Coast Guard Auxiliary Association to receive $25,000

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc. will receive $25,000 from Chase Charity Giving as part of Chase’s $25 million commitment to charities over next two years.

CGAUXA finished in the top 100 charities in the first round of the 2011 Chase Charity Giving campaign on The group will now move to the second round to compete for an additional prize pool worth $500,000.

Located in St. Louis, CGAUXA is the non-profit arm that supports the Coast Guard Auxiliary and its volunteers in communities across the nation. CGAUXA provides outreach and educational programs to further community-based programs.

“The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association is constantly striving to strengthen the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s community outreach. Receiving this $25,000 will help ensure the great work of the Association around the country,” Jim Vass, chairman and CEO of the Association, said in a release.

In Round 2, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association will be submitting a “Big Idea” describing how it would use $500,000 to further its cause. Beginning May 19, Facebook users will vote again to select the best ideas among the top 100 charities. The 25 charities that receive the most votes will receive between $20,000 and $500,000. The winners of Round 2 will be announced on May 26.

“Facebook users have spoken and voted for some truly incredible and deserving charities. We are delighted that Chase will make a contribution to each of these worthy causes,” Kimberly Davis, president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, said in a release. “We continue to be inspired by the number of outstanding charities that choose to participate in the Chase program and the millions of fans who visit our Facebook page and vote for them. The dedication and enthusiasm of the charities and their supporters is one reason why Chase has committed $25 million for Chase Community Giving to distribute to even more charities over the next two years.”

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