News Release
August 04, 2003


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Power today announced a $50,000 contribution from The Duke Energy Foundation to assist former Pillowtex employees and others who have lost their jobs due to the downturn in the textile, furniture and manufacturing industries across North Carolina and South Carolina.

The donation will provide immediate assistance in two forms. A total of $25,000 will be given to non-profit health and human services agencies in Rowan, Cabarrus and Rockingham counties in North Carolina to assist with their financial outreach efforts for former Pillowtex employees. Another $25,000 will be used to establish the Duke Energy -- Carolinas Work Force Outreach Fund through Foundation For The Carolinas to provide human services and retraining aid for employees in North Carolina and South Carolina. The new fund will provide financial support to human services agencies, technical schools, community colleges and organizations that provide retraining and work force reentry assistance. Members of the public, in addition to Duke Energy and its employees, may contribute to the fund.

“Pillowtex was one of Duke Power’s largest customers and its bankruptcy reflects the continued decline of the textile industry,” said Sandra Meyer, executive vice president of customer services, sales and marketing for Duke Power. “The closing of Pillowtex will have a domino effect across North Carolina and South Carolina and the region. As a corporate leader, it’s important we play an active role in responding to these challenges through financial outreach to meet immediate needs. In addition, Duke Power will continue its focus on economic development through aggressive efforts to bring new industry to the region,” Meyer added.

To make a contribution of cash or stock to the Duke Energy -- Carolinas Work Force Outreach Fund:

  • Contact Foundation For The Carolinas at 704/973-4549.
  • Mail a check made payable to “Duke Energy -- Carolinas Work Force Outreach Fund” to Foundation For The Carolinas, 217 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202.

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