CHARITIES TO GET PIECE OF THE ROCK

CHARITIES TO GET PIECE OF THE ROCK

Over 700 Prudential insurance agents will get a piece of the rock tonight as the Prudential Foundation hands out $1.2 million in grants.

The foundation, funded by Newark, N.J.-based Prudential Insurance Co. of America, is sponsoring a $3.6 million community service program for non-profit organizations its agents are involved in.It does give us an opportunity to put our money where our mouths are, said Joseph J. Melone, president of Prudential. We encourage our employees to work in the community and this is a way to reward their efforts. It's a win-win situation, he added.

The awards are granted for specific charitable projects. For community service, 770 agents will win grants between $300 and $1,875. Thirty-eight of those agents will receive $5,000 for regional projects.

William E. Grabowski of Wilmington, Del. is one of the two national winners who will get $15,000 on behalf of the Delaware Association for the Deaf and Blind.

As a founding member of the association, Mr. Grabowski helped to organize a program for deaf and blind children to go to boy and girl scout camps.

The other national winner, John Lassiter, won for his work on behalf of the South Chicago Community Hospital.