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WHEN: 10 a.m. | Monday, March 22

WHO: Dorothy Pernu, Duke Energy Florida’s Government & Community Relations Manager, and Douglas S. Jones, Florida Museum of Natural History’s Director, and Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum’s Director of Exhibits & Public Programs

WHERE: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, University of Florida Cultural Plaza

WHAT: On World Water Day, the Duke Energy Foundation will present a $100,000 gift to the Florida Museum of Natural History as part of a grant that supports environmental education. The awarded funding will go to the development of the museum’s new permanent exhibit, “The Story of Florida Water,” with construction anticipated to begin in 2022. This exhibit will explore Florida’s significant water resources, examine the critical role water plays in the state’s developing history and offer ways for visitors to make a difference.

Media are invited to attend the ceremony where interviews and photo opportunities will be available.

DETAILS: To learn more about the grant, visit


Florida Museum Contact: Kaitlin Gardiner
Direct Office: 352-273-2028

Duke Energy Contact: Allison Barker
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