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The Baker Hughes Foundation Contributes $100,000 to Houston’s Emancipation Park Conservancy

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The Baker Hughes Foundation Contributes $100,000 to Houston’s Emancipation Park Conservancy

June 18, 2022

Baker Hughes Foundation Houston’s Emancipation Park Conservancy Donation

Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli, Chief HR Officer Deanna Jones, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Nicole Durham and Baker Hughes employees present donation check to Emancipation Park Conservancy's Raymond Manning

  • Grant will support conservancy’s goal to educate, inspire and increase public awareness by providing a forum for interaction with national leaders
  • Grant announced at EPC’s annual Juneteenth celebration event, attended by Chairman & CEO Lorenzo Simonelli and Baker Hughes employees

HOUSTON – June 18, 2022 The Baker Hughes Foundation has announced a $100,000 grant to support the Emancipation Park Conservancy (EPC). The funds will support the conservancy’s mission to preserve the park’s integrity and enrich its heritage as a local, state, national and international landmark. Today’s announcement marks the third consecutive year Baker Hughes has supported EPC through charitable giving, and the grant is part of a broader commitment by Baker Hughes to participate in community programs, volunteerism and engagement with the organization.

Emancipation Park, established in 1872 in Houston’s Third Ward, is the oldest public park in Texas. Purchased by a group of African-American community leaders for one of the nation’s original Juneteenth celebrations, it was donated to the city of Houston in 1916 and remained the only public park open to Black residents for more than 20 years. Today it is home to a variety of events, programs and services available to the community such as the annual Juneteenth Celebration, financial literacy classes, youth STEAM programs, and Emancipation Conversations that cover a variety of topics that affect African Americans in Houston and beyond.

Today’s announcement with EPC aligns with Baker Hughes Foundation’s mission to promote education, environment and health and safety in the communities where the company operates. The grant was announced during EPC’s annual Juneteenth celebration event attended by Baker Hughes leadership, team members, family and friends.

 “As a long-standing and leading company in Houston, we want to give back and support the organizations making our community a better place to live and work,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes. “We are donating our resources to Emancipation Park Conservancy because of its historical significance and, importantly, how it is helping build a more inclusive city and a better world. I am proud to attend today’s ceremony, and we are proud to be a part of today’s activities.”

“We are delighted to partner with The Baker Hughes Foundation, and we appreciate their generous financial contribution, time and talent,” said Dr. Muhammad Abdur-Rashid, interim executive director of Emancipation Park Conservancy. “A partnership like this is vital as we continue our mission to support the Third Ward and Houston community with services, resources and programs during these unprecedented times.”

To learn more about Baker Hughes’ work in supporting its communities, visit our Corporate Responsibility website.

About the Baker Hughes Foundation

For 25 years, the Baker Hughes Foundation has been a steward of charitable resources for meaningful community impact. The Foundation seeks to advance environmental quality, education, health, safety, and wellness around the world by supporting organizations with shared values, demonstrated leadership, evidence of impact, financial soundness, and the capacity to implement initiatives and evaluate their success. The Baker Hughes Foundation makes strategic philanthropic contributions, matches Baker Hughes employee contributions, and awards volunteer recognition grants for outstanding employee community service.

About Baker Hughes

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