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By adriana_acosta
June 6, 2012 at 1:06 a.m.

Boys and Girls Club members along side Janet Pedin, club president, Tami Savage, board VP, David LaVassaur, executive director accepted a $2,000 donation from South Texas Project. Mike Meier, VP of shared services for STP presented the check to the

They Boys and Girls Club are closer to their goal of expanding the club, thanks to South Texas Project who donated $2,000.

"We are thrilled to know they have chosen us for the donation," said Tami Savage, Boys and Girls Club VP board member.

STP received a Top Industry Practice Award from the Nuclear Energy Institute in the vision and leadership category.

The award was given to them during the Nuclear Energy Institute's annual conference in Charlotte, N.C. last month.

"This place has made a positive impact in the kids of this county," said Mike Meier, vice president, shared services and assistant to the chief executive officer for STP.

"I admire the efforts of everyone who has made this place possible," he said.

Savage said the club is currently working on expanding the club.

"Every donation we get is important and it does not matter the amount," she added.

The NEI is the nuclear energy industry's policy organization, its TIP award program recognizes industry employees in 14 categories for innovation to improve safety, efficiency and plant plant performance.

STP was among approximately 150 entries submitted by nuclear energy facilities across the United States. This is the eighth time STP has been recognized with an industry TIP award, more than any other U.S. nuclear facility.

Nuclear plant officials looked at the club to give the donation because it falls under the talent and leadership category.

"The boys and girls club is a great organization and we are proud to support them," said Buddy Eller, general manager, corp. communications and public affairs for STP.

"We are trying to develop a potential workforce for the future and we work closely with area schools and have partnerships with them," he said.

Eller said it was a natural fit. The club is something that was needed in the area and it moves in the direction and helps build life skills for the children, he said.

"For the company, the donation was a good fit with the award we won," he said.

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