WASHINGTON, D.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On December 8, UnitedHealth Group Executive Vice President Anthony Welters presented a $1 million check to the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. Harry E. Johnson, President and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. and General Colin Powell, a member of the Foundation’s Executive Leadership Cabinet participated in the check ceremony.
“UnitedHealth Group’s $1 million donation adds to the significant momentum surrounding the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial fundraising effort,” said General Powell. “I challenge every American to join UnitedHealth Group and the thousands of Memorial donors nationwide by making a donation of any amount today.”
“Sustaining the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for our children through the creation of this memorial is a cause we are honored to support," said Welters. "The values of equality and social change that Dr. King championed inspire UnitedHealth Group's commitment each day to advancing social responsibility and diversity in ways that foster a healthy society and a healthy company.”
The check presentation took place at the National Building Museum, which houses the Memorial Foundation. Additional participants included Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs of UnitedHealth Group, William A. Munsell, Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group, Richard Marshall, CFO of the Memorial Foundation, and Dr. Ed Jackson, Executive Architect of the Memorial Foundation.
The Memorial Foundation has raised $102 million out of the needed $120 million. Donations are tax-deductible and may be made by visiting www.buildthedream.org or by calling 888 4 THE DREAM. President Bill Clinton will help the Foundation raise a portion of the remaining funds when he headlines a Miami Dream Dinner on January 8.
UnitedHealth Group joins the following major donors to the Memorial: General Motors, Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, NBA/WNBA, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Walt Disney Company Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Ford Motor Fund, Toyota, AARP, AFLAC, BP America, Inc., CIGNA, Credit Unions of the United States, DuPont, ExxonMobil Foundation, Fannie Mae Corporation, FedEx Corporation, GE, Ann and Joel Horowitz Family Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Sheila C. Johnson-Newman, Lehman Brothers, George Lucas, MacFarlane Partners, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, McDonald’s Corporation, MetLife Foundation, National Association of Realtors (NAR), National Education Association (NEA), Nationwide Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Pfizer Foundation, Prudential Financial, Inc., Shell Oil Company, State Farm Insurance, Verizon Foundation, Viacom, Wal-Mart and Morehouse College, among others.
The Memorial Foundation has submitted its design and financial documents to the National Park Service and is awaiting a construction permit. The Memorial will be completed approximately 20 months following the beginning of construction.
About the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.
A Memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be built on the National Mall, situated adjacent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and in a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Congress passed Joint Resolutions in 1996 authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to establish a Memorial honoring Dr. King to be built in Washington, D.C. The ceremonial groundbreaking took place on November 13, 2006 and the Memorial will be completed in 2010. McKissack & McKissack / Turner Construction Company/ Gilford Corporation / Tompkins Builders, Inc. Joint Venture will serve as the Design-Build Team. McKissack & McKissack is the oldest minority-owned architectural firm in the United States. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.buildthedream.org.
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (www.unitedhealthgroup.com) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to making health care work better. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through six operating businesses: UnitedHealthcare, Ovations, AmeriChoice, OptumHealth, Ingenix, and Prescription Solutions. Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 70 million individuals nationwide.