August 27th
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans to receive $100,000 for ongoing oil spill relief
ABITA SPRINGS, La. – Today, August 26, 2010, David Blossman of Abita Brewery will present New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans co-president Gordon Wadge with a check for $100,000 to help the church with their ongoing oil spill relief work. 
The $100,000 gift from Abita’s SOS Fund will be used to help 40 families affected by the oil spill with direct gifts of $2500 each. 
 “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the leaders of the Abita Brewery,” said Archbishop Aymond.  “Their gift is proof that God is faithful, for as we began to fear monies for ongoing aid would run out, they have stepped up with this gift to help us continue our work and to continue to be the heart of Jesus Christ to those most in need.”
It was of great importance to Blossman and the Abita team that 100% of the funds be used for direct assistance, something Catholic Charities is uniquely positioned to do in the community.
“The response from our customers to Abita's SOS Charitable Pilsner has been amazing. The beer has only been on sale for a little over a month, so we're very pleased to be making our first donation so soon. Helping families on the Gulf Coast through these difficult times is exactly what we were hoping for when we created SOS,” said Blossman.
“We are committed to serving the people that are affected by this tragedy for the long term,” said Wadge.  “Since the beginning of this disaster, Catholic Charities has been on the ground providing food, housing supplies, direct assistance and counseling to those whose livelihoods have been threatened.  We will be there for the coastal communities through this tragedy.”
The check presentation will take place at
Through August 24, 2010 Catholic Charities:
· provided emergency assistance to 24,930 people* (9,144 families*).
· distributed $587,247 in food vouchers to affected families and $78,770 in emergency food boxes from our affiliated ministry Second Harvest Food Bank.
· distributed $228,023 in other direct assistance and baby supplies to families.
· provided crisis counseling to 8,600* people.
· Second Harvest Food Bank, a Catholic Charities affiliated ministry, has distributed about 391,086 pounds of food (about 305,000 meals) to its member agencies in 11 Louisiana parishes affected by the oil spill.
*represents some duplication in service
Families in need can visit one of five oil spill relief centers or call the toll-free Catholic Charities Care Line: 866-891-2210.  Catholic Charities is accepting monetary donations to its Oil Spill Relief Fund online at