- Baltimore residents Hugh and Joy McCormick and Mrs. Mary Dee McCormick have established an international training fund at Washington D.C. based Conservation International (CI) announced today by Peter A. Seligmann, Chairman and CEO.
The gift will establish a training endowment fund for CI employees in one of the 25 countries where CI works to conserve biodiversity. The fund will be part of Conservation International's Charles and Helen Marie Hedlund Training Initiative.
"Since the founding of McCormick & Company Inc. in 1889, the McCormick family has understood the need for proper employee training to ensure a successful business. This gift expands this legacy into the growing arena of international conservation." Seligmann said. "We are honored to have the McCormick name stand for excellence in conservationist training."
"This next century is a critical time for our planet. We must ensure that these dedicated conservationists have the tools necessary to preserve the biological wealth of the planet. This fund will go a long way to help in that effort," said Hugh McCormick.
The gift was given in honor the work of Charles J. and Helen Marie Hedlund, close friends of the McCormick's. Mr. Hedlund is the retired President of Exxon Middle East and is the founding Chairman of CI's Board of Directors.
"Throughout our lives, my wife and I have always felt the need to help capable young people reach their full potential as tomorrow's leaders. We are so grateful that Hugh and Joy share this desire with this truly generous gift," Charles Hedlund added.