Dawson PPD employees raise about $1,000 for local charities

Lexington, Neb. – 'Tis the season for charitable giving. For Dawson Public Power District employees, that giving spirit lasts throughout the year. About $1,000 has been raised for local charities through the employee-driven program, Casual for a Cause.

"Casual for a Cause provides Dawson PPD employees the opportunity to give," said Tara Naprstek, Dawson PPD Manager of Finance and Administration. "Each quarter, we select a local charity and employees may wear casual clothing on certain days in exchange of a donation."

The first fundraiser was held in October 2012 to support the Lexington Parent-Child Center. Since then, Dawson PPD employees have donned casual clothing for the Lexington Regional Health Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, the Kurt Keaschall memorial scholarship and the Lexington Optimist Club's Operation Santa Claus.

"We all have our own charitable giving plans and philosophies," Naprstek said. "We support different causes for different reasons. With Casual for a Cause, not only do we foster a sense of giving, but also create a sense of comradely because we're uniting to support a common cause."

Naprstek selects charitable organizations based on awareness months, information from media outlets and her awareness of local organizations and fundraisers through her own community involvement.

As a company, Dawson PPD's donations are focused on promoting energy education, electrical safety, public power awareness and economic development throughout the District. Casual for a Cause is employee-driven and completely voluntary.

Dawson Public Power District is a Nebraska rural electric utility system that serves south central Nebraska along the Platte River Valley. Organized in 1937, Dawson PPD provides service to more than 22,400 electric meters and maintains over 5,700 miles of power lines. The district's territory includes all of the rural areas in Dawson and Buffalo Counties, approximately two-thirds of Gosper County, a third of Lincoln County and parts of Custer, Sherman and Frontier Counties. Dawson PPD also serves several villages including Hershey, Maxwell, Brady, Farnam, Eustis, Elwood, Eddyville, Smithfield, Overton, Sumner, Miller, Riverdale, Amherst, Odessa and Pleasanton. To learn more, visit www.DawsonPower.com.

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