New York, September 18, 2001-President Bush today announced the formation of “The American Liberty Partnership” and its web site called “LIBERTYUNITES.ORG” in a reception this morning in the Rose Garden at the White House. LIBERTYUNITES.ORG has been established to provide information about legitimate charities involved in raising funds in the aftermath of the September 11 World Trade Center tragedy. Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub (Chairman) and Stephen J. Dannhauser (President) of The New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund were two of forty attendees to meet with the President.

“President Bush thanked us for our support and dedication in helping the families of New York’s bravest and finest,” said Rusty Staub. Staub continued, “There are many other organizations doing great things, but we have for 16 years now been taking care of every family of every New York police officer and firefighter that has died in the line of duty. We are the most efficient method for distributing your much appreciated and much needed donations. We make sure it gets directly to the widows and children of the people who have died so heroically.”

“The outpouring of support has been gratifying,” said Stephen J. Dannhauser. “We applaud the President’s initiatives to bring on-line support to those organizations which can deliver direct services to the victims and their families,” said Dannhauser.

The events of September 11 inspired unmatched acts of heroism by New York City Fire and Police Department professionals. The tragic course of events at The World Trade Center has created an urgent need for donations to benefit the families of fallen firefighters and officers. The nation’s business community and individuals are asked to send donations to help families in sudden turmoil.

The New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund is a non-profit organization that assists the families of fallen New York City firefighters and police officers. The Fund provides funds to families at the time of a death to assist with immediate expenses. In addition, the benefit fund distributes an annual check to each of the surviving families. Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub established the fund in 1985. The charity is an IRS Section 501(c)(3) corporation and has annual Certified Financial Statements from Grant Thornton CPA’s filed with the New York State Department of State. Their Tax ID number is 13-3340675.