Date November 15, 2018
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Contacts Ashlee Yingling
DUQUESNE LIGHT COMPANY TO #POWERITFORWARD WITH ‘12 DAYS OF GIVING’ DOLLAR ENERGY FUND FUNDRAISER
Company Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Dollar Energy Fund Partnership With Holiday Matching Campaign Up to $10K Running Through #GivingTuesday
PITTSBURGH – In celebration of its 35-year partnership with the Dollar Energy Fund, Duquesne Light Company (DLC) is bringing its Larger Than Light mission to life this giving season by encouraging customers to donate to neighbors in need through the Dollar Energy Fund organization. To encourage donations from Friday, November 16, through Tuesday, November 27 (#GivingTuesday), DLC will be leveraging its social media platforms to highlight testimonials of DLC customers and local Pittsburghers who have received help from the organization, along with statistics that display the impact it has had on our region since its inception.
Every donation made over the ‘12 days of giving’ period will be matched by DLC. The #PowerItForward program, which DLC has conducted for the past two years, is designed to inspire holiday kindness and reciprocal goodwill among those in the community.
“For 35 years, the Dollar Energy Fund has been a pillar of support for local neighbors in need of utility assistance,” said Rich Riazzi, President and CEO of DLC. “As a founding partner of this organization, we are proud to launch DLC’s 2018 #PowerItForward program to help support their mission and encourage our fellow community members to do the same.”
Those interested in donating through the #PowerItForward program can:
Text POWER to 50555 to donate $5. Message and data rates may apply. Full terms can be found here: www.mGive.org/T. Or visit: https://www.dollarenergy.org/donate/, select a donation amount and choose Duquesne Light Power It Forward in the “Put My Donations Towards” drop-down box at the bottom of the payment page.
“Dollar Energy Fund would not be celebrating this milestone if it weren’t for the outpouring of support from utility companies, like DLC, who partnered with us from the very start,” said Dollar Energy Fund’s Chief Executive Officer Chad Quinn. “Duquesne Light’s dedication to the Pittsburgh region is evident through initiatives, like Power It Forward, which aim to spread awareness of our organization and ultimately improve the quality of life for those in our community.”
The Dollar Energy Fund was formed to improve the quality of life for limited-income individuals by providing monetary assistance for utility bills. Since its founding in 1983, the organization has helped 539,000 households by distributing more than $148 million in utility assistance and has grown to serve communities far beyond Pittsburgh.
To kick-off the fundraiser, and the holiday season, DLC is powering up its 80-foot Tree of Lights at Point State Park.
Thursday, November 15 at 5:30 pm
Ceremonial Lighting of Tree at Point State Park
At 5:30 p.m. DLC is hosting its annual ceremonial lighting of the Duquesne Light Tree of Lights with a local family from the North Side, selected by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, to commemorate the total donation made to the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania (USWPA) by DLC and its approximately 1,500 employees.
To help DLC #PowerItForward this holiday season, visit https://www.dollarenergy.org/donate/ and keep up with Duquesne Light’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
About Duquesne Light Company
Duquesne Light Company is committed to more than keeping the lights on; it powers the moments in its customers’ lives. As a next generation energy company, Duquesne Light Company’s nearly 1,500 employees are dedicated to delivering reliable and safe energy to more than a half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.
About United Way of Southwestern PA
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, serving Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette and Southern Armstrong counties, leads and mobilizes the caring power of individuals, the business community and organizations to help local people in need measurably improve their lives. United Way creates long-lasting change for the betterment of our community.
About Dollar Energy Fund
Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for households experiencing hardships by providing utility assistance and other services that lead to self-sufficiency. For more than 35 years, we’ve served the limited-income community by providing $148 million in utility assistance grants to more than 539,000 limited-income families and individuals.