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Thomas Fire Donations: Amgen Foundation Gives to Support Fire Victims

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Amgen Foundation announced Monday that it will donate $500,000 to support victims of the Southern California wildfires.

Of that, $200,000 will go to the United Way of Ventura County to support relief efforts for those impacted by the Thomas Fire, which began Dec. 4 near Santa Paula.

"These devastating fires have caused significant damage to our communities and impacted our staff who live in them. We are committed to assisting in relief efforts and are grateful for the firefighters and first responders who have put their lives in danger to protect our communities," Cynthia M. Patton, chief compliance officer at Amgen and chairwoman of the Amgen Foundation board of directors, said in a statement.

"During this overwhelming time, we want our friends and neighbors to know that we stand united with them now more than ever and are grateful for the support from the Amgen Foundation," said Eric Harrison, president and CEO of United Way of Ventura County. "In the days and weeks ahead, we will deploy more than $1 million that has been donated already to the United Way Thomas Fire Fund to those who have experienced devastation and heartache beyond measure."

The foundation will also match donations made by Amgen staff. The Amgen Foundation is the charitable arm of Amgen Inc., the biotechnology company headquartered in Thousand Oaks.

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