Duke Energy Awards $30,000 To Peace Center's Field Trip Performance Series

Duke Energy Awards $30,000 To Peace Center's Field Trip Performance SeriesThe Peace Center has received a $30,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation supporting the 2017-2018 Field Trip Performance Series, one of the Peace Center's Community Impact initiatives.

On the morning of Monday, April 9, Duke Energy staff members were on hand to greet local fourth and fifth grade students attending ArcAttack: Electricity. Duke Energy's South Carolina president, Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, and Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Clark Gillespy, presented a check to Peace Center Board Chairman Lynn Harton.

"We support effective education programs and initiatives that span the kindergarten-to-career spectrum," Ghartey-Tagoe said. "Our children are the future leaders of our communities, and it is so important that we contribute to their success. Supporting the Peace Center's Community Impact program is a great opportunity to do just that."

"This generous gift from Duke Energy allows the Peace Center to deliver on our mission of cultivating cultural advancement and arts appreciation in our region, specifically with our schoolchildren," Harton said. "As chairman of the board, I am extremely appreciative of their support for our efforts."

The Duke Energy Foundation grant will help fund scholarship tickets to performances for students who might not otherwise have access to the arts. The Peace Center offers thousands of scholarship tickets each year, along with show-specific curriculum for teachers to use in the classroom to supplement what their students experience at the shows.

About the Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy. More information is available at www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

About the Peace Center's Community Impact initiatives

The Peace Center's Community Impact initiatives offer rich and high-quality arts programs to more than 56,000 students and teachers annually through performances, workshops, master classes and more. The Field Trip Performance Series invites young learners to become global citizens in an active exploration of world music, dance and theater. The series currently serves 51 schools from across the Upstate and the Midlands.

For more information about the Peace Center, visit www.peacecenter.org.

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