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Eastman and Hilton in the Community Foundation Join Forces to Help Children

Published on 2014-07-01. Author : SpecialChem

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Since its establishment in November, 2000, the Hilton in the Community Foundation has raised more than $22 million (£14 million) for charity. One of the most popular programs that support their charitable fundraising has been the ‘Ducks for Change’ campaign. Supporters in Europe are invited to make a difference by purchasing a set of three novelty toy ducks as souvenirs of their visit. Proceeds from the sale of the ducks then are given to local children’s charities. Since its inception, the ‘Ducks for Change’ program has sold more than 165,000 sets of ducks and the funds raised from their sales have contributed to more than 130 grants to charities across Europe.

In addition to providing the non-phthalate plasticizer that makes the toy ducks safe and flexible, Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) has agreed to support the ‘Ducks for Change’ campaign by contributing to the marketing efforts with contributions of staff time and co-marketing funds. “Ducks for Change is a wonderful way to encourage guests to support local children’s charities and give back to the communities,” stated Jon Woods, Eastman Plasticizers Business Unit Director. “We are honored to be able to help promote this program and increase the amount that these great charities receive.”

 “We’re excited to be working with Eastman to increase the reach of our marketing efforts,” said Simon Sheehan, Hilton in the Community Foundation Director. “We have already established a successful fund-raising program with ‘Ducks for Change’ and are looking forward to having a partner that will help us take it to the next level.”

Eastman and the Hilton in the Community Foundation have an agreement in place to co-market the ‘Ducks for Change’ campaign starting this year and extending to at least 2017.

About Eastman

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world.

Name: John Cahill / TEL: +1 423-229-5306 / E-mail: jcahill@eastman.com

About Hilton in the Community Foundation

Hilton in the Community Foundation (HCF) was founded in 2000 to support young people in need by combating exclusion and providing skills, aspirations and opportunities. Focused on improving access to, and the quality of, education and healthcare, the Foundation mobilises local giving and targets the education and wellbeing of four key areas: disabled children, children in hospitals, children's hospices and homelessness. Grants help vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across Europe. Since its establishment in November 2000 the Foundation has donated over £14 million to charity.

Name: Samiya Rashid / TEL: +44 (0) 207 605 7642 / E-mail: Samiya.Rashid@Hilton.com

Source: Eastman


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