WILMINGTON, N.C., Sept. 24, 2003 — Progress Energy announces a grant of $10,000 for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach. The center will use the funds to attach satellite tags to two sea turtles to be released in June 2004.
“In addition to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles, one of our missions is to educate the public about the plight of these magnificent animals,” said Jean Beasley, director of the Topsail Turtle Project for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
“It is also important that we contribute to the expansion of what we know about sea turtles, both in the field of medicine and in their life cycle, in order to develop meaningful plans for the recovery of the species. We are very excited about this generous grant from Progress Energy. Our partnership will allow us to learn more about the released turtles. Where do they go? Are they able to adapt quickly? There are so many questions that need to be answered. From the satellite transmissions we will be able to plot their course.”
“We are hoping that school classes across our state, across the nation and around the world will use this project as a learning tool in map-making, reading coordinates, and numerous other educational activities as we all follow the progress of these turtles,” added Beasley. “In fact, one of the turtles will carry the name, “Progress,” in honor of the commitment Progress Energy has made to this important endeavor. We are very grateful to Progress Energy for supporting our efforts.”
“Acting responsibly toward the environment is a vital part of our commitment to the communities we serve,” said Jack Keenan, vice president of Progress Energy’s Brunswick Plant. “Supporting the work of Jean Beasley and the sea turtle hospital is just one way we can help fulfill that commitment. Jean’s dedication to this important cause is commendable, and we are pleased to help enable her team to continue their rescue and rehabilitation efforts.”
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is a sea turtle sanctuary committed to the care and release of sick and injured sea turtles. The Topsail Turtle Project was organized by Karen Beasley, as she saw the need to preserve and protect the sea turtle nests, nesting females, and hatchlings on the 26 miles of coastline on Topsail Island.
After Karen’s untimely death, the torch was passed on to her mother, Jean Beasley, who serves as the Executive Director of this non-profit, all volunteer effort. The dream of a rehabilitation center was realized through the tireless efforts of the Beasley family; their financial support; the support of the project members; and the generous donations of money, time and material from local residents, businesses and visitors.
Progress Energy, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 250 diversified energy company with more than 23,000 megawatts of generation capacity and $8 billion in annual revenues. The company’s holdings include two electric utilities serving more than 2.8 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.
Progress Energy also includes nonregulated operations covering competitive generation, energy marketing, natural gas production, fuel extraction, rail services and broadband capacity. For more information about Progress Energy, visit the company’s web site at http://www.progress-energy.com.
For more information about the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center and about the partnership with Progress Energy to satellite tag turtles, go to the center’s Web site at www.seaturtlehospital.org.