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JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge ambassador Grete Waitz "high fives" a runner at last year's start. With two worthy not-for-profit organizations selected as beneficiaries of this year's event, the good feelings will flow again on Thursday, May 29 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Pair of selected beneficiaries
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ROCHESTER, April 5, 2008 — When approximately 11,000 participants are on the starting line May 29 at the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Rochester, they will appreciate that their efforts over the 3.5-mile course will help benefit two worthy not-for-profit organizations.

The Environmental Science program at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill Industries have been selected as the beneficiaries for the 18th annual Corporate Challenge at RIT.

Each of these organizations will receive a donation from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation in connection with the Corporate Challenge. Charitable giving is a key component of the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Series, with locally-designated donations at each of our 12 events in six countries on five continents. More than $1.5 million has been provided to not-for-profit organizations in worldwide Corporate Challenge markets since 2005.

Many outstanding Rochester not-for-profit organizations have benefited from the Corporate Challenge in recent years. Among the beneficiaries have been Mary Cariole Children's Center; National Youth Sports Program at Monroe Community College; North Star Center at Rochester Institute of Technology; Al Sigel Center; Camp HACCAMO; Pediatric Links with the Community; YMCA of Great Rochester's Invest in Youth Campaign; and the Hillside Children's Center.

The donation to RIT's Environmental Science program will focus on revitalization activities in the northeast neighborhoods of Rochester. Environmental Science students work in collaboration with residents, neighborhood leaders, and other community partners on projects that support the community's urban agricultural initiative. The initiatives will include assisting with environmental curriculum development for an urban agricultural education center, assessing the local food system, testing photo-remediation of soil contaminants, asset-mapping using Geographic Information Systems technology, vacant parcel site assessments, and working with neighborhood youth on a neighborhood health and wellness assessment.

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester, Inc., founded in 1911, has a mission to prepare and empower people who are blind or visually impaired to be self-sufficient and contribute to their families and communities. Through a variety of entrepreneurial business initiatives, including manufacturing, call center, food service and Goodwill retail operations, the agency is able to support this mission and provide programs, services, and employment opportunities to people who are blind or visually impaired or have other barriers to employment or independence.

Registration for the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Rochester is open and you may receive support by emailing Rochester@jpmorganchasecc.com or calling (585) 367-9307.


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