NEW ORLEANS – At tonight’s Pelicans game against the Washington Wizards, Entergy leaders will present $1 million in charitable donations to Louisiana agencies committed to helping those in need.
The donations represent funds raised by Entergy customers, employees and shareholders to The Power to Care Fund. The check will be presented jointly by Charles Rice, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, Inc., and Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C., to the New Orleans Council on Aging and The Salvation Army, which administer The Power to Care program in Louisiana.
Of the just over $1 million raised, the New Orleans Council on Aging is receiving $172,793 in assistance thanks to $103,528 in customer and employee donations and $69,265 in shareholder matching funds. The Salvation Army is receiving $828,197 in assistance that includes $581,676 in customer and employee donations and $246,521 in shareholder matching funds.
While systemwide 2014 totals are not yet available, in 2013 The Power to Care provided more than $2 million in assistance to 13,814 elderly and disabled Entergy customers around the four-state area to keep the lights on and stay comfortable during extreme temperatures. This resulted in $168,271 in assistance for 996 Entergy New Orleans customers and $435,693 in assistance for 3,054 Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana customers.
The Power to Care program provides emergency bill-pay assistance to seniors and disabled customers in crisis. New and one-time customer contributions to The Power to Care are matched 1:1 by shareholder contributions – up to $500,000 annually. Employee contributions also are matched 1:1 by shareholders.
“The Power to Care supports Entergy’s commitment to improving our communities and empowering our customers,” said Patty Riddlebarger, director of corporate social responsibility. “And because none of the funds are used for administrative purposes – 100 percent of donations are used to pay the utility bills of those who need it most.”
To find out how to get assistance, or to contribute to the fund, visit entergy.com and click on the appropriate utility company. You also can check the donation box on your monthly bill.
Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 169,000 customers and natural gas to more than 100,000 customers. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. provide electric service to more than one million Louisiana customers. Additionally, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana provides natural gas service to nearly 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.