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Katy resident and CenterPoint Energy employee recognized for community service

HOUSTON – September 19, 2012 – Rob Denton, a CenterPoint Energy learning and development specialist and Katy, Texas resident, was recently honored as an outstanding volunteer and Jefferson Award recipient.

The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America, presented on both a national and local level.

Since October 2010, Denton has served as a board member for Houston Dynamo Charities, which funds player initiatives and other community outreach programs.

In 2011, Denton served as the project lead for the annual Dynamo FireSale, which raised more than $25,000. He also has participated in other fundraisers with the Dynamo – Houston’s Major League Soccer team – including soccer tournaments, auctions and other special events.

Denton sees his community volunteerism as a way to fulfill CenterPoint Energy’s brand promise of “Always There.”

“I understand that energy delivery is the true and primary function of the company, but the outstanding community involvement helps us to increase our core messages and values to employees and the communities we serve,” he said.

The money raised from all the special events Denton has participated in has provided 3,500 game tickets for underprivileged young people; allowed more than 600 youths to participate in the Dynamo Soccer Skills training sessions; and given 1,000 Houston Independent School District students the chance to participate in an after-school soccer program.

“Last year, CenterPoint Energy employees and retirees, along with family and friends, amassed a staggering 235,847 volunteer hours,” said Diane Hasell, Community Relations senior director for CenterPoint Energy. “We’re extremely proud to have generous and compassionate employees like Rob who are so willing to serve in their local communities.”

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines, and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $22 billion. With over 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. For more information, visit the company’s website at CenterPointEnergy.com.