PPG donates $30,000 to Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Funding supports creation of video to raise awareness about conservation, Fallingwater
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 14, 2010 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) and the PPG Industries Foundation have donated $30,000 to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) to create a new membership video that will be used in conjunction with tours of Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s acclaimed architectural masterpiece in Mill Run, Pa. The video will be used to recruit new members and educate visitors about the multifaceted work of WPC, which owns and operates Fallingwater.
PPG Industries and the PPG Industries Foundation donated $30,000 to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for a project involving production of a video to be used in conjunction with tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, shown here, to help recruit new members and educate visitors about the multifaceted work of WPC, which owns and operates Fallingwater. (Fallingwater photo by Larry O'Reilly/courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pa.)
“We greatly appreciate PPG’s support for this project, as it enabled us to produce our new membership video,” said Genny McIntyre, WPC’s vice president, institutional advancement. “We are confident that the video will pique visitor interest and help to garner additional support for WPC, which improves our region’s quality of life in numerous ways. In addition to preserving Fallingwater and sharing this Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork with the public, WPC conserves land and water throughout the region, and we plant and maintain gardens and greenspaces in 20 counties with the support of 12,000 volunteers.”
WPC relies on the support of more than 11,000 members to accomplish significant outcomes for the region, so continuous recruitment efforts are essential to its success. The final version of the video will be available in 2011. The brief film will be shown at the end of Fallingwater tours and is expected to reach more than 150,000 visitors annually.
“PPG is thrilled to support WPC in raising awareness and growing its membership base,” said Sue Sloan, executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation. “A key focus of our giving is supporting our local community, and PPG is proud to partner with WPC in its commitment to the environment and improving the Western Pennsylvania region. We’re happy this project allows us to grow that partnership.”
Creating the video is just one of the many ways PPG has supported WPC since 1972. Several of PPG’s businesses have facilitated the replacement and refurbishment of the glass and painted surfaces throughout Fallingwater. Additionally, PPG’s architectural coatings business worked with WPC to establish authentication for its “The Voice of Color Collection: FALLINGWATER(R) Inspired Colors” line of 13 décor paint shades, available to consumers through PPG PITTSBURGH(R) Paints and PPG PORTER(R) Paints.
Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employee volunteerism and executives’ involvement with nonprofit organizations.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private, nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish 10 state parks and has conserved nearly 229,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa., that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted in 20 counties with the help of 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit www.WaterLandLife.org.
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
Pittsburgh and Porter are registered trademarks of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.
Fallingwater is a registered trademark of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
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