On Nov. 21, Duquesne Light partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Pittsburgh, a community-based mentorship program, to light the 80-foot 'Tree of Lights' in Point State Park. This annual tradition helps kick off the holiday season in Pittsburgh. Jamari Williams, a 10-year-old from the North Side and BBBS participant, was joined by his ‘big,’ Jared, to flip the switch as his family watched on proudly.
"We’re so grateful to Duquesne Light for giving our family and big brother this opportunity, and for all the wonderful things they do for the city," said Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Jan Glick. "Last year, we served 1,515 children, so this is a great opportunity for one of our matches to welcome the holiday season."
Recognizing the 'Tree of Lights' as a symbol of community in Pittsburgh, President and CEO Steve Malnight spoke for a few moments about the Company's longstanding commitment to giving back to our region
"For the last 135 years, DLC has been a proud member of this community, and we work hard every day to support it both in the work we do, and also importantly in charitable giving and participation," said Malnight. "This year alone, we've given over $1.6 million to causes and organizations that make a difference in our community and we volunteered over 3,000 hours of time to help contribute to vital organizations, just like Big Brothers Big Sisters."
#PowerItForward: Supporting the Dollar Energy Fund
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Malnight highlighted the Dollar Energy Fund (DEF), which provides utility assistance to our neighbors who are in need so they can stay warm during the winter months. DLC employees and customers are invited to join the Company in giving to DEF this holiday season. The Company will match every customer and employee donation, and has donated over $400,000 to the organization during the last year.
Customers can donate via DuquesneLight.com or on their paper electric bill.
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