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PGE donates to charities, pays cities

Gresham organizations received $1,250 in donations in late 2007 from Portland General Electric employees through the company's Employee Volunteer Grant (EVG) program.

Under the EVG program, PGE donates to various nonprofit organizations that its employees and retirees volunteer with. In the fourth quarter of 2007, PGE donated about $27,700 and 67 EVGs in Oregon and Southwestern Washington, including charities, community sports teams and schools.

In Gresham, the recipients and nonprofit organizations included:

• Demiko Cherry, who received a $500 grant for East County One Stop to help support the Job Developers Network.

• Retiree Francess Millington, who received a $500 grant for East Orient Elementary School to help fund diversity theme books.

• Jodi Woods, who received a $250 grant for Barlow High School's baseball team to fund an indoor hitting and pitching facility.

In addition, the cities of Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale received more than $4.6 million in fee payments in March from PGE for the right to operate within the cities for the year.

The amount each city receives ranges from 3.5 to 5 percent of a city's annual gross revenue.

Gresham received the most, at $3.68 million, while Wood Village received $147,928.28. Troutdale received $527,642.75, while Fairview was awarded $259,584.17.