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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published November 06, 2013

BGE Honored with 2013 Business Philanthropy of the Year Award for Outstanding Community Service by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Business Journal



BGE Honored with 2013 Business Philanthropy of the Year Award for Outstanding Community

Service by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Business Journal

BGE took the top honor for large businesses as part of National Philanthropy Day in Maryland, hosted by the Association

of Fundraising Professionals, Maryland Chapter, Baltimore Business Journal and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce

BALTIMORE, (Nov. 6, 2013) – At today’s National Philanthropy Day in Maryland, an event that recognizes the great contributions of people and businesses dedicated to community service and philanthropic giving across Maryland, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) was honored with the 2013 Business Philanthropy of the Year Award for large businesses for outstanding community service. National Philanthropy Day in Maryland is hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Maryland Chapter, Baltimore Business Journal and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

“BGE is proud to have supported, through both charitable giving and employee volunteer support, the communities we serve since our founding nearly 200 years ago,” said Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr., president and chief executive officer for BGE. “We are so grateful to accept such a meaningful award on behalf of our incredible employees, who give their time, skills, passion and monetary support to nonprofit organizations across central Maryland who are making a difference in our communities. To date, BGE has contributed $2.5 million to nearly 200 nonprofit organizations throughout our service area, and our employees have donated more than 16,500 volunteer hours to various organizations. I am proud of the work BGE and our employees do year-round to support our customers and our communities, and we look forward to continuing that support in the years to come.”

“BGE embraces the philosophy that corporate vitality depends on the well-being of the communities they serve,” said Mark S. Furst, president and chief executive officer, United Way of Central Maryland. “Through thoughtful social investments of time and money, BGE has strived to enhance the quality of life in the communities where their employees, customers and families live. As a prime example of their volunteer spirit with United Way last year, BGE employees volunteered 4,500 hours during the United Way campaign, and they contributed $1 million, which included a match for Maryland.”

Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, economic development, environment and arts and culture.  BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years.

BGE’s volunteer program engages employees from all parts of the company, and recognizes the importance of their efforts in building relationships with our customers and communities to make a positive and lasting impact. Through BGE’s employee volunteer network, ‘Energy for the Community,’ BGE employees lend their time and passion to corporate citizenship activities. Last year alone, BGE employees, friends and family spent more than 18,000 hours volunteering with more than 160 different community organizations.

For more information on BGE’s commitment to corporate philanthropy and employee volunteering efforts, visit bge.com.