For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (June 1, 2016) – PECO and its parent company, Exelon, honored two outstanding PECO employees at the annual Energy for the Community Awards ceremony in Philadelphia today. The Energy for the Community Awards are the company's highest honor recognizing employees for their exceptional commitment to volunteering and advancing our communities.
• George Ahern, senior Claims case manager, Broomall, Pa. – Friends of Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia • Amanda Benner, senior Vegetation Management project manager, Philadelphia – Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
At the event, PECO awarded $30,000 in grants to the two local nonprofit organizations where these employees volunteer.
"Our employees are a testament to our steadfast commitment to the communities we serve," said Craig Adams, PECO president and CEO. "Our employees' passion for giving back to the communities is an inspiration to us all."
Through the Energy for the Community Awards, Exelon is recognizing 18 employees across its family of companies and donating $145,000 to nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Chicago areas. Now in its 10th year, the Energy for the Community Awards have recognized 155 employees and provided $1.1 million to nonprofit organizations.
George Ahern, senior Claims manager, Broomall, Pa. – Friends of Independence National Historical Park
George Ahern has volunteered as a park ranger at the Independence National Historical Park for 10 years. As part of the Education and Interpretation team, he engages visitors about the value of citizenship and promotes a greater understanding of how diverse people through history helped shape the United States. He also leads conversations about civic participation as it relates to promoting stewardship and conservation of national parks across the country.
"George's volunteer service has contributed significantly to enhancing the visitor experience here at Independence. His good-natured personality and enthusiasm for our nation's history makes every visitor feel welcomed and part of the story," said Maiti Gallen, Friends of Independence National Historical Park program director. "He inspires with his unwavering delight in educating people of all ages through his great knowledge of history and reverence for national treasures like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell."
Amanda Benner, senior Vegetation Management project manager, Philadelphia – Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Amanda Benner joined the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) in 2013, serving as vice chair of its board of directors. She has been instrumental in developing Safe Routes Philly, an education and safety program promoting cycling and walking as fun, healthy forms of transportation for elementary school students. She also advocates for BCGP programs such as the Better Bike Share Partnership, which promotes bike sharing in low-income neighborhoods, and Cadence Youth Cycling, which introduces students to the sport of cycling while building valuable life skills.
"Amanda has been a tireless advocate for cycling, volunteering and safety education in PECO and in our community," said Sarah Stuart, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia executive director. "She brings great enthusiasm to our programs, and the community continues to benefit from her outreach promoting healthy living and bicycle safety for all ages."
In 2015, PECO employees volunteered nearly 15,000 hours with local community organizations and served as board members for 166 local nonprofits. By giving their time and talent, PECO employees help these organizations achieve their goals and make our communities a better place to live and working.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company's 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015 PECO delivered 86.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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