Applications now open for Duke Energy's Victories for Veterans Program

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Duke Energy is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations working to support veterans in our community to receive funds raised through their 2017 Victories for Veterans program. Through this program, Duke Energy contributes $1,000 for every Rays regular season win to organizations serving veterans in Pinellas and Pasco counties. So far this season, the donation total is $55,000.

Duke Energy will collect submissions from 501(c)(3) agencies to receive a portion of funds raised, up to $10,000 each, until August 25. Last year, the program raised $90,600 for 10 recipient organizations. Organizations can apply online at cybergrants.com/de/victoriesforveterans.

Selected organizations will be recognized at a Tampa Bay Rays home game this September during pregame festivities with an on-field check presentation by Duke Energy and Rays representatives.

"Duke Energy is proud to partner with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second consecutive year to honor local veterans through this unique initiative," said President of Duke Energy Florida Harry Sideris. "It will have a lasting effect on our community and is one of the many ways our company supports the men and women who have served our country."

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The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation's education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture. Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.