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UGI Contribution Bolsters Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

13 Jun 2017

UGI contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross last month to continue its support of the Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign. The funds were presented to Red Cross officials during separate press conferences at the Western Berks Fire Department in Wernersville, Berks County, and at Harrisburg Area Community College’s Public Safety Center in Dauphin County.

“UGI is pleased to support the Red Cross in their efforts to prevent home fires, which take such a toll on families across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Robert F. Beard, UGI president and CEO.

Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region CEO Jeri Sims talks about her organization’s Home Fire Campaign.

This is the third year that UGI made a contribution of this size and was recognized as a Red Cross Community Partner. UGI’s donation supports the Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign in eastern and central Pennsylvania. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is aimed at reducing the number of home fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent nationally. As part of the campaign, the Red Cross offers free smoke alarm installations and works with families to create escape plans.

“UGI has been a longstanding partner with the American Red Cross,” said Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes (Ret.), CEO, American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region. “The support of UGI allows the Red Cross to bring to life its promise to always help in times of need. The generous gift of UGI makes possible this initiative to install smoke alarms and train families on escape plans which will save lives. UGI understands that a safe community is a strong community and a better place for its employees and its customers. The American Red Cross is proud to stand with UGI to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania.”

“Our partnership and support from UGI Utilities allows us to make communities safer one home at a time,” said Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region CEO Jeri Sims. “Having working smoke alarms can double a person’s chance of surviving a home fire, and an escape plan increases it even more.”

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided free of charge to communities and is made possible by voluntary donations of time and money. Visit www.redcross.org or call
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more.