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Employees 'March for Babies' across Texas

TX MODFor years, CNP and its employees have been supporters of the March of Dimes, raising funds and awareness to help give premature babies a chance for a healthy start to life. “Each year CenterPoint Energy and its employees show their commitment to the fight against premature birth and healthy babies,” said Scott Rozzell, executive vice president and general counsel. “This year we raised more than $100,000 for this worthy cause, and I want to thank everyone in the CenterPoint Energy family who helped achieve this significant milestone.”

The employees from the Lufkin and Nacogdoches areas participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies held at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. According to Eric Eddins, utility leader, the CNP team raised $500.

Houston’s annual March of Dimes March for Babies was held Sunday, April 26, at the University of Houston and satellite locations throughout the region. CNP had 1,571 employees and family members registered, and approximately 503 participated at the walk. “More than $74,000 was raised through countless personal, business unit, department and corporate fundraising activities to support the fight against prematurity,” said Kim Davis, Community Relations program manager.

The New Braunfels walk was cancelled due to the H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreak. “The CNP team decided to participate in a virtual walk and through their enthusiastic efforts, raised $1,295,” said Ruby Krebs, secretary.

Eighteen Beaumont employees and 10 children/grandchildren joined the walk and raised more than $1,300. CNP’s Longview office raised $825.

Fifteen employees, friends and family, walked five miles in the South Texas heat to raise more than $1,000 for the March of Dimes in Laredo. “In addition to the walk, we held a steak plate sale to help raise more than $2,000,” said Melissa Bernal, team captain.“Fifty percent of those proceeds went to benefit March of Dimes and the other half to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.”