November 7, 2012 (Alexandria, VA) - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Pepco, top electric service provider to the Washington Metropolitan area for 115 years, have joined forces to extend the Pennies For Patient's High School Challenge beyond the normal classroom competition. Pepco's significant commitment to LLS's largest School & Youth campaign will help shape the philanthropists of tomorrow and raise the fundraising stakes of competing schools.
One junior or senior student from the top fundraising high school will be nominated by their respective school advisor for playing an instrumental role in the implementation of the Pennies for Patients program. This internship will be completed at Pepco's headquarters in Washington, DC over an eight-week period during the summer of 2013. The student will assist the Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility Department with the planning of the Pepco Employee Volunteer breakfast and work on special projects in the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, a space dedicated to serving area non-profit and art organizations.
The Pennies for Patients High School Challenge is a program that takes place in the DC Metro Area in February, 2013. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and develop creative fundraising ideas to support blood cancer research and patient services. "The extraordinary accomplishments of these individuals show that you can make a difference at any age," said Gabrielle Urquhart, Executive Director for the National Capital Area Chapter. "With Pepco on our side, we are eager to provide this internship to a very deserving young adult. I have no doubt we will see the benefits it will create in future generations."
The internship and overall partnership with Pepco will further develop the leadership, planning and organizational skills of the chosen individual, creating the opportunity to generate and bring new ideas back to the following year's campaign. More importantly, it will also leave a larger impact on students and fundraising, giving younger generations the tools to succeed and moving us closer to our vision of transforming the landscape of treatment and creating a world without blood cancers. "Pepco is committed to partnering with programs that are making a difference. We see this internship as a unique motivating tool in creating meaningful competition that will enhance fundraising," said Thomas H. Graham, Pepco Region President.
There are currently 340 schools recruited in the DC Metro Area to participate in the 2013 Pennies For Patients program, with 11 high schools locked into the High School Challenge in hopes of exceeding $875,000 during this year's campaign. Please visit www.schoolandyouth.org/nca or call (703) 399-2943 to learn more about how you can get your school registered to make a change in the lives of blood cancer patients and their families.
High School Challenge Participants
Annandale High School-Fairfax
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School-Montgomery
Walt Whitman High School-Montgomery
Walter Johnson High School-Montgomery
James Hubert Blake High School-Montgomery
Osbourn Park High School-Prince William
Frederick Douglass High School-Prince Georges
Gaithersburg High School-Montgomery
Lake Braddock Secondary School-Fairfax
Poolesville High School-Montgomery
Stonewall Jackson High School-Prince William