Delmarva Power honored five employees at the company’s first Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony held at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

The inaugural event recognized employees who have made a difference in their communities through volunteerism in 2017.

Former Delaware first lady Carla Markell, who promoted volunteerism and mentoring during her time as first lady, gave the keynote speech in which she congratulated the volunteers on their achievements and underscored the importance of volunteers in communities across the region.

Donna Peterson, of Wilmington, a claims coordinator who has worked at Delmarva Power for 26 years, was recognized as the company’s most impactful volunteer in 2017. Peterson dedicates her time to Neighborhood House, a nonprofit that provides programs that support low- and moderate-income individuals, families and communities. In 2017, she volunteered 590 hours with Neighborhood House, helping sew baby clothes and warm hats for newborns in need.

Delmarva Power also recognized individuals for their acts of volunteerism:

— Douglas Hudson, of Selbyville, an engineering fieldman first class who has worked at Delmarva Power for 29 years, was recognized for his work with the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Co. and the Sussex County Firefighters Association. Hudson serves as an active fire policeman responding to alarms, directing traffic and operating firetrucks and as part of each organization’s senior leadership overseeing their budgets and business operations.

— Julia Reilly, of Elkton, Maryland, a legal analyst who has worked at Delmarva for 20 years, was recognized for her work with Fair Hill Stables where she volunteers as a trail guide and barn manager. Many of the horses at the stables are rescues, and Reilly works alongside a team of volunteers who cares for the horses and keeps them fed and healthy.

— Patricia Bone, of Betterton, Maryland, a storeroom manager who has worked at Delmarva Power for 22 years, was recognized for her work at the C. Henry Price II Unit 246 American Legion Auxiliary. Bone’s dedication to veterans includes fundraising, education, entertainment and life planning services designed to support those who served the country.

— Karl Reighard, of Bridgeville, a senior engineering tech who has worked at Delmarva Power for six years, was recognized for volunteering his time between the Boy Scouts of America, his local youth group and the Civil Air Patrol. In his volunteering, Reighard works alongside other community members to help shape future leaders throughout the region.

Delmarva Power encourages employee participation in community volunteer activities. In 2017, 254 Delmarva Power employees donated more than 11,200 hours of their personal time to help support local organizations, community events and volunteer initiatives.

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