Duquesne Light and Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show to Provide Platform to Aid Families Rebuilding From Hurricane Ivan Floods

County Chief Executive Applauds Company for Grant and Home Show Focus on Flood


Feb 23, 2005, 00:00 ET from Duquesne Light

    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
     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

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