For Immediate Release
Rhea Lewis Marshall
BGE honorees receive grants for their chosen organizations of $20,000 and $5,000 respectively
BALTIMORE (June 2, 2015) — Two employees of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) were among the honorees at the ninth annual Exelon Energy for the Community Employee Volunteer Awards. A total of 18 employees of Exelon, BGE’s parent company, from throughout the country, were recognized for their commitment to service and for exemplifying Exelon’s corporate citizenship. The BGE employees and others from Maryland-based Exelon companies were recently recognized at an award ceremony at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, where they were presented with grants to support the organizations where they volunteer. Nicholas Weber, an overhead mechanic at BGE, received $20,000 on behalf of the Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department. Arnold “Gene” Cuzzart, a BGE gas system controller, received $5,000 for the Arundel House of Hope.
The Energy for the Community award winners were selected by a committee composed of leaders from the business and nonprofit communities. Chicago-based Exelon is donating a total of $145,000 in cash grants to the nonprofit organizations where this year’s 18 winners volunteer.
“We congratulate Gene Cuzzart and Nicholas Weber on this recognition and thank them for the important work they do for these organizations that provide critical services to Maryland communities,” said Valencia McClure, BGE’s director of communications and corporate relations. “We are pleased that these grants will help further support the causes that have inspired our employee volunteers.”
Weber, an Aberdeen resident, has been volunteering with the Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department 10 years. The Aberdeen Fire Department provides fire, emergency medical and rescue services to Harford County. As the fire line captain for the past five years, Weber organizes training and acts as a mentor for younger members. He volunteers at the firehouse for more than 1,000 hours a year.
Cuzzart, a resident of Glen Burnie, volunteers at the Arundel House of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides emergency, transitional and permanent affordable housing to those in need. Cuzzart, who has been volunteering at the nonprofit for five years, dedicates his time working overnight shifts during the Winter Relief Program to provide emergency housing during the coldest months of the year.
The Energy for The Community award winners will also be recognized by the American Institute for Public Service Jefferson Awards, which honor community and public service in the United States. The Exelon Energy for the Community Employee Volunteer awards program has recognized more than 95 employees and contributed nearly $1 million to nonprofits organizations since its inception.
Last year, BGE employees, friends and family logged more than 25,000 hours volunteering with more than 135 different community organizations. Equivalent to 12 years of full-time service, these volunteer efforts offer BGE’s nonprofit partners the opportunity to reinvest resources and better serve communities throughout central Maryland. BGE employees also participate as board members for 124 local nonprofits. Providing personal and professional experience, BGE executives and staff members share their skills in building stronger organizations to serve the community.
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, delivering 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. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2014 revenues of approximately $27.4 billion. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.