Duke Energy Foundation awards $260K to Florida charities

           Duke Energy Foundation awards $260K to Florida charities

PR Newswire

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 7, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Duke Energy Foundation
announced today it will provide $260,000 to seven charitable organizations in
Florida, the first of several grants the foundation will award in Florida this

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A majority of the awards will fund K-12 science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) initiatives at the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools,
the Polk Education Foundation, the Orlando Science Center and the Science
Center of Pinellas County.

"Every dollar we contribute to education is an investment in the future of our
state," said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida. "We are proud
to support programs that help teachers and engage and excite students about
energy, math and science and lay the foundation for our future leaders in
these fields."

Duke Energy will invest in the following organizations:

  o$75,000 to the Orlando Science Center
  o$50,000 to the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools
  o$50,000 to the Polk Education Foundation and Business Partnership Inc
  o$35,000 to DonorsChoose.org
  o$25,000 to the Science Center of Pinellas County Inc
  o$15,000 to the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef project
  o$10,000 to the Homeless Emergency Project Inc

The grant awarded to the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools offers up
to $3,000 to kindergarten through 12^th grade teachers who develop innovative
projects that directly impact classroom learning in science, mathematics and

At the Polk Education Foundation, funds will provide grants to teachers at 29
elementary, middle and high schools to expand their knowledge of STEM
curriculum by attending professional development workshops.

The grants will also provide STEM-related supplies to teachers. Both
organizations have received foundation funding since 2007.

Funding for the Orlando Science Center will provide an opportunity for 3,500
third through fifth grade students to visit the center and experience Science
Park, where they will participate in design challenges based on fundamental
engineering principles.

The Science Center of Pinellas County received a grant to continue offering
weather- and energy-related programming and curriculum to Pinellas County
school children.

Through the grant, more than 2,000 children will learn about energy
generation, energy efficiency and alternative energy at the center's specially
designed energy room. Both science centers have received foundation funding
since 2008.

"We work with the Duke Energy Foundation to focus its investments where we
believe we can make the greatest difference in our Florida communities," said
Glenn. "Our charitable contributions in Florida totaled more than $3.2 million
in 2012. As  part of Duke Energy, we'll continue this proud tradition and even
strive to raise the bar."

About Duke Energy
Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), provides
electricity and related services to approximately 1.7 million customers in
Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a
territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles including the cities of
St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding
Orlando. Duke Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the
future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased
energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a
state-of-the-art electricity system. More information is available at

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about
the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

Duke Energy Contact: Sterling Ivey
Office: 727-820-4722
24-Hour: 800-559-3853

SOURCE Duke Energy

Website: http://www.duke-energy.com
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