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Rain cancels Three Mile Island golf outing; $40,000 donation given to Londonderry fire company

Posted 8/7/18

The annual Three Mile Island Charity Golf Tournament was rained out Friday at Sunset Golf Course, but that didn’t stop Three Mile Island Vice President Ed Callan from presenting the Londonderry …

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Rain cancels Three Mile Island golf outing; $40,000 donation given to Londonderry fire company

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The annual Three Mile Island Charity Golf Tournament was rained out Friday at Sunset Golf Course, but that didn’t stop Three Mile Island Vice President Ed Callan from presenting the Londonderry Township Volunteer Fire Company a check for $40,000.

Over the past 13 years, the tournament has raised more than $640,000 for the fire company. The funds have been used to expand the fire station and purchase emergency and firefighting equipment. 

“More than ever, we value our partnership with Three Mile Island and through their support our fire company has been able to continue to meet the needs of our community,” Bart Shellenhamer, Londonderry Township supervisor and chief of Londonderry Volunteer Fire Company, said in a press release. “If more isn’t done to preserve TMI and our nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania, this may be our last charity golf tournament. That could really hurt us.”

Exelon also owns and operates the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Londonderry Township. In May 2017, Exelon announced plans to prematurely retire Three Mile Island in September 2019, unless state lawmakers pass legislation to make TMI and other nuclear plants more economically competitive with other energy sources such as natural gas and renewables like solar and wind. 

A field of more than 100 golfers was scheduled to tee off, but course conditions after heavy rains led to the cancellation. Representatives of Three Mile Island, Londonderry Township and the fire company worked together on the planning and fundraising for the event. 

TMI generates enough carbon-free electricity for 800,000 homes. TMI employees spend more than 2,000 hours volunteering in the community and donates more than $300,000 to local charities and causes every year, according to the company.