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Addison nonprofit receives $10,000 grant

ADDISON – A Lutheran Church Charities volunteer recently won an achievement award from her employer, Exelon Corporation.

Toni Bazon of Darien was recognized as part of Exelon’s annual Energy for the Community Volunteer Awards and earned a $10,000 cash grant for Lutheran Church Charities in Addison, according to a news release.

Bazon, an environmental coordinator at Exelon subsidiary ComEd, volunteers with Lutheran Church Charities' K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Bazon and her comfort dog, Shami, have responded to disasters and crisis situations across the country, delivering relief and aiding in the healing process, the release stated.

Bazon and Shami spent three weeks in Newtown, Conn., following the Sandy Hook School shootings, bringing comfort to traumatized children, teachers, first responders and a shocked community. She also provided assistance in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Arapahoe High School shooting and tornadoes that struck southern and central Illinois, according to the release.

Additionally, Bazon has volunteered more than 24 years with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts organizations in her community.

Terence Donnelly, ComEd chief operating officer, presented Bazon with her award May 9 in Chicago.

Exelon introduced the Energy for the Community Volunteer Awards in 2007 to encourage increased volunteerism and honor employees who demonstrate exceptional commitment to community service.

Bazon is one of 18 employees to receive volunteer awards and grants for the nonprofit organizations they serve. Exelon donated a total of $145,000 in cash grants this year, according to the release.

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