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Xcel Energy Gives $3,000 Grant to Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series...

Clovis, NM - On December 3, 2012, a check in the amount of $3,000 was awarded to Clovis Community College from the Xcel Energy Foundation Arts and Culture grant for the 2012-2013 Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series.

This is the third grant the Cultural Arts Series has received from Xcel Energy ( Community support is very important to the Series, and the grant from Xcel Energy allows the Series to continue offering arts and cultural entertainment to area residents.

The Xcel Energy Foundation supports efforts to increase accessibility to artistic and cultural activities. In 2012, the company contributed $78,500 on artistic and cultural activities, and contributed $375,000 in focus area grants to organizations across its service territory.

Xcel Energy supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that improve science, technology, economics, and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provide access to arts and culture. Xcel Energy looks for opportunities to partner with organizations that share the commitment of promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion.

David Essex, Xcel Energy community service manager, presented the $3,000 check to CCC President Dr. Becky Rowley and Christy Mendoza, theatre instructor and director of the Series. Essex stated, "Xcel Energy is committed to supporting the communities that we serve. We believe that we have a responsibility to support these communities in their efforts to create a healthy environment for us all to live, work, and prosper. Xcel Energy is aware that the success of our own company is directly related to the health of our communities and we are glad to be able to give back to our communities through our time, service, and foundation investments. We are excited about the quality entertainment that will be provided by the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series."

When asked about the $3,000 donation, Dr. Rowley said, "CCC is extremely fortunate to receive a grant from Xcel Energy to support our Cultural Arts program. We are grateful that Xcel placed its trust in us by awarding the grant, and we will use the funds to maintain the quality of our program."

Christy Mendoza, Cultural Arts Series Director, said, "Xcel Energy has been very generous with us. It makes paying my heating bill a bit easier knowing that some of that money is going into bringing the arts to our community. This is a great show of support for Clovis."

The mission of the Series is to provide diverse cultural programming of the highest quality by presenting international and regional produced works to underserved audiences from eastern New Mexico and west Texas communities.

For more information on joining or attending the Cultural Arts Series, log on to or call 575-769-4956.