The Firm Committee of Kirkland & Ellis, its individual attorneys and staff are contributing more than $635,000 to recovery efforts related to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the damage to the Pentagon.
In New York, the money is going to The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund; The September 11 Fund sponsored jointly by the New York Community Trust and United Way of New York; the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund; the American Red Cross; the International Association of Firefighters 9/11 Fund; and the New York Fraternal Order of Police.
In Washington, the Firm will contribute to a variety of other funds related to the Pentagon attack, including the Washington Redskins Relief Fund. Part of the contribution is to be made to the United Way in Chicago, which will in turn disburse the money to its affiliated philanthropies in New York and Washington.
"The people of New York have been badly wounded by these attacks, and we want to move quickly and publicly to do our part for the healing effort," said Kirk A. Radke, a senior partner in the Firm's New York office.
"After the terrible days earlier this month, we helped some of the affected businesses by offering them our available office space," added William H. Pratt, another senior New York partner. "They're in place in our midtown building now, and now we think it crucial to furnish financial support for those most seriously affected by the attack."
The exact amount raised as of October 11 was $635,407.