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American Express is spearheading a drive to reopen the Statue of Liberty and is asking its cardholders to donate their points and/or charge their cash contributions to “The Card.” The nation’s leading charge card issuer is also donating one cent to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation for every purchase made on its cards between December 1st and the end of January. AmEx says it is also making a direct contribution of $500,000 to the Foundation. Totally, AmEx is guaranteeing it will raise a minimum of $3 million to the effort to make critical safety improvements so that the monument can again be accessible to the public. The Statue has been closed to the public since September 11, 2001. Cardholders can donate their “American Express Membership Rewards” points to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. Each point has a value of one cent. Cardholders may also make a direct contribution and charge it to their AmEx card. Beyond the contributions, AmEx has commissioned film director Martin Scorsese to produce and narrate a documentary on the Statue of Liberty that is scheduled to air on the History Channel in mid-January. For more information or to donate money visit or call 212-561-4588. Or to make a donation using Membership Rewards points, visit or call 1-800-AXP-EARN.

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