Piedmont Historical Society display named “Best Themed Tree” – At Duke Energy’s Festival of Trees

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Piedmont Historical and Preservation Society was awarded “Best-Themed Tree” as part of the Duke Energy World of Energy’s 10th Festival of Trees display and public voting contest.

The Festival of Trees display highlighted 25 trees decorated for the holiday season at Duke Energy’s World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station.

Each tree was decorated by either nonprofit volunteers or a local business or civic group that sponsored a nonprofit. Approximately 2,000 votes were collected during the display at the World of Energy, which was hosted mid-November through the first week of January.

Duke Energy donated $10,000 to local nonprofits that were selected as crowd favorites during the World of Energy’s 10th Festival of Trees display and public voting contest.

The Piedmont Historical and Preservation Society will receive $750 for being the “Best-Themed Tree.”

Other awards include – In first place, the Pilot Club of Seneca will receive $3,500 for its nonprofit programs; in second place, Our Daily Bread will receive $2,500 (tree decorated by Beta Sigma Phi); in third place, Oconee County Habitat for Humanity will receive $1,500 (tree decorated by Chudyk Financial Services); and in fourth place, Oconee Humane Society will receive $1,000. YMCA Swimming Team will receive $750 for being the “Most Creative Tree.”

As part of the 10th anniversary activities, visitors were encouraged to bring various items, including canned goods, toys, diapers and children’s books for local organizations. In total, more than 500 items were collected for organizations, such as BabyRead, Tamassee DAR’s Starlight Program, Toys for Tots and Our Daily Bread.

Photo – Best Themed Tree
The Piedmont Historical and Preservation Society was awarded “Best-Themed Tree” as part of the Duke Energy World of Energy’s 10th Festival of Trees display and public voting contest. Pictured receiving their award are PHC members Debbie Adkins, Jane McClain, Susan Allen and Anne Peden and Duke Energy Corporate Communications Manager Mikayla Kreuzberger.

About the World of Energy
Whether you’re looking to fill an hour or an entire afternoon, Duke Energy’s World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station can educate and enlighten. Many guests enjoy starting with the educational exhibits located inside our education center. From there, you can tour our butterfly garden or take a walk along our nature trail. Picnic shelters, located along the beautiful shores of Lake Keowee, are available for those who want to end their visit with an outdoor lunch.
The World of Energy hosts events throughout the year, including guest speakers, community forums, art displays, entertainment and much more. For more information, contact the World of Energy at 864.873.4600 or visit duke-energy.com/WorldOfEnergy.

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Duke Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns 20,100 megawatts of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 2.8 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across a 24,000-square-mile service area in North Carolina and South Carolina.