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Braidwood fundraising money to benefit tornado relief

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BRACEVILLE – The Braidwood Generating Station announced this month that proceeds from its 13th annual Fishing for a Cure tournament will be directed to the Coal City and Diamond disaster relief effort.

Since Exelon’s Fishing for a Cure tournament began more than a decade ago, 16 local charities and community organizations have benefited from its proceeds. To date, the event has raised more than $300,000 for charity, according to a news release from the station.

After the Nov. 17 tornado, the question of what community effort would be the beneficiary of the 2014 event became very obvious.

“As we always do when faced with a challenge, this community comes together and endures,” Coal City Mayor Neal Nelson said in the news release. “The tornado’s energy of destruction was terrifying, but it can’t match the energy of our community to pick up the pieces and lend a hand to our neighbors. We greatly appreciate Exelon’s support.”

“This event has always been about showcasing our community spirit,” Braidwood Site Vice President Mark Kanavos said in the news release. “This year, that sense of community is greater than ever. It is gratifying to know that this tournament will be able to provide resources and assistance to those most affected.”

Exelon employees banded together after the tornado to support the effort by collecting needed items for tornado victims, fundraising and volunteering in cleanup projects.

Following the storm, Exelon donated hundreds of items needed by relief workers, including safety glasses, work gloves, safety vests, flashlights and batteries. In addition, Exelon has committed $25,000 to the local American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Illinois. The company also is matching employee donations to eligible nonprofit relief agencies, according to the news release.

The Fishing for a Cure 2014 team bass tournament will be April 19 on Braidwood Lake. Complete details including rules and entry forms will be available in mid-January. Visit www.exeloncorp.com/fishing for information.

Braidwood Generating Station’s two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 2,300 megawatts at full power – enough electricity to power more than two million typical homes.

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