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Prestigious Philanthropy Award Given to Yvonne Perkins

INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group is proud to recognize, Yvonne Perkins, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Chief Diversity Officer, for being honored with IUPUI’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award. For 26 years, the award has been presented to men and women who give back to the university by donating their time, talent, or treasure.  Recipients of the award have made a profound impact on IUPUI’s growth and development through their gifts and voluntary service.
While serving on the IUPUI University Library Community Board, Perkins has been a strong supporter of the library’s Diversity Scholars program which offers outstanding undergraduates a yearlong, paid internship in the library.
“We are especially grateful for the leadership role Yvonne Perkins has taken and the guidance she has provided not only to our students but our staff through her work with on the Diversify Scholars program,” said IUPUI Library Dean David Lewis.  “Her advocacy and the support of Citizens, allows the library to help IUPUI students build a bridge to a bright future in the professional world.”
“As a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, I have made it a personal mission to help young people develop and grow so that they may someday give back to our community,” said Perkins. “My work with the IUPUI library allows me to directly impact the career path of a student who may not have otherwise had access to a paid internship. I commend the IUPUI faculty and staff for making their library an outstanding resource available to all students.”

Perkins has worked at Citizens for more than 40 years. In her current role, she oversees corporate communications, media relations, community development, corporate philanthropy, brand management and Citizens’ diversity strategy. In addition to the IUPUI Library Community Board, Perkins serves on various other boards including EmployIndy, Downtown Indy, Indiana Historical Society, Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana Board of Trustees and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

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