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NRG Gives And They Need Your Vote To Give Big

NRG Gives And They Need Your Vote To Give Big

Philadelphia-based energy supplier, NRG Energy, Inc., is inviting the public to support regional nonprofits by participating in this season’s NRG Gives vote, funded by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation.

This year, for the first time there’s a New Jersey non-profit being considered, The Seeing Eye a philanthropic organization whose mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye® dogs; The other non-profits are Little Smiles a volunteer driven children’s charity and PAWS is an organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless and at-risk animals.

Diane O’Mara and Steve Grandizio, of Little Smiles

Little Smiles: The volunteer-driven nonprofit works directly with doctors, nurses, and social workers to provide gifts and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness, or tragedy. Through their programming, Little Smiles aims to create “little smiles” for children in unfortunate circumstances.

 Lori Albright, and Jen Leary, co-founders of Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, winners of the 2017 NRG Gives Campaign with NRG general manager and vice president Mike Starck. They bought an additional vehicle to help them with transportation of animals rescued from fires.

Between now and October 22nd at 11:59 p.m. EDT, the public can visit nrghomepower.com/nrggives to vote. Voting is limited to one vote per day, per device. The organization with the most votes at the end of the voting period will receive a $50,000 donation, and the other two nonprofits will receive $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, based on voting totals. The results will be announced on October 24.

Dave Schrader, NRG Communications

  • Melissa Levy, PAWS
    Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society: Also known as PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society is the City’s largest rescue partner and provider of low-cost, basic veterinary care for pet owners and rescue organizations. With three no-kill shelters and a growing foster care network, the nonprofit is dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s at-risk animals.

Supporters of the three non-profits were on hand to cheer for their favorite charity.

The Seeing Eye: Recognized as the oldest existing guide dog school in the world, The Seeing Eye breeds, raises, and trains Seeing Eye® dogs to guide people who are blind and visually impaired. Since 1929, The Seeing Eye has made more than 17,000 partnerships between Seeing Eye dogs and people from across the United States and Canada.

Randy George with Ulysses, Kara Orlando, with Elvin of The Seeing Eye organization, Mike Starck, NRG general manager and vice president, Melissa Levy, PAWS,  and vice president with Diane O’Mara and Steve Grandizio, of Little Smiles.