Oklahoma City-based a la mode inc. has announced that it will defer all fees and payments for its thousands of clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama who were victims of Hurricane Katrina for as long as necessary.The company, which has numerous clients in the affected areas, also announced that it has matched the August 30th Realtor Relief Foundation donation of $150,000 in cash, to be split equally among the disaster recovery operations of the state Realtor associations in the three states. The foundation was created to provide assistance for housing-related needs of victims of disasters like Katrina. "Katrina has been the worst disaster in history as far as the number of Realtors affected," said Steve Cook, vice president of public affairs at the National Association of Realtors. "Thousands of our members have lost their homes and will have a difficult time getting back on their feet." In addition, a la mode's founder and chairman, Dave Biggers, indicated that he will ask all the company's clients to donate to the American Red Cross through the a la mode website and will personally match the total contribution up to $250,000. Information on the a la mode and NAR hurricane relief efforts can be found online at http://www.alamode.com/katrina and http://www.realtor.org.

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