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A foundation affiliated with New York Life Insurance Company has announced a 3-year, $600,000 grant to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, an arm of the New York Public Library.[@@]

The grant will support a weekly African-American history seminar program for students ages 11 to 17.

The New York Life Foundation, founded by New York Life, New York, helped start the Schomburg Center seminar program with a $1.16 million grant awarded in 2001.

In other corporate giving news:

- The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida, an arm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Jacksonville, Fla., is awarding $552,108 in grants to 9 nonprofit Florida health care organizations.

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- Aetna Inc., Hartford, has given $25,000 to the National Dental Association, Washington, a group that represents more than 7,000 black dentists in the United States and the Caribbean.

- Executives at AIG American General, Houston, gave up their usual annual holiday party and used the money to throw a party for more than 100 homeless children and their families.

The company, a unit of American International Group Inc., New York, held the party in its offices near downtown Houston.

Attendees included residents of a facility for people with disabilities run by the SEARCH Homeless Project, Houston, and babies, toddlers and preschool children who live at the SEARCH House of Tiny Treasures center.