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New York Life Donates $20,000 To Wildfire Relief Effort In Texas

NEW YORK, N.Y., September 21, 2011 - New York Life Insurance Company announced today it will donate $20,000 to the American Red Cross to aid wildfire relief efforts in central and east Texas. According to the Texas Forest Service, the wind from Tropical Storm Lee and the severe drought are being blamed for one of the most devastating wildfire outbreaks in state history.

"When disaster strikes, New York Life is committed to helping our employees, agents and policyholders in the affected areas put their lives back together," said Eric Campbell, managing partner of New York Life's Austin General Office. "The destruction was widespread but also hit close to home impacting the New York Life family as well. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all those touched by this tragic event and accordingly, the company will be making a $20,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help those in need."

New York Life customers are eligible for crisis relief. For those who are in immediate financial need, New York Life can quickly provide emergency loans against the cash value of a current policy to help in recovery and rebuilding. New York Life can assist if a policyholder needs a payment extension for a short time, and also if a policy has been lost or destroyed. Policyholders should call toll-free at 1-800-695-4331 for assistance.

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States* and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings from all four of the major credit rating agencies. Headquartered in New York City, New York Life's family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments** provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as institutional and retail mutual funds. Please visit New York Life's Web site at www.newyorklife.com for more information.

*Based on revenue as reported by “Fortune 500, Ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual),” Fortune Magazine, May 5, 2011. See http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2011/faq/ for methodology.

**New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.

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