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GULFPORT, Miss. (April 16, 2020)— Hancock Whitney donates $25,000 to the South Mississippi COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund established and administered by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to support relief and recovery efforts in South Mississippi. The Community Foundation will use this contribution, as requested by Hancock Whitney, to help the City of Moss Point purchase critically needed technology and equipment to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

“With Moss Point among the South Mississippi communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Hancock Whitney hope this contribution helps local leaders and health officials further mitigate the impact of the virus on lives and livelihoods. In partnership with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, we have earmarked funding for this grant to secure the advanced technology, equipment, and resources which have proven critical in combatting this invisible enemy significantly affecting the people of Moss Point,” said Hancock Whitney Mississippi President Emory Mayfield.

While many people are working remotely to slow the spread of COVID-19, the city faces increased technology needs in order to continue to provide vital services and resources to the public  These funds will be used by the city of Moss Point to purchase and maintain the technology needed to better serve its citizens during the pandemic.

“As Mayor, it is my job to protect our community, vendors, guests, and business owners by providing them with consistent access to services even throughout this pandemic.  I am thankful for Hancock Whitney and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for providing the City of Moss Point with funding to be innovative, strategic, and accessible during this global crisis.  Your partnership has aided us in better protecting our residents through access, providing more sustainable services, “staff accessibility,” and made it possible to use more technology “innovation.”  I am grateful, especially in this difficult time as you took the time to think of Moss Point.”

“The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is honored to partner with charitably minded corporations like Hancock Whitney to fund projects that make a difference for those who are struggling during these difficult times,” said Rodger Wilder, President of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  “Our relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina shined a light on the importance of community partnerships in making thoughtful funding decisions that will have significant impact on local communities.”

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is accepting tax deductible donations to the South Mississippi COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund.  To donate or learn more about how the Community Foundation is helping donors make a difference during this time visit www.mgccf.org.

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