BRACEVILLE, Ill. - Braidwood Generating Station announced today that proceeds from its thirteenth annual Fishing for a Cure tournament will be directed to the Coal City and Diamond Disaster Relief Effort.
Since Exelon's Fishing for a Cure tournament began more than a decade ago, 16 local charities and community organizations have benefited from its proceeds. To date, the event has raised more than $300,000 for charity.
Three weeks ago, the question of what community effort would be the benefactor of the 2014 event became very obvious. A viciously powerful and destructive tornado ripped through the communities of Coal City and Diamond. In an instant, whole families were uprooted from their homes.
"As we always do when faced with a challenge, this community comes together and endures," said Neal Nelson, Coal City mayor. "The tornado's energy of destruction was terrifying, but it can't match the energy of our community to pick up the pieces and lend a hand to our neighbors. We greatly appreciate Exelon's support."
"This event has always been about showcasing our community spirit," said Braidwood Site Vice President Mark Kanavos. "This year, that sense of community is greater than ever. It is gratifying to know that this tournament will be able to provide resources and assistance to those most affected."
Over the past few weeks, Exelon employees have banded together to support the effort by collecting needed items for tornado victims, fundraising and volunteering in clean-up projects.
Following the storm, Exelon donated hundreds of items needed by relief workers, including safety glasses, work gloves, safety vests, flashlights and batteries. In addition, Exelon has committed $25,000 to the local American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Illinois. The company is also matching employee donations to eligible non-profit relief agencies.
The Fishing for a Cure 2014 team bass tournament will be held on Saturday, April 19 on Braidwood Lake. Complete details including rules and entry forms will be available in mid-January. Visit www.exeloncorp.com/fishing for more information.
Braidwood Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 2,300 megawatts at full power - enough electricity to power more than 2 million typical homes.