Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - NewsMaker
For the second consecutive year, Columbia Utilities and PALMco, family owned and operated energy supply companies, have reached their annual goal to raise $10,000 for the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), one of the largest national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. To date, Columbia Utilities and PALMco have donated over $20,000 to the ACCO through "Columbia Cares" and "PALMco Cares" initiatives and will continue expanding upon their commitment as they enter the third year of their partnership.

Since December 2013, Columbia Utilities and PALMco have been donating $1 every month for every participating new customer's gas and/or electric account to the ACCO, empowering customers to make an impact on the lives of others by simply paying their utility bills. "Columbia Cares" and "PALMco Cares," larger initiatives to give back to the local communities Columbia Utilities and PALMco serve, pledged to donate at least $10,000 in total by the end of 2014 and surpassed this goal in only three months. There is no limit to how much can be donated, and both companies continued their commitment to the ACCO by encouraging more customers to join the initiatives.

"We are proud to support ACCO's mission to enhance the lives of children with cancer and their families," said Robert Palmese, President of Columbia Utilities and PALMco. "The tremendous generosity of our customers has transformed our monthly utility bill into a source of hope and a thoughtful act of giving back. Thank you to every customer who has joined our commitment to ACCO and has helped to provide care and attention to these children and their families."

"Cancer is an insidious disease, but even more so in the body of a little child. Children aren't able to fight cancer alone so it has been ACCO's mission since our founding in 1970 to provide support to children and their families during this very difficult time. As a parent who watched my own daughter suffer the ravages of cancer as a little girl, and as the Executive Director of the American Childhood Cancer Organization, I can personally testify that there is nothing more meaningful to families going through the childhood cancer journey than the support of others to help ease the heavy load. This load is made lighter through the generous support of individuals like Robert Palmese, companies like Columbia Utilities and PALMco, and their customers. It's incredible that children with cancer benefit through the simple act of customers paying their utility bills," noted Ruth Hoffman, Executive Director of the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

The American Childhood Cancer Organization is the largest national, grassroots organizations standing at the forefront of the battle against childhood cancer. Founded by parents who themselves have faced this challenge, and joined by a national community of families and survivors, the ACCO is uniquely committed to improving the lives of children and families living with cancer and its long-term side effects, as well as bringing ever-greater awareness to the need for new, more effective treatments appropriate for cancer's youngest warriors. From providing the highest quality resources designed for children and families, to coordinating local assistance to families in need, to leading national (and even international) advocacy campaigns for greater awareness and ever-more research, the ACCO is dedicated to giving every child facing childhood cancer a fighting chance at a healthy, happy future.

Columbia Utilities and PALMco are sister companies, based in Brooklyn, New York, and owned and operated by the same family. For more information on Columbia Cares, please visit https://www.columbiautilities.com/columbia-cares/. For additional information on PALMco Cares, please visit https://www.palmcoenergy.com/palmco-cares/.

Columbia Utilities
Columbia Utilities is a family owned and operated energy supply company (ESCO) that supplies electricity, gas, and oil in New York. Our family has been in the energy business for 75 years, and we dedicate ourselves to providing quality service, customer satisfaction, dependable energy, and competitive prices. For more information, please visit www.columbiautilities.com.

PALMco
PALMco Energy is a family owned and operated energy supply company (ESCO) that supplies electricity and gas in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Our family has been in the energy business for 75 years, and we dedicate ourselves to providing quality service, customer satisfaction, dependable energy, and competitive prices. For more information, please visit www.palmcoenergy.com.


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