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Fairmont Designs Donates $500,000 To Assist Chinese Earthquake Victims

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Fairmont Designs announced that it has made a charitable donation of $500,000 in an effort to provide much-needed relief to the victims of the devastating 7.9 earthquake that struck in the Sichuan province of central China on May 12, 2008. Fairmont Designs is a leader in the international furnishings industry, serving the residential, hospitality, and cabinetry sectors. Headquartered in Orange County, California. "Fairmont has many employees in its Chinese offices and 2.5 million square feet of manufacturing space there, so the earthquake hit particularly close to home. Fairmont Designs’ goal is to give back and care for those in need," said George Tsai, Chairman of Fairmont Designs." The donation is a collaborative, company-wide effort from the chairman, shareholders, and employees of Fairmont Designs. It is being distributed by a non-profit organization to rebuild unsafe school buildings, ensuring that they meet safety code standards, and provide food, water, as well as shelter among other relief efforts in earthquake stricken regions. The earthquake struck on May 12, 2008 in central China’s Sichuan province with a magnitude of 7.9. It lasted for a long period of several minutes and was felt from as far as Bangkok, Thailand to Taiwan. Within a 4 hour period, at least 7 more earthquakes of 4.0-6.0 magnitudes struck. The death toll is at nearly 100,000 with the figures expected to rise drastically. An estimation of one-third of the buildings in Wenchuan have collapsed, including a high school burying 900 8th and 9th grade students, 2 primary schools, and the county hospital.

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