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June 17, 2011

GOV. BARBOUR ACCEPTS DONATIONS TO
MISSISSIPPI DISASTER RECOVERY FUND

Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund Inc. received $80,000 in donations to help communities recovering from the April 15 and April 27 storms and those in the path of the floods from the Mississippi River.

The fund received $25,000 each from the Junior League of Jackson and CenterPoint Energy and $30,000 from Taiwanese government officials.

"I am honored to accept these donations from our local community supporters and our international friends," Gov. Barbour said. "These generous gifts will help our communities address those needs that government cannot meet. Our people are resilient, and they will build their homes and businesses back strong."

Anyone who would like to contribute can donate either through the web site, www.mississippirelief.com, or text "MS" to "27722" to give $10 to the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund. Donors also can send a check to the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund, c/o BankPlus, 4450 Old Canton Road, Suite 101, Jackson, MS, 39211, or donate at any BankPlus branch.

"I sincerely appreciate the commitment of these organizations in helping our fellow Mississippians recover from recent natural disasters by making such a generous donation to the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund," said Bill Ray, MDRF Chairman and BankPlus President and CEO. "I encourage businesses and individuals to follow their lead by contributing to the Fund to help rebuild affected communities across our state."

The Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund has collected more than $150,000 from individuals and companies. The fund’s Board of Directors will determine the distribution of funds to address unmet recovery needs once government resources are allocated over the next few weeks and months.

"Like all Mississippians, Junior League of Jackson members have been touched by the heart breaking images of the storms and flooding that are affecting our state. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities working to overcome these disasters and we hope this donation will aid in the recovery," said Valerie Linn, 2010-11 President of the Junior League of Jackson.

“CenterPoint Energy has a long tradition of helping those in need in the communities in which we live and work,” said Steven Greenley, vice president of Gas Operations in Mississippi. “We are pleased to present these funds to help those who have been so deeply impacted by these disasters.”

The fund is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit corporation that will coordinate donations to aid residents recovering from the storms. The goal is to meet the needs of the impacted communities that cannot be met by government resources. The Disaster Recovery Fund is managed by a board made up of members from throughout the state.