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News Advisory and Photo Opportunity - Jan. 4 Event: Center for Joy to Receive Additional Support From NY Power Authority for Mentoring Program

January 3, 2007

The culmination of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) recent support for the Center For Joy’s Connections Network program will be announced on January 4 with the presentation of a ceremonial check representing NYPA’s second contribution of $25,000.  These funds will be used to further assist this mentoring program with its efforts to promote self-sufficiency, education and job-readiness skills for young people in several Niagara Falls neighborhoods.  

The Center for Joy, a Niagara Falls not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to serving the central city. Last year, NYPA provided an initial contribution of $25,000 and committed to providing a duplicate contribution contingent on the Center for Joy, Inc., raising $50,000 from other sources within three years.  The Center succeeded in meeting that goal within one year.

Horace Horton, regional manager for Western New York, NYPA, will present the check to Sister Beth Niederpruem, director, Center for Joy.

 DATE:                             Thursday, January 4

 TIME:                                9:30 am

 LOCATION:                       The Center for Joy
                                         1117 Michigan Avenue
                                         (Corner of 11th Street- opposite the Harry F. Abate Elementary School)

 PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:    An oversized check to signify NYPA’s donation will be presented and a tour of the facility highlighting resources used by the Connections Network mentoring program

 FOR MORE INFO:         Sister Beth Niederpruem, director, Center for Joy
                                     (716) 282-7588 or niederpruem@yahoo.com

                                      Joanne Willmott, community relations manager, NYPA 
                                      (716) 285-6651 or Joanne.Willmott@nypa.gov

  About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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