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9th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign

Posted on: September 19, 2017

Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart

Hearth & Home Furnishings and Peoples are teaming up for the 9th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign to help local, limited-income households maintain or restore basic gas utility service. The kick-off reception will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hearth & Home Furnishings Showroom in Zelienople.

Following the reception, Hearth & Home Furnishings will donate a portion of their sales to Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program, which provides one-time utility assistance grants to families facing a utility crisis. Peoples will match the donation and all funds will be used to help limited-income families in Southwestern Pennsylvania stay warm this winter.

Tickets to the kick-off reception are $25 each, with $20 per ticket being donated directly to Dollar Energy Fund. The evening will include food, beverages, music, raffles, and a silent auction. For ticket information, please call 724-452-6732.

The Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign has provided more than $130,000 in utility assistance to local households. This amount of funding allowed for approximately 380 local, limited-income families to maintain or restore their basic gas utility service.

Direct donations to the Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign can be made online at www.dollarenergy.org (select “Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign” as the donation designation) or by sending a check to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Contributions can also be made by adding one dollar or more to your monthly Peoples bill. All donations are tax deductible and will receive a dollar-for-dollar match.

 

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34th Annual Luncheon Recap

Posted on: September 12, 2017

Annual Luncheon

On Friday, September 8, we joined our partners in celebration at the Rivers Casino for our 34th Annual Luncheon. We gathered with approximately 180 guests to honor the utility partners, employees, community organizations and leaders who worked diligently this year to bring Dollar Energy Fund’s mission to life.

The day started when more than a dozen Dollar Energy Fund employees headed to the Grand Ballroom on the second level of the casino to set up the silent auction, ticket auction, awards and to ensure that audio and visual was working properly. Guests started to arrive at registration around 11 a.m., found their tables, mingled with friends and placed bids at the auction.

Ron Giulianelli, president of Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors, began the program at noon by welcoming everyone and sharing opening remarks. Afterward, guests enjoyed a delicious buffet-style lunch that included salad, baked ziti, chicken parmesan, smoked sausage, broccoli presto pizza and more, along with an array of mini desserts.

After lunch, Chad Quinn, Dollar Energy Fund CEO, recognized utility partners that achieved milestone years of partnership with us. Valley Energy out of Bradford County, PA celebrated 10 years with Dollar Energy Fund this year, and Old Dominion Power Company and Columbia Gas of Virginia both achieved their first milestone with 5 years of partnership.

Chad also recognized our Board of Directors, who each bring unique strengths and benefits in supporting Dollar Energy Fund’s mission and growth. Overall, we currently have 17 members serving on the Board. However, we have one member whose final term is coming to an end. Elizabeth Wainwright first joined our Board in 2006 and has been an active member in the executive leadership of the organization. It has been a pleasure working with her and we have valued her time as a member of our Board of Directors. Beth, we wish you the best!

Ron Giulianelli will tell you he had the best role of the day by introducing Marty Griffin from KDKA to provide the keynote address. Marty discussed the importance of making a difference in the community using the platform you have and helping others without judgement – something that’s particularly important to our work at Dollar Energy Fund.

After the keynote address, Joe Ott, Vice President of Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors, began our awards presentation. He presented three Golden Eagle Awards, which go to community partners and friends who have “soared above and beyond” in their efforts to help the limited-income community this year. Next up, Lynn Brennan, who is currently serving on our Board of Directors, presented the Betty Ann Simon Award to an organization who has made significant contributions to the low-income community. This year, Dollar Energy Fund was proud to present Citizen’s Bank with the award. Stay tuned for a detailed post dedicated to our award recipients!

At the end of the event, we closed the silent auction and announced winners of the ticket auction. Many people took home beautiful silent auction items; the proceeds for which will help the local limited-income community stay warm this winter.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event, and a special thank you to our sponsors who made this all possible: Babst Calland, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light, FirstEnergy, Peoples Natural Gas and Pennsylvania American Water.

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Annual Luncheon

Annual Luncheon Updates and Keynote Speaker

Posted on: August 30, 2017

Keynote SpeakerDollar Energy Fund is pleased to introduce Marty Griffin as our 34th Annual Luncheon keynote speaker. Marty is an investigative reporter for KDKA-TV and the host of The Inside Story with Marty Griffin on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.

A native of Shadyside, Marty received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Ohio University and began working as a journalist in Wichita Falls, Texas. He has been with KDKA since he returned to Pittsburgh in 2003.

Marty has won many awards for reporting and investigative journalism. He is a past recipient of three prestigious Regional Emmys for Outstanding Investigative Reporting. He has also won a Broadcast Achievement Award for an Investigative Series on a Probe of the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Irvin from The Heartland Foundation of Texas. He was named the Best Talk Show Host in Pittsburgh in 2008 for the Pittsburgh Achievement in Radio Awards.

Marty has been carrying the torch for consumers in the Pittsburgh area for several years. He has worked directly with the underserved community to give them a voice and find answers to their problems. He brings passion, energy and emotion into his work to motivate and inspire others.

He and his wife Kristine Sorensen, KDKA-TV anchor and host of “Pittsburgh Today Live”, reside in Mt. Lebanon with their three children.

To see more of Marty’s work, click here.

 


 

We look forward to hosting our Annual Luncheon on September 8th and celebrating this year’s achievements with our supporters and partners. This year’s event will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Rivers Casino, located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh. Parking is free. Our luncheon will include lunch, a keynote address, awards presentation, utility recognition, silent and ticket auctions, 50/50 raffle and much more! Thank you to everyone who RSVP’d. We’ll see you next Friday!

Win VIP Access to The Pat Narduzzi Show, Presented by Dollar Energy Fund

Posted on: August 22, 2017

Pitt Football Coach Pat Narduzzi will be hosting his live, weekly radio show, alongside the voice of the Panthers, Bill Hillgrove, beginning Wednesday, August 30, at Cupka’s Café 2 on the Southside. The Pat Narduzzi Show, presented by Dollar Energy Fund, will air on SportsRadio 93.7 The FAN from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dollar Energy Fund is giving away a VIP package to attend a live broadcast of the show. To be entered to win, simply like Dollar Energy Fund on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dollarenergyfund) or follow us on Twitter (@DollarEnergyFnd). A winner will be chosen for each show throughout the season and the weekly prize includes a VIP table for four at Cupka’s Café 2, a $50 food credit and Pitt Panther merchandise.

The complete 12-show schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 30

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Week of Thursday night NC game: No Show

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Tuesday, Nov. 21 (Thanksgiving week)

 

Show schedule subject to change.

 

Like or follow today for your chance to win every week!

 

The Pat Narduzzi Show

Photo Credit: Cupka’s Café 2

ITPS’ Summer Jam Party to benefit Dollar Energy Fund

Posted on: August 9, 2017

Summer Jam Party

ITPS is throwing a customer appreciation Summer Jam Party, with proceeds benefiting Dollar Energy Fund. The event will be held on Thursday, August 31, at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Not only is this a customer appreciation event, but also a community event. You and a guest are invited to join us for food, drinks, music and fun! The event will also feature a Country Music Showdown, where local Country Bands will battle it out for a cash prize of $2,500!

Click here to pre-register for the event at no cost. If you are not registered prior to the event, there will be a $20 cover at the door with all proceeds going to charity. Download the event flyer to help us spread the word. We hope to see you there!

Utility disconnections can affect academic performance

Posted on: August 3, 2017

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At the end of this month, school will be back in session and many students will be upset to see their summer break end. For others, they are relieved to be back in the classroom. Some students can only enjoy basic utility services, such as air conditioning, heat, electricity and water, when they are in school. Unfortunately, students living in low-income households often deal with obstacles at home that can affect their academic performance.

Studies have shown that a financial hardship directly affects academic achievement due to the lack of resources and chronic stress. Over half of the children in low-income families experience utility disconnections. Utility disconnections make it very difficult for students to use different resources, such as electricity for computers, water to maintain good hygiene and enjoy a healthy meal, or having a comfortable and well-lit study environment.

More than half of the households supported by Dollar Energy Fund have children under the age of 18. By donating to Dollar Energy Fund during this academic school year, you have the opportunity to assist parents and students who have had their utility services shut off. Visit our website today and you can help assist a family facing a financial hardship.

 

Sources: American Psychological Association; Eric Jensen

RSVP for our 34th Annual Luncheon

Posted on: July 17, 2017

Registration is now open for Dollar Energy Fund’s 34th Annual Luncheon on Friday, September 8, 2017. The event will be held inside the Rivers Casino. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and the program will begin at noon.

Join us for this special event as we celebrate the success of Dollar Energy Fund and our partners over the past year. This year’s event will include lunch, words from our CEO, a keynote address, an awards presentation, silent auction and much more.

Please RSVP by Monday, August 28, 2017. You can do so online by visiting our event website. Individual tickets for the event cost $50 (agencies receive two free tickets). VIP Tables are also available, including 10 tickets and sponsorship signage.

Our Annual Luncheon will celebrate the efforts our partners, donors and friends have extended to help Dollar Energy Fund meet its mission. We will continue to take this opportunity to present awards to recognize those who are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize leaders who strive to assist the limited-income community and soar above and beyond for Dollar Energy Fund’s mission.

Click here to learn more about our awards and access nomination forms. Please submit your nominations no later than August 7, 2017, to be eligible for consideration. They may be electronically submitted to events@dollarenergy.org or faxed to 412-431-2085.

Stay tuned for more updates about the Annual Luncheon.

34th Annual Luncheon

Chad Quinn presents a 2016 Golden Eagle Award to Jennifer Schlosser.

Looking Back: #SafetyNetPGH raises $5,800 for Dollar Energy Fund

Posted on: July 11, 2017

Dollar Energy Fund participated in The Pittsburgh Foundation’s #SafetyNetPGH on May 23, 2017. #SafetyNetPGH was a one-day, online Critical Needs Alert fundraiser to seek public support for nonprofit agencies providing essential human services in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. The areas of focus included support for housing, transportation, physical and mental health, food and nutrition, and child care.

This year, #SafetyNetPGH replaced the foundation’s Day of Giving event that has generated millions of dollars for nonprofits in all areas in the past. This event specifically focused on assisting people in the region who live in or are at-risk of falling into poverty.

Donations made during this one-day fundraiser were eligible for a prorated portion of a $650,000 match pool, which was provided by The Foundation. Dollar Energy Fund received $1,467.50 in donations. The total amount raised by all organizations was $615,839, which means we are eligible to receive a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations. In addition, our total was matched by our utility partners. The total amount we have to put towards our Hardship Program is approximately $5,800.

As usual, 100% of all donations and matching funds to Dollar Energy Fund will be used to support your neighbors in need. Through our unique arrangement with our utility partners, we are able to direct all charitable contributions towards providing assistance grants through our Hardship Program. No organizational operating expenses are paid through donated funds.

Thank you for your support during #SafetyNetPGH! Your generosity is the reason we’ve helped over 9,200 PA families since October 1st. With your help, this number will continue to grow as we assist more families on their path to self-sufficiency.

Dollar Energy Fund attends the 2017 NEUAC Conference

Posted on: July 10, 2017

Several members of Dollar Energy Fund’s staff and management team attended the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) 2017 Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on June 26-28, 2017. NEUAC is a national coalition dedicated to raising awareness on the energy needs of low and limited-income energy consumers and fostering partnerships to help address these needs. For 29 years, the conference has been the nation’s leading annual meeting of energy assistance leaders.

Chad Quinn, Dollar Energy Fund’s Chief Executive Officer, is currently serving as the Chair of the Governance Board for NEUAC.

More than 600 leaders and experts within the energy assistance community, including utility companies, fuel funds, community-based organizations, government and tribal communities, attended the conference to learn more about emerging trends and best practices related to the low and limited-income families that we serve every day. These eager individuals took advantage of training and educational opportunities as well as shared experiences, common challenges, and most importantly, solutions and successes.

Dollar Energy Fund’s Director of Communications, Jody Robertson, presented at the conference. Jody discussed how Dollar Energy Fund implements its annual Cool Down for Warmth fundraiser. Her workshop gave a comprehensive look at how this successful event comes together, including an analysis of the results. She also provided attendees with information on how they can create an ice house fundraiser in their own communities.

Additionally, Chad Quinn delivered welcoming remarks and introductions for general sessions. He also presented in a post-conference session about water issues. This particular session discussed how the costs of infrastructure improvements and clean water systems are being passed on to residents, creating a significant burden for low-income customers. Chad also discussed steps to establishing a fund for water utility assistance.

Click here for more information about the conference. “Like” NEUAC on Facebook to get updates about the organization and view more photos from the event.

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(Photos by Scott Metzler)

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Award Nominations

Award nominations being accepted for our 35th Annual Luncheon in September 2018. Contact events@dollarenergy.org to find out more information and nominate someone today!

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