Duke Energy Foundation awards $75K to North Carolina 4-H

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CHARLOTTE AND RALEIGH, N.C. - The Duke Energy Foundation announced today it will provide the NC Agricultural Foundation $75,000 to support North Carolina 4-H.

A majority of the award will fund the 4-H Electric Congress and electric programs. This grant continues Duke Energy'’s 65 years of support for North Carolina 4-H’'s electric programs.

"“We’'re proud to continue our long-term relationship with the NC Agricultural Foundation,"” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy state president – North Carolina. "“4-H opens career opportunities to students across our state through their focus on science, technology, engineering and math. The electric programs help prepare future employees for our company and more energy-conscious citizens for our state.”"

"“Duke Energy is a faithful partner with the North Carolina 4-H, and we'’re looking forward to providing another year of excellent energy education to 4-H members,”" said Craven Hudson, executive director, NC 4-H Development Fund. 

More than 65,000 North Carolina youth participate in 4-H'’s electric and energy conservation programs, which will culminate with over 200 4-H youth and adult volunteer leaders attending the 2013 NC 4-H Electric Congress in Charlotte, N.C.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $110 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: http://www.duke-energy.com

About NC Agricultural Foundation

The NC 4-H Development Fund, managed by the NC Agricultural Foundation, increases the effectiveness and efficiency of North Carolina 4-H by providing private funding and gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.

The goal of the North Carolina 4-H program is to assist youth and adults in becoming competent, coping and contributing members of a global society, developing life skills through planned learn-by-doing experiences. 4-H is the largest youth organization in North Carolina with 20,780 youth and adult volunteers and more than 237,591 participants.