Black & Veatch expands support for Christmas In October

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (1 November 2012) – Black & Veatch, through its Building a World of Difference® Foundation, is donating $100,000 to support Christmas In October (CIO) activities across the Greater Kansas City Area.

“With this generous gift, I see us providing more wheelchair ramps for the disabled and more furnaces for the elderly and veterans who would otherwise be without heat. I also see our capabilities for providing emergency repairs increasing for families in dire circumstances,” said John Summers, Christmas In October Executive Director. “My sincere thanks to the Black & Veatch Building a World of Difference Foundation and to all the women and men at Black & Veatch for their unwavering efforts to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.”

Black & Veatch has supported Christmas in October for more than 25 years. For the 2012 work days held in October, more than 440 Black & Veatch professionals, their friends and families, volunteered to assist in fixing up 21 houses in the region.

“Black & Veatch’s mission of Building a World of Difference really is a source of pride and a call to action for our professionals,” said Greg Clum, a Senior Vice President in Black & Veatch’s Federal Services Division and current CIO Board Member. “Very few things we do can have more of a positive impact on a person’s life than making their home safe, secure and livable. Working with CIO, we are truly Building a World of Difference right here in our local community.”

Since 1984, Christmas in October has helped restore more than 7,500 homes in the Greater Kansas City area to provide the gift of warmth, safety and dignity for needy families, the elderly, the disabled and veterans.


Editor’s Notes •The Building a World of Difference Foundation is Black & Veatch’s philanthropic arm that was established in 2008 and has made more than $3.1 million in charitable donations since its inception. •In 2011, the Foundation contributed more than $1 million globally to a variety of educational, public health and service organizations. More than a third of this total went to 57 organizations across the Greater Kansas City region. •Black & Veatch will present a ceremonial check to Christmas In October on Saturday, November 2, during the Tool Belt Ball, the annual Christmas In October fundraising event. Photo and interview opportunities will be available at that time.

About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building Critical Human Infrastructure™ in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2011 were US$2.6 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

Media Contact Information: Black & Veatch LINDA LEA +1 913-458-4629 P | +1 913-951-9614 M | LeaLA@bv.com 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149

Christmas In October JOHN SUMMERS +1 816 651 6027 M | john@christmasinoctober.org

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