News Release
June 14, 2000


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three Duke Energy employees were honored today with the company’s highest award – the Robinson Citizenship Award – representative of the employees’ extraordinary efforts to help a fellow human or save a life.

Bruce D. Dills of Franklin, N.C., Trisia K. Haygood of Charlotte, and Penelope (Penny) L. Parish of Houston, Texas, were recognized by Richard B. Priory, Duke Energy chairman, president and CEO, for their outstanding efforts at a luncheon at the company’s Charlotte headquarters.

The winners each receive 20 shares of Duke Energy stock, a watch and a certificate detailing their achievement.

Established in 1961, the Robinson Citizenship Award has annually recognized Duke Energy employees for outstanding efforts to the company and the community. The award is named for William Smith O’Brien Robinson Jr., who served as Duke Energy chairman from 1957 to 1959, and worked for the company for 53 years. Robinson died in 1967.

Bruce D. Dills, Franklin, N.C.

Nantahala Power & Light – a division of Duke Power

While traveling last year to Wilmington, N.C., to assist in power restoration efforts after Hurricane Floyd, Bruce Dills instinctively reacted to a person in need. Dills and his team were traveling at night when he spotted a motorist trapped inside a water-entrenched automobile.

Dills rushed to the motorist’s aid in water that was over his head, managed to open the car door, retrieve an elderly man inside and swam to a nearby bank. A bystander, who worked with another utility company, wrapped the man in blankets and carried him to safety. Because of Dills’ quick action and willingness to help, the man was pulled from the car just minutes before it sank.

A local radio station broadcast the story repeatedly in the hopes of identifying the two good Samaritans. A few days later, the three men were reunited during a celebration with members of the media.

Trisia K. Haygood, Charlotte, N.C.

Corporate Controller department

During routine lunch-hour walks in uptown Charlotte, Trisia Haygood frequently encounters homeless people. One Saturday while attending church, Haygood discovered that local community programs provide shelter services for homeless individuals, but not weekend meals.

She seized this opportunity to serve her community. Working with her local church, Haygood helped to establish the Grace Care and Share Ministry to provide hot meals on Saturdays for those in need. In addition to food donations from local businesses, she secured appliance and clothing donations as well.

Haygood also developed a program that encourages youth participation in the ministry. She coordinates the entire program, organizing meals and maintaining a clothing closet. The ministry also distributes clothing to three elementary schools in Charlotte. Haygood is not only a coordinator, but is also an active participant in preparing and serving meals each Saturday.

Thanks to her initiative, resourcefulness and concern for others, the Grace Care and Share Ministry touches the lives of many less fortunate individuals in Charlotte.

Penelope (Penny) L. Parish, Houston, Texas

Corporate Services

Giving her time and talents to help others is a normal way of life for Penny Parish. She has been a leader in the Houston community for many years and is actively involved on the boards of the Houston Business Forum, Mental Health Association (MHA) of Houston, Houston Grand Opera Association, Houston Grand Opera Guild, Texas Institute for Arts in Education and other organizations.

As president of the Houston Business Forum and mentor for two new recruits, Parish provides leadership and growth opportunities for young women who are new to the business world. The forum provides scholarships for higher education to women with financial challenges and awards a majority of the scholarships to minorities.

Serving as the co-chair of the Mental Health Association Development Endowment Committee in 1999, Parish led efforts to begin a $2.5 million campaign to provide financial stability and growth to the association.

While serving as president of the Houston Grand Opera Guild, Parish instituted a strategic plan that increased the membership from 300 to 3,000 in two years. As chairman of the 1999 Annual Fund Campaign for the HGO, she led a campaign that topped $2 million for the first time.

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