Adam Slahor (815-415-2507)
MARSEILLES, IL (Dec. 22, 2009) - Exelon Nuclear's LaSalle County Generating Station and its employees are making sure the holidays are truly happy for a variety of local non-profit groups.
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, the station hosted a holiday luncheon in which it collected donations for WCMY Radio's Freezin' for a Reezin food drive, LaSalle Station's holiday gift fund for needy children, and to help an employee who lost his home in a recent fire. In all, station employees donated $4,270, which was divided amongst these three causes.
Earlier in the month, employees donated $2,100 to a turkey drive. All proceeds were donated to the Seneca, Marseilles and Streator food pantries. Food collected in an on-site promotion also helped the Seneca Food Pantry make 175 food baskets for area families.
"We would like to extend a big thank you to the employees at LaSalle Station," said Martha Tendall, who has been volunteering at the Seneca Food Pantry for 25 years. "The food baskets will go a long way in providing area families with good meals during the holidays."
As part of Operation WARM, LaSalle Station also donated more than 100 new winter coats to the Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley, the Marseilles and Seneca police departments and Illinois State Police District 15 to help keep area children warm during the chilly winter months.
"This is such a generous gift and came just in time for the winter season and the holidays," said Dave McClure, executive director of the Youth Service Bureau, a community based, not-for-profit, child welfare agency established in 1976. "We have many requests for coats, and your donation will bring lots of relief to area children. We value Exelon's continued support in our partnership to meet the ever-increasing needs of our community."
In 2009, LaSalle Station and its employees donated approximately $260,000 to local and regional non-profit groups. Approximately $200,000 of this giving was to the United Way. In addition, the station makes charitable contributions to a wide range of organizations to help LaSalle and Grundy Counties improve environmental, educational and recreational initiatives within local communities.
"At this time of year it is gratifying to be able to help as many organizations as possible," said LaSalle Site Vice President Dave Wozniak. "We wish them well in their endeavors and applaud them for their tireless efforts to help needy people in our area."
LaSalle County Generating Station is located approximately 75 miles southwest of Chicago. With both units at full power, the site produces more than 2,200 megawatts net, which is enough electricity for 2.3 million homes.
CUTLINE: Laura Imes (fourth from left) and Cathy Hetelle (far left) recently delivered non-perishable food items to the Seneca Food Pantry. Laura and Cathy, along with their colleagues at LaSalle County Generating Station, collected the food during a recent promotion on-site.