TAG Smart Energy Fuels Race to Donate to H.E.A.T.

ATLANTA (January 7, 2015) – The Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Energy Society last week announced that this holiday season they have teamed up with Georgia Natural Gas to raise $5,000 for Heating Energy Assistance Team (H.E.A.T). H.E.A.T., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides one-time emergency heating fuel assistance to families in need throughout Georgia.

As an incentive to donate, Georgia Natural Gas (GNG) is offering 16 box seats to the January 31st Atlanta Hawks vs Philadelphia 76ers basketball game. For every $25 donated before January 25th, donors will be entered to win four box seats. So a $50 donation would mean a total of two chances to win. There will be four winners selected.

The Smart Energy Society selected H.E.A.T. as the beneficiary of its inaugural charity fund raiser, with a goal to raise $5,000 by December 31st. Last winter H.E.A.T. provided $577,000 to assist almost 1,700 families, and expects the need to be greater this year. Nearly 30 percent of the families served are considered working poor, approximately 40 percent survive on limited income such as Social Security and 30% were unemployed.

In Georgia, one in five households will struggle to pay their heating bills this winter. Here low-income families spend about 15% of their income on home heating, compared to less than 3% for the average middle-income family.

Households are qualified by community action organizations and, if eligible, may receive one-time energy assistance benefit of up to $350. H.E.A.T. issues a check directly to the energy provider on the client’s behalf, regardless of the energy used – natural gas, propane, electricity, oil, wood, coal or another fuel.

Cyra Davis, mom of three children aged 6 to 12 and a trained cosmetologist, suffered several medical conditions that forced her from her profession. Following a divorce, Cyra was the only means of support for her children. After exhausting all other options, she received the help from H.E.A.T. that she desperately needed.

Cyra stated when she received an energy bill that indicated zero due, “a burden was lifted, and it felt like pressure was released off my shoulders.” She is so grateful to H.E.A.T. donors for making contributions that helped her in a time of need. “A tremendous burden is gone,” she said.

The Smart Energy Society decided to support its Georgia community with an annual fundraiser benefitting a local charity. H.E.A.T. was a natural choice for the energy society. Georgia Natural Gas donated the four Atlanta Hawks box seats to help support the cause.

Contribute at http://tinyurl.com/donateHEAT and be sure to indicate Technology Association of Georgia in the drop down menu to enter the raffle for the Hawks tickets. Visit H.E.A.T.’s website, www.heatga.org, or call 678-406-0212 for more information.

The Smart Energy Society is sponsored by Oglethorpe Power and Deloitte.
For more information on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Energy Society and the H.E.A.T. fundraiser, please visit www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/smart-energy/ or contact Joseph Santoro, Associate Director of External Affairs, Technology Association of Georgia, at 404-526-6049 or Joseph@tagonline.org.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 25,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.

Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.



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