August 5, 2014
San Luis Obispo, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) employees from Diablo Canyon Power Plant helped support Make-A-Wish on Friday, August 1, by raising $16,000 at the 17th annual Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament held at Cypress Ridge Golf Club in Arroyo Grande.
More than 200 PG&E employees and volunteers took part in the tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation's Tri-Counties chapter. Since the tournament's inception in 1997, PG&E employees have raised more than $250,000 for the chapter.
"PG&E's support through the Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament helps Make-A-Wish grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions," said Shanna Wasson Taylor, chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties. "This year's tournament guest of honor, wish kid Eliana Nunley from Arroyo Grande, was excited to thank PG&E's employees in person for their role in making wishes come true. Without the great effort of groups like PG&E our wish granting work would just not be possible.".
Eliana, 10, lives with leukemia. For her wish, Eliana requested to visit New York City and see a Broadway show. During her visit, she was able to see a performance of Evita and then go back stage to meet the actors in person.
During the post-tournament event, PG&E organizers Bill De Prater, Heather Lewis, Doug Wise and others presented the $16,000 check to Make-A-Wish's Taylor on behalf of the tournament participants.
"PG&E is honored to once again support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties as they continue to make the wishes of local children a reality," said De Prater. "Our employees are proud of their long-time commitment to Make-A-Wish and to supporting the communities in which we live and serve."
Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a nuclear power facility owned and operated by PG&E. Its two units together produce approximately 2,300 net megawatts of carbon-free power. It provides more than 20 percent of the electricity that PG&E delivers to its customers, or enough energy to meet the needs of more than three million Northern and Central Californians. Diablo Canyon has a $920 million annual local economic impact and is the largest private employer in San Luis Obispo County.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ or www.pgecurrents.com.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. With a staff of only four and the help of more than 100 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties has granted over 1200 special wishes to children in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. If you want to refer a child to Make-A-Wish, call 1-888-899-9474 [WISH]. Donations may be sent to Make-A-Wish at 4222 Market Street, Suite D, Ventura, CA 93003. For more information on these or other ways to help, visit www.tri-counties.wish.org.