "National City is pleased to support such a worthwhile educational endeavor by making a significant contribution to the Diamante Initiative Campaign."

Latinos comprise the largest and fastest growing ethnicity in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

"The Owens Corning Foundation is proud to support the Diamante Initiative Campaign as we continue its mission of making educational opportunities a priority for the community," said Dave Brown, CEO of Owens Corning. "The increased availability of educational resources for Hispanic students will enhance the future of the Latino community and contribute to the prosperity of our workforce."

National City is committed to making a lasting, positive difference in its communities through the charitable support of qualified organizations. The future of National City's communities is directly linked to quality education. To ensure a brighter tomorrow, National City continues to support programs, foundations and institutions dedicated to enhancing learning opportunities.

The mission of the Owens Corning Foundation is to improve the human, educational, civic and cultural well being of area residents through the promotion of core values and the support of community projects. Making education a key priority, the Owens Corning Foundation strives to assist others in developing literacy skills and achieving academic success. Building future leadership as well as a strong workforce and community is the focus of the Foundation.

"The generous contributions by National City and the Owens Corning Foundation to the Diamante Initiative Campaign are an exciting beginning toward the creation of an educational environment that is welcoming and accessible to Latino students," said Margarita De Leon, the Diamante Awards chair. "The Diamante Initiative Campaign appreciates the commitment that National City and the Owens Corning Foundation have made to higher education in northwest Ohio."

The Diamante Initiative Campaign is a three-year fundraising effort to benefit Hispanic students. Each higher education partner has made a financial commitment to the initiative and additional funds are being sought from local organizations and companies as well as corporations and foundations in an effort to generate Latino endowments.

The Diamante Awards were held Friday night at Owens Community College.

Proceeds from the Diamante Awards also will go to the campaign. The campaign's goal is to raise $500,000 by the year 2006. Moneys raised will be distributed to all five higher education partners to enhance academic opportunities for Latino students.


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