Employees in New Iberia, La., walked laps and served gumbo and sweets to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Brownies baked by Denny O’Brien, service technician, placed second in the bake-off competition. Luminary bags, lit in honor of a survivor or in memory of a loved one, lined the track on the night of the race. At 9 p.m. all the lights were turned off and candles lit the night as a sign of hope for a cure of all cancers one day. The event was bittersweet for Amy Sonnier, secretary. “Having lost my mom to a hereditary form of lung cancer last year, I know the importance of the work of the American Cancer Society,” said Sonnier. “Not only do they provide support for cancer victims and families, but the research they fund helps to find new treatments and cures that may spare me from the same fate one day.” The team raised more than $1,100 and was the second highest fundraising team.
New employee Brittney Mier, secretary, from the Lake Charles office, was introduced to CenterPoint Energy’s culture of volunteerism at the local Relay for Life event. Employees joined the walk and also cooked and sold more than 400 fajitas, which raised $562 for cancer research. “This event was my first community involvement event with the company and I really enjoyed it,” said Mier. “I love that CenterPoint Energy encourages employees to get involved with the community and lend a helping hand.”