06/15/2007, ANDOVER, Mass.


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Name Cindy Demers
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Henkel supports Lawrence students through the Daniel A. Edelstein Scholarship Fund

Donations from Henkel Smile program support retiree’s volunteer project

Nataly Castano and Kristin Domenech, two graduating seniors from Lawrence High School, had huge smiles on their faces during the annual awards ceremony at Temple Emanuel in Andover.  Each student received a $3,000 scholarship from the Daniel A. Edelstein Scholarship Fund.  Henkel helped make their college dreams possible with a donation to the scholarship fund from the Henkel Smile program, which supports the volunteer projects of Henkel employees and retirees.  Domenech is planning to attend Lesley University in the fall, while Castano is headed to the Massachusetts School of Art.

Henkel retiree Joel Edelstein founded the scholarship fund in 1996 as a continuing memorial to his son, Daniel A. Edelstein, who died in the midst of his college career. The fund offers financial assistance to worthy college-bound high school seniors from Lawrence, Massachusetts.  Financial need and superior academic performance are the primary criteria for selection. Sixteen students have received scholarships since the fund was established. 

In 2007, the Henkel Smile program is funding 64 employee and retiree volunteer projects in North America with donations totaling $234,000.   Henkel sets aside over $1 million annually to support volunteer projects for children and young people all over the word.  Since 2001, the Henkel Smile program has assisted more than 45,000 children in 105 countries. In the U.S., 179 projects have been funded for children with a total sum of $965,477.

The projects initiated by employees and retirees cover a wide range of themes and all the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, which are to be achieved by the year 2015. Through the Henkel Smile program, Henkel makes many important contributions that go beyond its business interests, helping to achieve these goals.

For example, 43 percent of the volunteer projects are aimed at improving primary education through projects that help finance school attendance. Additionally, 21 percent of the children’s projects contribute to overcoming poverty and hunger.  They include projects to help street children and orphans, provide meals, and improve drinking water wells and plants.

In North America, Henkel markets a wide range of well-known consumer and industrial brands, including Dial® soap, Purex® laundry detergent, Right Guard® antiperspirants, got2b® hair gels, Duck® brand duct tape, and Loctite® adhesives.

For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful.  Henkel operates in three business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives Technologies - and ranks among the Fortune Global 500 companies. In fiscal 2006, Henkel generated sales of 12.740 billion euros and operating profit of 1,298 million euros. Our 52,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our corporate claim, "A Brand like a Friend," and ensuring that people in more than 125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.