PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To help families still
impacted by the September flooding, Duquesne Light (NYSE: DQE) is awarding a
$100,000 grant as part of a new initiative linking Allegheny County's
"Hurricane Ivan Home Relief Program" with its sponsorship of the Pittsburgh
Home & Garden Show.
Morgan O'Brien, Duquesne Light president and chief executive officer, Dan
Onorato, Allegheny County chief executive, and John DeSantis, Duquesne Light
Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show director, jointly announced the plans today on
the floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, as construction began
for the March 4-13 event.
"Duquesne Light employees labored around the clock for several days to
restore power following the floods," O'Brien said. "Since then, our employees
have volunteered their time in neighborhoods and relief centers to assist
clean-up efforts. We're proud to support the county's efforts, and encourage
local residents to do the same through our sponsorship of the Pittsburgh Home
& Garden Show."
The $100,000 grant from Duquesne Light will support the home rebuilding
efforts of Hosanna Industries, a non-profit community organization that is
partnering with the county to rehabilitate 500 homes over the course of this
year. In addition, the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show is working with
exhibitors to donate building materials and to volunteer in the rebuilding
efforts. Throughout the show, attendees will be able to make monetary
donations or volunteer time at a flood relief assistance booth.
"The Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show gives us a tremendous opportunity to
provide additional outreach and support to our neighbors who were impacted by
Hurricane Ivan," Onorato said. "Hosanna Industries has been an incredible
partner in our communities, and I thank Duquesne Light for joining us in this
worthwhile initiative. Together, we are addressing the challenges that
residents have faced these past several months."
"Many of our neighbors need our help," DeSantis added. "At the Pittsburgh
Home & Garden Show this year, homeowners and businesses from across the region
will be able to donate money, materials, and their own time to help get these
folks fully back into their homes. In addition, we've worked with flood
relief agencies to send complimentary show tickets for the families affected
by the floods. And many of our exhibitors will offer special discounts for
these certified flood victims."
The success of these relief efforts will be largely dependent on the work
of volunteers. Construction experience is not necessary. However, volunteers
are asked to identify special skills that may aid rebuilding efforts.
Duquesne Light will include donation/volunteer forms in shopping bags being
given away at the show.
Donation/volunteer forms also are available at www.duquesnelight.com .
They can be dropped off at the flood relief assistance booth at the show or
mailed to Allegheny County Flood Relief, c/o Duquesne Light, P.O. Box 535382,
Pittsburgh, PA 15253-5382. Checks should be made to Hosanna Industries with
"flood relief" noted on the memo line. For more information on the Duquesne
Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, visit www.pghhome.com .
Earlier this year, Onorato announced the "Hurricane Ivan Home Relief
Program" and contributed $1 million in Community Development Block Grant
(CDBG) funds. In addition, the program has received more than $1.6 million in
support from foundations, community organizations, churches, businesses and
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than half a million customers in southwestern
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