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UGI Donates $100,000 to American Red Cross

14 May 2015

UGI Utilities, Inc. has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to sponsor the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign within UGI’s service area in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania.

The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign addresses common causes of residential fires and helps families and individuals prevent and prepare for these events. Home fires impact more people across the county each year than all other natural disasters combined, and the Red Cross program will include more than 3,000 home visits to install smoke alarms and replace batteries, complete home safety checklists and help families develop an escape plan.

“UGI is pleased to provide this contribution to the American Red Cross,” said Robert F. Beard, President and CEO of UGI.  “The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign will help residents across UGI’s service territory prepare for home fire emergencies and to install home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We are very pleased to continue our partnership with the American Red Cross through support of this program which will benefit so many Pennsylvania residents.”

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

“The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of these are home fires,” Judge (Ret.) Renee Caldwell Hughes, CEO of American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania, explained. “UGI’s continued support, along with this generous donation, helps to ensure that the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disaster across our region.”

Ellen Kyzer, CEO of American Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania, emphasized the importance of residents being prepared for home fires.  “Home fires can be a deadly threat because they happen so quickly,” Kyzer said. “We urge everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: install smoke alarms and have a family escape plan.  UGI’s gift will expand the breadth and depth of our outreach for this life saving campaign.”

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 Eastern Pennsylvania can be found at http://www.redcross.org/pa/philadelphia, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedCrossPhilly.

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

About UGI Utilities, Inc.

UGI Utilities has headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves 670,000 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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