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UGI Donates $100,000 to American Red Cross for Preparedness and Prevention Programs

21 Mar 2014

UGI Utilities, Inc. presented a check for $100,000 to representatives of the American Red Cross today.  The funds will support senior preparedness, fire safety and prevention, and disaster services in communities in Pennsylvania served by UGI. 

As part of the donation, UGI will be the inaugural sponsor for the launch of the Senior Preparedness Education Program conducted by the American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania. The Company will also be the prime sponsor of the Senior Preparedness and Response Initiative in the American Red Cross Northeast Pennsylvania Region.

“UGI is pleased to provide this contribution to the American Red Cross and to assist them in conducting critical preparedness and response programs in the many communities both our organizations serve,” Robert Krieger, UGI vice president of operations, said. “We are very pleased to deepen our partnership with the American Red Cross, which will assist in the delivery of essential programs and services to residents of the Commonwealth.”

American Red Cross officials stressed the importance of UGI’s donation in helping expand their services in the region.

“The American Red Cross is committed to educating our communities,” Ellen Kyzer, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania, said. “We are so fortunate to have the generous support of UGI to launch our efforts to educate seniors in Central Pennsylvania on fire hazards.  Partnerships like this make our work possible.”

Peter M. Brown, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross serving Northeast Pennsylvania echoed these sentiments.

“UGI has a long history of partnering with the American Red Cross during times of disaster and we’re excited to expand our partnership with their support for Senior Preparedness, Fire Prevention, and Disaster Response across the Northeast Pennsylvania Region,” Brown said. “Support from donors like UGI enables us to deliver the Red Cross mission every day in the communities we both serve.”

The Senior Preparedness Education Program is designed to help older Pennsylvanians be aware of fire hazards and how to prevent them. Older adults are especially susceptible to injury and death by fire, and the American Red Cross will work with senior centers and communities to host safety presentations.  Participants will receive a Personal Safety Emergency Pack, which includes an emergency poncho, blanket, hand warmers, drinking water pouch, light stick, whistle, breathing mask and a variety of basic first aid materials.

UGI’s support of the Senior Preparedness and Response Initiative will allow the American Red Cross to expand its Team Firestoppers program in Northeast Pennsylvania. The program is designed to provide prevention material to reduce the risk of home fires, to develop fire escape plans, and to practice home fire safety.

UGI employees will also have opportunities to be engaged with the American Red Cross as volunteers in a number of programs, services and activities.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Information on the American Red Cross can be found at www.redcross.org or www.facebook.com/redcross.

Additional information on the American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania is available at www.redcross.org/centralPA; on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RedCross_CentPA; and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SQValleyRedCross.

Additional information on the American Red Cross serving Northeast Pennsylvania can be found
at www.redcross.org/pa/bethlehem or at www.redcross.org/pa/reading, as well as on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/redcrossglv and www.facebook.com/berksredcrosschapter.

About UGI Utilities

UGI Utilities has headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves 660,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland.  Customers and community members are invited to visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.

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