San Juan, Puerto Rico – (Oct. 4, 2017) — MCS Healthcare Holdings, LLC (MCS) has announced its commitment to match dollar for dollar contributions up to $500,000 in support of Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricanes Irma and María, with a goal of raising at least $1 million for Puerto Rico’s recovery from the two devastating storms.
“MCS has been proudly serving Puerto Rico for 35 years, and in these difficult moments, we wanted to step forward strongly to act on our commitment to be leaders in pushing forward the rebuilding efforts for our people,” says Jim O’Drobinak, CEO of MCS. “Many stateside friends have asked us, ‘How can I help Puerto Rico?’ With the Green for Puerto Rico Challenge, MCS will put its ‘Green’ alongside our donors’, doubling the impact of their contributions on efforts to help Puerto Rico recover.”
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María, Puerto Rico’s horizon, devoid of its traditional, lush green leaves and blossoming landscape, has become symbolic of what has happened to the Island and its people overall. Damaged trees, broken buildings, sad faces and long lines litter the view in Puerto Rico.
While we work together to rebuild Puerto Rico today, MCS announces its “Green for Puerto Rico” Challenge. Under this $1 Million funding campaign, MCS will match up to $500,000 of contributions to the Alianza por Más Compromiso Social, Inc. (the MCS Foundation) to be earmarked for use for hurricane relief. The MCS Foundation will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to other tax-exempt non-profit organizations focused on children and/or health, consistent with its mission.
Beneficiaries will include Unidos por Puerto Rico, an initiative launched by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico and other certified charities based on needs caused by the hurricanes.
Eduardo Carrera, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico added, “MCS has been a great partner of ours throughout the years. With many schools closed or impaired, we can play a huge role in supporting the families and children of Puerto Rico get on their feet again.”
MCS recognizes that everyone has the potential to be an active part of the effort to make Puerto Rico green again, for our healthcare, for our economic development, and for our children. A united and caring island stands up. Puerto Rico will be green again and together we will demonstrate why we are the Isla del Encanto. Join up, Puerto Rico needs us – Vívelo Verde.
For 35 years, Medical Card System, Inc. (MCS) has been one of the local health industry’s leading companies. Since its founding, MCS has established a solid reputation in the market for providing excellent quality services and competitive products. MCS Life Insurance Co., a subsidiary of MCS, offers a wide array of commercial health plans for groups and individuals, as well as group life insurance. MCS Advantage, Inc., through its MCS Classicare products, offers an extensive variety of Medicare Advantage coverage aimed at promoting quality of life and wellness to Puerto Rico’s Medicare population.
About MCS Foundation
Over the last seven years, MCS has donated more than $4 million to worthwhile charitable causes all over Puerto Rico, directly or through the Alianza por Más Compromiso Social (MCS Foundation), a Section 1101.01 organization, and through the MCS Sponsorship Program. In addition to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, previous recipients of MCS grants have included Caras Las Américas, Instituto Psicopedagógico de Puerto Rico, Instituto Nueva Escuela and Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, among others. For more information on the MCS Foundation, please see our website at www.mcsfoundationpr.org.
About Unidos por Puerto Rico
United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.
About Boys & Girls Club of Puerto Rico
Boys and Girls Club is a 50-year old non-profit organization that leads afterschool programs and services for boys, girls and youth between six and 18 years old. We offer them a creative and safe haven where they can develop into leaders able to reach their academic, personal and professional goals. Our innovative program is focused on career and entrepreneurship development, and we provide them the resources they need to obtain a dignifying job that may secure their financial stability. Last year, we served more than 19,000 thousand girls, boys, youth and families; and we employ more than 300 professionals island-wide. We have 13 clubs, located in Río Piedras’ Ramos Antonini housing project, Santurce’s Las Margaritas and Luis Llorens Torres housing projects, Mayaguez’s F.D. Roosevelt housing project, Villa Carolina, San Lorenzo, Carolina’s Torres de Sabana housing project, Arecibo, Aguas Buenas, Bayamón, Loíza, Vieques and Isabela. For more information, please visit our website: bgcpr.org, or call 787.728.4040.
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