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Evening of Promise Breaks Records in Fundraising, Attendance

(November 15, 2017) -

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The American Lung Association in Indiana announced today that the organization raised $517,000 at its annual Evening of Promise Gala to help fund local programs and services to fight lung disease.

The event, held on Saturday, November 11 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, welcomed over 800 local residents and companies. During the event, the Lung Association in Indiana honored Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL) and its President and CEO Rafael Sanchez with the Legacy Award. The organization chose to honor IPL for their decision to cease coal combustion at Harding Street and Eagle Valley Generating Stations, resulting in significant emissions reductions and improvement in the air quality of our community.

“On behalf of everyone at IPL, I want to say thank you to the American Lung Association in Indiana for honoring us with the Legacy Award,” said Sanchez. “Receiving this award reinforces IPL’s mission of improving lives by providing safe, reliable and sustainable energy solutions for all of those we serve and is a reminder to all of us at IPL that we will always do the right thing.”

During Sanchez’s remarks at the Gala, he spoke to how IPL transformed its energy mix in a short amount of time. Through a $1.4 billion investment program, IPL has ceased coal combustion, converted coal-fired generation units to natural gas and is currently building one of the cleanest, most efficient natural gas plants, which will generate cleaner and more efficient energy for IPL’s 490,000 customers. By next year, IPL anticipates that the majority of its generating capacity will come from natural gas, wind and solar. 

Additionally, Dr. David Roe, Lung Transplant Pulmonologist at University of Indiana Health, spoke at the event about the relevance and importance of lung transplants.

“This event was a tremendous display of the strength and support of the Indianapolis community,” said Tanya Husain, the executive director of the American Lung Association in Indiana. “With this funding, we will be able to reach more Indiana residents to help with educational programing on living with lung disease, help expand smoking cessation services and fund research to end lung disease.”
The event included a live and silent auction, live music and dancing. Eighty-nine cents of every dollar raised goes to the American Lung Association’s programs and services, including research, advocacy and public health education.

About the American Lung Association in Indiana
The American Lung Association in Indiana is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

About Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), an AES Company, provides retail electric service to more than 490,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other Central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County. During its long history, IPL has supplied its customers with some of the lowest-cost, most reliable power in the country. For more information about the company, please visit or connect with us at, or

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