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Nearly 180 CNP riders, 50 volunteers support MS150

MS150 1At the 26th annual MS150 ride from Houston to Austin on April 17-18, 13,000 bike riders helped raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society that seeks to find a cure for this disease of the central nervous system. CenterPoint Energy supported the two-day event with financial and human resources, and CNP's 2010 team was the largest to date, with nearly 180 riders and 50 volunteers.

Thousands of riders visited CNP's Elvis-themed rest stop on Saturday, where CNP volunteers provided cyclists with fruit, Gatorade, water and any assistance they required. CNP volunteers also supported team-specific needs at the overnight camp in LaGrange, Texas, and at the finish line in Austin. The CNP team‟s youngest rider was Hayley Creveling, age 16, daughter of Phil Creveling, director of Accounting Policy and Research (pictured above). Phil has MS 150 2participated in the event for six years, as he explains in the Lake Jackson, Texas, newspaper, The Facts. Other CNP pictures can be found at the Volunteer SharePoint site in the 2010 MS150 folder of the Houston events.

Annette Dickinson, director of Human Resources Finance (pictured right), is a top fundraiser and has already raised more than $4,100 this year. The CNP team has raised nearly $90,000 toward a goal of $150,000, and contributions can still be made to the CenterPoint Energy team or to a specific team member at the MS150 Web site.