News Release
Aug. 06, 1998


HOUSTON - - Duke Energy is helping Houstonians keep cool by donating $25,000 to the Channel 11 Spirit of Texas Heat Relief Drive.

Sheltering Arms is using this money to provide window air conditioning and funds for utility bills to qualified seniors, families and the disabled according to federal guidelines

Several Houston corporations have contributed to the fund, which currently totals $275,000 and is being funneled to Sheltering Arms, a United Way agency that also has administered the $2.6 million federal money. The federal dollars are expected to run out by Friday, Aug. 7.

"Houston temperatures are setting records almost every day, and we at Duke Energy feel compassion toward those in our community who are suffering the most," said Fred Fowler, Duke Energy Transmission President. "I compare this heat crisis with a hurricane or any other natural disaster: Duke Energy certainly would step up and provide whatever help was needed in the community in the face of a hurricane, and we will help Houston during this heat wave.

Listed below are several ways that you can help:

· Channel 11 and the Sheltering Arms are looking for volunteers to staff a phone bank from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the Houston Food Bank office, 3811 Eastex Freeway at Collingsworth. Any Duke Energy employees who are interested in volunteering should contact Mabel Menefee at 627-4078.

· KHOU Channel 11 is accepting cash donations from viewers. Checks may be made to Sheltering Arms/Spirit of Texas Heat Relief and mailed to:

The Spirit of Texas Heat Relief Drive

         P0 Box 11

         Houston, Texas 77001-0011

· Donations placed on a Visa or MasterCard may be made by calling 713-224-KHOU or toll-free at 888-815-KHOU from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, and Friday, Aug. 7.

· A Heat Relief Drive will take place at the KHOU studio, 1945 Allen Parkway, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. The community is encouraged to bring contributions to the station or to any NationsBank location.

Contact: Liz Johnson
Phone: (713) 627-5011
24 Hour Phone: (704) 382-8333