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Weather doesn’t dampen CNP’s MS150 team spirit

MS150 2009 Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding cancelled Day 1 of the 25th anniversary bike ride from Houston to LaGrange, Texas, benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. But 11,000 cyclists including 88 CenterPoint Energy cyclists and volunteers picked up on Day 2 of the 75-mile ride from LaGrange to Austin across the Texas Hill Country.

"I want to express my sincere appreciation to all the cyclists and volunteers for their dedication to this event. We have a strong team that is committed to the fight against MS, regardless of the weather," said Scott Prochazka, division senior vice president, Electric Operations. MS is an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system.

Lack of transportation to the new starting location didn't keep eight-year veteran cyclist, Christina McRee, LTD & Wellness coordinator in Human Resources, from creating her own MS150 ride in her own neighborhood. "I rode 50 miles, took pictures along the route and made myself feel as if I was on the ride," said McRee. "I raised awareness of MS and met my fundraising goal thanks to employee donations."

"In many ways, including giving time, energy and financial gifts, volunteers and contributors did not allow the rain to stop the progress, hopes and movement towards a cure," added Veronica Guillory, program manager in Corporate Community Relations. Guillory expressed her personal thanks to everyone who was involved in the event.