For Immediate Release
Company's annual golf tournament raised $160,000 and hundreds of employees will walk in the Race for the Cure on Oct. 13
BALTIMORE (Oct. 5, 2018) – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and BGE employees are busy raising awareness and funds for Susan G. Komen. Each year, employees nominate charities to support and Susan G. Komen was named the company's Cause Initiative for 2018 with a goal of raising $275,000 to support the fight against breast cancer.
"As a three-year breast cancer survivor and Komen Board member, I know firsthand the toll this disease takes on a person and their loved ones," said Valencia McClure, Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs and 2018 Cause Initiative Executive Champion. "Komen has changed the outcome for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer, and I share and advocate their vision—a world without breast cancer.
A major annual fundraiser is BGE's Smart Energy Open golf tournament in which the company's many vendors, contractors, and community partners participate. This year's tournament raised more than $160,000 for Susan G. Komen to help raise awareness about breast cancer.
In addition to the golf tournament, nearly 500 members of Team BGE will walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 13 in Columbia, Md. to help invest in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Since the Cause Initiative's inception in 2015, BGE employees, family members and friends have raised more than $1 million dollars for the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, United Way of Central Maryland, the American Diabetes Association and Susan G. Komen.
BGE is committed to community involvement and being a good corporate citizen for the communities where its employees live and work. In 2017, BGE employees and retirees contributed more than $1.125 million dollars through BGE's annual Employee Giving Campaign, with individual pledges, work-site fundraisers, and contributions matched by BGE's parent company, the Exelon Corporation, directed to local United Way campaigns. Additionally, BGE employees logged more than 22,000 hours of volunteer service to help nonprofit organizations throughout central Maryland.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.