Duke Energy Donates $12,500 to Storm Relief Efforts in Tennessee - Duke Energy

News Release
April 12, 2006

Duke Energy Donates $12,500 to Storm Relief Efforts in Tennessee

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Duke Energy, through The Duke Energy Foundation, today contributed $12,500 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts associated with the recent tornado damage in Cumberland, Sumner and Warren counties in middle and eastern Tennessee.

“The American Red Cross continues to respond to the destruction that impacted these communities and is incredibly grateful for the contribution from Duke Energy," said Pamela Daigle, chief executive officer of the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross, which is helping facilitate distribution of the funds. "Duke Energy has consistently been a superior partner in the community and a great friend to the American Red Cross.”  

“Our neighbors in Tennessee -- communities in which Duke Energy Gas  Transmission’s (DEGT) employees and customers live and work -- have endured a tremendous loss associated with these tornadoes,” said Martha Wyrsch, DEGT president. “We hope that our contribution will assist the Red Cross in its important work of helping the people affected rebuild their lives.”

Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of nearly 1,000 chapters and blood services regions dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Led by 1.2 million volunteers and 30,000 employees, the Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 67,000 disasters, trains almost 12 million people in lifesaving skills and exchanges more than a million emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. The Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products to more than 3,000 hospitals across the nation and also assists victims of international disasters and conflicts at locations worldwide.

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in the Americas. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Elizabeth Bennett
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