CenterPoint Energy’s Minnesota retiree group celebrates 30 years of serving the community
Group surpasses $30,000 milestone in Give grants to nonprofit charities
2016-03-23T05:00:00Z

MINNEAPOLIS – March 23- 2016 – CenterPoint Energy’s Minnesota Active Retiree Service (MARS) is celebrating their 30th anniversary and their surpassing a $30,000 milestone in the company’s Grant Incentives for Volunteer Employees (GIVE) program.  Since 1986, MARS volunteers have led active retirees who have contributed more than 150 grants to community agencies in the company’s service areas.

“I would like to thank the MARS members for their hard work and dedication to the communities we serve and to congratulate them on their 30 year anniversary,” said Brad Tutunjian, vice president of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy.  “MARS is an incredible asset to the company’s volunteerism efforts.  We fully support, respect and value our active retirees for the continued work they do to make our communities a better place to live.”  

“I would like to thank all our MARS volunteers for leading by example and promoting volunteer opportunities where our group can come together to meet and socialize; while providing necessary goods and services to nonprofits in need,” said Bev Maas,  President of the Board for MARS.  “May MARS continue to inspire others for years to come.” 

About MARS

MARS (Minnesota Active Retiree Service) is an organization of Minnesota Area CenterPoint Energy retirees formed and supported by the company to promote an outlet for community volunteerism and social activities and also is a constituency to support company activities. It is the mission of MARS to inspire Minnesota CenterPoint retirees to make a difference in the lives of retirees, neighbors, and communities served by the company through volunteerism and social engagement. In implementing its programs, MARS will set basic standards and annual goals regarding volunteer participation, including some programs in concert with CenterPoint Energy. 

To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, visit CenterPoint Energy.com/Community​.

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