Essex Power makes third $10,000 donation through “Youth in Community” fund

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Essex Power Corporation has stepped up to the plate for the third straight year by helping to fund youth programming in Amherstburg.

Essex Powerlines general manager Joe Barile was at the Libro Centre Friday evening where he presented a cheque for $10,000 to the town under the “Youth in Community” fund. Manager of recreation services Rick Daly noted this was the third straight year the town has received a donation from the Essex Power Corporation and said the fund “has helped Amherstburg in many ways.”

One such way was the creation of the Essex Power Energy Zone, the multi-purpose activity room that was created just east of the eating area at the Libro Centre.

Essex Power Corporation donated $10,000 to the town of Amherstburg for the third straight year with Friday's cheque presentation part of the “Youth in Community”fund established by the power distribution company. Essex Power GM Joe Barile and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, both at the far left of the photo, stand with representatives of local youth sports groups. Youth programming will be the beneficiary of this year's grant.

Essex Power Corporation donated $10,000 to the town of Amherstburg for the third straight year with Friday’s cheque presentation part of the “Youth in Community”fund established by the power distribution company. Essex Power GM Joe Barile and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, both at the far left of the photo, stand with representatives of local youth sports groups. Youth programming will be the beneficiary of this year’s grant.

Barile said they not only are the people they serve customers, but they are owners as well.

“We therefore make a concerted effort to ingrain the company that you own into the fabric of your community,” said Barile.

Essex Power provides “general guidelines” for how they would like the money to be used but it is up to each member municipality how they use their share. LaSalle, Leamington, and Tecumseh are the other municipalities served by Essex Power.

“The best part of the Youth in Community fund event like this is we get to see the groups and individuals that have or will benefit,” said Barile, as members of Skate Amherstburg and other recreational groups looked on.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo accepted the donation on behalf of the town with Bill Wark, the town’s other representative on the Essex Power board of directors also being in attendance.

“Amherstburg is a proud partner in Essex Power,” said DiCarlo. “They are not just a distribution company, but a group of people committed to the communities they serve.”

DiCarlo noted the money is put to good use.

“With this grant from the Essex Power Corporation, the recreation division is able to provide many programs, events and activities such as Skate Amherstburg’s STARskate program, the end of summer Family Appreciation Day, the Amherstburg Sharks swim meet and the Holiday Family Movie Night,” stated DiCarlo. “Essex Power is a true corporate friend to the town. Their contribution allows us to look at program development for our young residents on a continuous basis.”

The town states the 2016 contribution will continue to be utilized to assist with existing youth programming costs, special event activities and the development of new programs geared towards Amherstburg’s youth.

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