Duke Energy Foundation donates $20,000 to Red Cross storm relief in the Carolinas

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Duke Energy Foundation today announced a $20,000 donation to the American Red Cross to support storm relief provided during this week's ice storm that hit the Carolinas.

In the wake of the storm, the Red Cross opened shelters to provide relief to displaced families.

The donation includes $10,000 to the Red Cross of Upstate South Carolina and $10,000 to the Red Cross in the Cape Fear area of North Carolina to benefit the most impacted counties from this week’s winter storm in Upstate South Carolina and Eastern North Carolina.

"Disasters can strike at any time, and affect thousands of people, said Ann Wright, executive director for the American Red Cross in Upstate South Carolina. "The American Red Cross and our volunteers are there to help our communities and neighbors in these difficult times. Our partnerships with corporations like Duke Energy make it possible for us to be there 24/7 to help people prepare, respond to, and recover from ice storms, severe winter weather and other disasters.

"Winter storms can be particularly challenging for residents of eastern North Carolina, where we often get more ice than snow, said Vicki LaBelle, executive director for the American Red Cross in the Cape Fear Area. "Without the generosity of partners like Duke Energy, the Red Cross could not provide a warm, safe place for those affected, when and where it is needed.

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation's long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation's dollars and guide the foundation's giving. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community.