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NYPA Donates $2,000 to Meals on Wheels

Contact:
Karen White
315-764-0226, ext. 304
karen.white@nypa.gov

October 15, 2007 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

MASSENA—The New York Power Authority showed its support for the Meals on Wheels Program with a $2,000 donation to the agency that serves seniors and homebound individuals in the Massena area.

“Meals on Wheels and its volunteers provide a valuable service to Massena and the surrounding communities. We are pleased to be able to provide funding so they can continue to offer nutritious meals to senior citizens and other individuals served by the program,” said Richard Turner, New York Power Authority (NYPA) regional manager, Northern New York.

Turner and Community Relations Specialist Jill Chamberlain presented the check to Meals on Wheels Radio Telethon Chair Mark Bogdan and Meals on Wheels Executive Director Bonnie Price during the annual fundraiser.

“We were very happy with the donation from the Power Authority. It is going to help cover the increasing cost of the food that is needed to provide hot meals for the recipients. If it wasn’t for community support, this program would not exist,” Bogdan said.

Each year Meals on Wheels volunteers make and deliver 29,000 meals to senior citizens in the Massena area. The services are provided to the elderly, disabled and others who are in need. Many of whom have limited income and are unable to leave their house.

Jill Chamberlain and Karen White of the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Project Community Relations department also volunteered to answer phones to accept pledges and bids during the final hours of the telethon.

The annual telethon raised more than $15,000.

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 About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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