News Release
June 01, 1998

DUKE ENERGY VOLUNTEERS STOCK STONE SOUP

HOUSTON - Duke Energy, one of the sponsors of the Houston AIDS Walk, concluded the company’s AIDS Awareness Week with the delivery of more than $1,000 of toiletries to the AIDS Foundation Houston’s (AFH) Stone Soup food pantry.

Duke Energy declared the week of May 11 AIDS Awareness Week in the Houston office to educate employees about HI V/AIDS and how it can impact family, friends and the community. As part of the activities, the company also was a sponsor for the Names Project, and displayed two sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the lobby in conjunction with the Houston AIDS Walk. In addition, 45 company volunteers participated in the AIDS Walk on Sunday morning at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Duke Energy and its volunteers gave more than $12,000 to the AIDS Walk through pledges, the company’s Matching Gifts Program and a corporate donation. Paul Anderson, president and chief operating officer, and his wife Kathy were Honorary Team Captains for the Duke Energy walkers.

"The AIDS epidemic has an impact on the entire Houston business community because it affects individuals from all walks of life," Anderson said. "Duke Energy is raising the awareness of its employees through this week’s activities. I support the efforts of our employees who exemplify caring and compassion for others by donating to the Stone Soup toiletries drive or by volunteering to participate in the Houston AIDS Walk."

"While drug therapies have been promising, there is still no cure and continued support from the community to help Houstonians with AIDS-related burdens is extremely important," said Sara Speer Selber, executive director of AFH. "More than 3,500 clients will receive our help this year because of the generous support of local companies such as Duke Energy."

HI V/AIDS is an epidemic that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people, mostly young, productive Americans regardless or race or gender. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics state that Houston ranks seventh in the nation in cases of HIV, and one out of every 90 Houstonians is HIV positive.

People living with HI V/AIDS often face the loss of jobs, discrimination and rejection from family and friends. They find themselves frequently without resources for housing, transportation, food, utilities, health care and companionship.

AFH responds to the needs of people living with AIDS/HIV by coordinating a range of health care, education, volunteer and social services to help improve the quality of life and maintain their sense of dignity. Prominent among these services is AFH’s Stone Soup, which provides food, toiletries and household supplies to low income clients.

Duke Energy has about 2,000 employees in Houston. Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), based in Charlotte, N.C., is a global energy company with $20 billion in assets. Duke Energy companies provide electric service to approximately 2 million customers; operate pipelines that deliver 12 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Globally the companies develop, own and operate energy facilities and provide engineering, management, operating and environmental services. Contact Duke Energy on the World Wide Web at http://www.duke-energy.com.

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