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 individuals. About Duquesne Light Company Duquesne Light Company is a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy, offering superior customer service and reliability to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.
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