For Immediate Release
Annual event, coordinated by the company’s Spring Gardens Volunteer Group and Network of Exelon Women (NEW), featured a cookout and a “Battle of the Bands”
BALTIMORE (June 6, 2014) – Each year, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) employees donate their time, their skills and their money to charitable and nonprofit organizations across central Maryland. This week was no exception. On Thursday, the BGE Spring Gardens Employee Volunteer Group, located at the company’s South Baltimore Facility, and Network of Exelon Women (NEW), held the 3rd Annual Turkeypalooza to benefit Moveable Feast. The event featured a cookout and a popular “Battle of Bands,” made up of bands comprised entirely of BGE employees. The goal of the annual event is to raise funds and items to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need throughout the neighborhoods BGE serves.
“BGE and its employees have a long-standing history of giving back to the communities in which our employees live and work, through both charitable giving and volunteerism,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer for BGE. “To date, BGE has contributed more than $1.7 million to 112 nonprofit organizations throughout our service area, and our employees have donated thousands of volunteer hours to various organizations this year alone. I’m excited to see the great work our employees will continue to do in our communities, throughout the rest of 2014.”
Providing meals to hungry families at Thanksgiving is not new to BGE. In 1997, BGE employee John Price, supervisor of plant operations, started a tradition of delivering Thanksgiving meals to families in Baltimore City. Price formed a volunteer committee at BGE’s Spring Gardens facility, located in south Baltimore, and for the past 17 years the committee has organized an annual year-long fundraising effort that culminates in the delivery of Thanksgiving meals to families in need in south Baltimore City. This year, BGE employees will continue that tradition and provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need. The Moveable Feast, a Baltimore-based provider of healthy food to low-income residents, helps support this initiative.
Jackie Heaney, a gas supply coordinator for BGE, has led the fundraising efforts for the BGE Spring Gardens facility’s volunteer committee for more than 10 years. Throughout the year, the committee hosted a number of events to raise money to pay for the dinners, including this week’s Battle of the Bands competition and an upcoming car and motorcycle show in September.
“The reason I do this is simple: helping others matters,” said Heaney. “The fundraising, organizing and delivery of these Thanksgiving meals are about showing these families in need that someone cares about them. The volunteer committee from BGE’s south Baltimore facility knows the importance of giving back to the community, right here in our backyard. We are grateful to have the opportunity to support our local community year-round, and especially during the holiday season.”
To view photos of the Turkeypalooza event, visit BGE’s Flickr page at Flickr.com./mybge. For more information on BGE’s commitment to charitable giving and volunteerism, visit bge.com/giving.
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