Fossey Fund News

Octber 3, 2011

Corning Donates $25,000 to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Funds to support ongoing research and preservation of the endangered species that inspired Corning’s industry-leading Gorilla® Glass technology.

CORNING, N.Y. — Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today a $25,000 cash donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, becoming an official corporate partner. The donation will support the organization’s ongoing efforts to conserve and protect gorillas and their habitats in Africa. 

“We are very excited to give back to the animals that inspired our tough, yet beautiful Corning® Gorilla® Glass,” said Daniel F. Collins, Corning’s division vice president of Corporate Communications. “The Fossey Fund is an incredible organization that makes a remarkable difference in gorilla conservation. With a similar spirit and dedication toward research and action, it was also an organization that naturally aligned with Corning’s longstanding values.”

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is committed to the conservation and protection of gorillas. The organization has programs throughout Africa that help gorillas through rescue, rehabilitation, and tracking and anti-poaching patrols. The Fossey Fund also collaborates with other organizations internationally in support of habitat reserves, research, and education.

“Corning's contribution will be very beneficial to our gorilla conservation efforts in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In these areas, gorilla poaching, loss of habitat, and disease are all too common. This contribution and others like it ensure our conservation programs remain strong. We are thrilled to have a great organization like Corning partner with us,” said Clare Richardson, CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. “Corning’s contribution will be very beneficial to our conservation efforts of gorillas.”

Continuing a tradition of more than 160 years of innovation in materials science and technology, Corning Gorilla Glass is an environmentally friendly thin-sheet glass. Its exceptional damage resistance helps protect today’s most sophisticated electronic devices from the scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use. Corning Gorilla Glass is currently used by 33 major brands, designed into over 500 product models, and featured on more than 400 million devices

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

About the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Established in 1978, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. It is committed to promoting continued research on the gorillas and their threatened ecosystems and to providing education about their relevance to the world. In collaboration with government agencies and other international partners, the Fossey Fund also provides assistance to local communities through education, health, training and development initiatives.

Corning Media Relations Contact:    Corning Investor Relations Contact:
Daniel F. Collins                                      Kenneth C. Sofio
(607) 974-4197                                    (607) 974-7705
collinsdf@corning.com                             sofiokc@corning.com

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International Contact:
Erika Archibald, Ph.D.
Communications Director
earchibald@gorillafund.org
Mobile phone: 678-612-9019
Office phone: 404-624-5944
http://www.gorillafund.org

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