On March 20, Washington Gas held their annual Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area. Washington Gas employees and volunteers raised more than $40,000, exceeding all past fund-raising totals in support of this organization.

Of the $40,000 total, $25,000 was raised by employees, along with a $15,000 contribution by the company. Washington Gas has participated in the Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon since 1998 and has raised nearly $200,000 for Junior Achievement over that time period. These dollars have gone directly to help nearly 4,000 students in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

“The ability of Washington Gas’ employees to work together for a common goal is not unusual, it is an integral part of our company’s culture,” stated Eric Grant, Vice President of Corporate Relations. “The fact that funds raised by our employees and volunteers consistently exceed previous contribution levels illustrates our dedication. The money raised for Junior Achievement will have a significant impact on the lives of many area children.”

In addition to fund-raising for Junior Achievement, Washington Gas employees for the past three years have volunteered their time and expertise to share Junior Achievement principles of finance and economics with more than 1,200 elementary school children in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Volunteers taught younger students the basic concepts about money and savings, while older students learned about international trade and the global economy. During recess periods, a Washington Gas field operations team taught students about natural gas safety, using lab experiments and actual equipment used in the field.

"We are extremely grateful to Washington Gas for their continued support and dedication to Junior Achievement,” said Ed Grenier, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area. "Because of their ongoing support for the past 12 years as a partner in Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon and more recently, in our JA in a Day Program, Washington Gas has made more than a decade of difference in the education of the children that we serve."

About Washington Gas

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Washington Gas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL). The parent company holds a group of energy-related retail businesses that focus primarily on retail energy-marketing and commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning services. Additional information about WGL Holdings is available on its Web site, www.wglholdings.com. Go to www.washingtongas.com for more information about Washington Gas Light Co.

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy by using hands-on experiences to help students understand the economics of life. This money goes directly to help the more than 40,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade students each year in over 20 counties and cities throughout the District, Maryland and Virginia. Go to www.ja.org for more information about Junior Achievement.

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