Amgen Inc. has pledged a half-million dollars to help victims of the ongoing wildfires in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, the Thousand Oaks biotech company announced Monday.
In addition, the firm will donate $250,000 to the Ventura County Community Foundation's Conejo Valley Victims Fund to support those affected by the Nov. 7 mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, which left 13 dead, including the gunman.
Amgen said it will also match donations made by staff to qualifying relief efforts.
“Our community has endured significant tragedy with the recent senseless nightclub shooting, as well as another series of wildfires that have resulted in devastating damage and impact to our staff,” said Cynthia Patton, chief compliance officer and chair of the Amgen Foundation Board of Directors, in a statement. “We are committed to assisting in relief and support efforts and applaud the firefighters and first responders who are working tirelessly to protect and serve our communities.”
As of press time, the Woolsey and Hill Fires, which both broke out Nov. 8, continue to burn in Ventura and northern Los Angeles Counties. Fire crews have also begun battling two new smaller blazes in a residential neighborhood in Thousand Oaks and in Simi Valley near the 118 freeway.