(STL.News) – Duke Energy and the Carolina Panthers have teamed up to bolster contributions to “Share the Warmth” — a community assistance program established by Duke Energy in 1985 to help Carolinas residents in need pay for heating expenses. The partnership includes game-day events, advertising and other outreach efforts.
A new text-to-give option allows anyone who makes a donation to receive an exclusive thank-you video featuring Carolina Panther players. Also, fans who donate at least $20 by text at the Duke Energy Share the Warmth tent on Mint Street before December home games will receive a limited-edition Carolina Panthers “Share the Warmth” scarf, while supplies last.
The Duke Energy Foundation matches contributions, dollar-for-dollar, up to $500,000.
“Winter can be a challenging time for many Carolinians who struggle to keep their homes warm while making ends meet,” said Harry Sideris, senior vice president of Duke Energy customer experience and services. “We’re excited to team up with the Carolina Panthers and their fans to help increase support for Share the Warmth, which has provided essential funding for our communities for more than 30 years.”
To kick off this season of giving, Carolina Panthers Charities will contribute $1,000 to Share the Warmth for every sack of an opposing team’s quarterback during the team’s remaining home and away December games.
During the Dec. 1 game against Washington, the Panthers defense sacked the quarterback five times for a $5,000 contribution. Track the Panthers progress using the “sack counter” available on http://www.panthers.com/fans/share-the-warmth
“We are delighted to be partnering with Duke Energy on their ‘Share the Warmth’ campaign,” said Paul McGoohan, vice president of business development for the Carolina Panthers. “As part of our community commitment, we are happy to assist in raising awareness and also make our own contribution.”
In 2019, Share the Warmth provided more than $1.1 million to more than 80 agencies in the Duke Energy Carolinas service area (primarily western and central North Carolina and upstate South Carolina) Since 1985, agencies have received more than $35 million in assistance to help income-qualified individuals and families.