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November 19, 2012
Contact: Jon Bobbitt (812) 356-4291

Hoosier Energy gives $10,000 donation to humane society

As part of its commitment to local communities, Hoosier Energy has contributed $10,000 to the Humane Society of Sullivan County.

"Hoosier Energy is really glad to support something this important," said Merom Generating Station Plant Administrative Coordinator Jon Bobbitt. Plant Manager Karl Back echoed his sentiments, saying the welfare of the animals taken in the by the shelter is important.

"We're really trying to be a good corporate citizen," Back said. This is the second donation Hoosier Energy has made to the organization this year.

CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving industries across rural America, matched Hoosier Energy's $5,000 donation in honor of the International Year of the Cooperative, which is being celebrated during 2012.

The Humane Society of Sullivan opened its doors in August of 2009 and accepts around 1,500 animals annually, primarily cats and dogs. Of those, about 87 percent are placed in homes each year.

Miranda Hay, president of the humane society, said the organization's operating budget is around $250,000 and that 65 percent of the funding comes from grants, fundraising and donations.

Of the $10,000 donated by Hoosier Energy, around $8,000 will be used for the purchase of essential vaccinations and medications. The remainder will go toward the purchase of a portable screen, projector and a new camera for taking pictures of shelter animals to post online.

Hay said the organization is grateful for Hoosier Energy's continuing support.