Chicago's "Neighborhood Heroes" Take A Bow During Black History Month

    Chicago's "Neighborhood Heroes" Take A Bow During Black History Month

ComEd launches "The Power of One" campaign

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2014

CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Diane Latiker, a mother of eight and
grandmother to 13, began her outreach by opening her home as a safe haven to
kids on the block. Her compassion to help a few has created an award-winning
non-profit organization, "Kids off the Block," dedicated to providing more
than 1,500 young people positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy,
violence, and the juvenile justice system. Today she has a center that
services nearly 50 young people each day for tutoring, counseling or
activities such as sports, drama, dance and music.

In honor of Black History Month, ComEd launched its "Power of One" campaign to
recognize unsung heroes, like Diane, who are making a difference in the
community. The campaign profiles 28 inspiring Chicago-area "Neighborhood
Heroes," and their unique stories of how they are powering lives.

"We are pleased to honor our heroes for their remarkable contributions to
their neighborhoods and Chicago's rich African American heritage," said Kevin
Brookins, senior vice president of strategy and administration, ComEd. "For
more than 100 years, ComEd has been committed to serving the communities where
our customers and employees live and work, and this campaign is an extension
of this longstanding commitment."

"The Power of One" campaign includes videos profiling the neighborhood heroes.
Beginning Feb. 1, all heroes will be profiled on ComEd's website, and its social media channels and
Twitter (@ComEd). In addition, the heroes will be highlighted in a series of
radio, out of home, print and digital advertisements.

ComEd also invites the general public to nominate someone to be the next
featured neighborhood hero. Visit and click on the
"Nominate" section for more information.

ComEd's "The Power of One" neighborhood heroes:

Name                  Neighborhood     Organization
Anta Njie             West Chatham     Anta's Promise: Collect, Care and Share
Betty Price           Englewood        Feed, Clothe, Help the Needy (FCHN)
Brenda Palms Barber   North Lawndale   North Lawndale Employment Network
Carl D. West          Bronzeville      TRUTH 4 Literacy After School Program
Charisma Cannon       South Shore      ShoeHeals
Charles Leeks         North Lawndale   Neighborhood Housing Services
Che "Rhymefest" Smith Chatham          Donda's House
Cheryl Johnson        Altgeld Gardens  People for Community Recovery
Cliff Rome            Bronzeville      Rome's Joy Catering
David Peterson, Jr.   Pullman          A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter
Diane Latiker         Roseland         Kids Off The Block
Elizabeth Gardner     Woodlawn         The Woodlawn Community Summit
Ernest Dawkins        Englewood        Englewood Jazz Festival
Felicia Houston       South Loop       Anointed Wives Ministry
Halleemah Nash        South Loop       Israel Idonije Foundation
J. Michael Carr, Jr.  South Shore      The Fathers for the Future Foundation
Jackie Taylor         Uptown           Black Ensemble Theater
Kamau Murray          Washington Park  XS Tennis and Education Foundation
Kelly Fair            Roseland         Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring
Kim Tyler             Bronzeville      ENDURE Productions
Kimberley Rudd        Auburn Gresham   Shift to Fitness
Larry Roberts, Jr.    Glendale Heights Larry's Barber College
Leonardo D. Gilbert   Roseland         West Pullman Food Network
Mable Taplin          South Shore      Joanie Girl's Heart
Mark Harris           Englewood        Englewood Film Festival
Naomi Davis           Woodlawn         Blacks In Green (BIG)
Rev. Gregory Powell   Matteson         New Faith Baptist International
Tina Harbin           Englewood        Greater Englewood Community Development

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider,
with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to
approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of
the state's population.


Contact: ComEd Media Relations, (312) 394-3500,
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