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LANXESS Donates Hundreds of Backpacks and School Supplies to Detroit Organizations

DETROIT –  LANXESS Corp. partnered with ARISE Detroit! to provide nearly 800 book bags and school supplies to seven Detroit community groups dedicated to helping city children, including Alkebu-lan Village, AYSIA CDC, Back Packing for Success Program, Be Blessed, Detroit Parent Network, Homes for Black Children, Ravendale Community Center and The Youth Connection.

Flemming B. Bjoernslev, president and CEO of LANXESS Corp. and employee volunteers spent the day filling the bags with pens, pencils, notebooks, calculators and periodic tables followed by a special presentation at a news conference.  Representatives and volunteers from the organizations along with children receiving the filled book bags were on hand.

“LANXESS is proud to partner with ARISE Detroit!, an organization committed to making a positive impact within the community,” said Flemming B. Bjoernslev, president and CEO of LANXESS Corp. “Education is one of LANXESS’ core values. We want to play an integral role in furthering the education of young people in the region.”

LANXESS is providing the school supplies in connection with its Automotive Day Detroit conference, held at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel on August 27. The industry platform brings together experts from the automotive industry, engineers, government and media representatives focusing on new technologies that enable manufacturers to meet the standards for CAFE and greenhouse emissions.

“We are thrilled that LANXESS Corp. has extended a hand to help Detroit’s school children and glad that ARISE Detroit! can play a supporting role in that effort,” said Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “This is another strong indication that as Detroiters help themselves; others will step forward to help in the city’s comeback effort.”

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, ARISE Detroit! is a nonprofit coalition of more than 400 organizations, promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to create a better Detroit. Learn more at



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