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CenterPoint Energy retirees celebrate 25 years of community service
More than $100,000 dollars in time donated by the retiree group
CenterPoint Energy’s Minnesota Active Retiree Service (MARS) celebrated their 25th anniversary

MINNEAPOLIS – Sept. 14, 2011 – at a recognition luncheon on Sept. 14, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center to commemorate MARS and its volunteer efforts for Minnesota non-profit community organizations.   Over the last 25 years, MARS has supported forty different non-profit activities including: Feed My Starving Children, Toys for Tots, Courage Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army’s HeatShare program and Bridging Inc.  In the past year, retirees contributed more than $100,000 in volunteer time.

“MARS volunteers have been an incredible asset to the Bridging volunteer community,” said Diana Dalsin, Bridging’s community relations manager. “We cannot thank the retiree volunteers enough for their valuable contribution of nearly 500 group service hours to our organization. Through hands-on service at our Bloomington and Roseville locations– MARS retirees continue to make a big impact on Bridging clients and to our communities in need.”
For the past few years, MARS has worked with Bridging to make fleece blankets, restock shelves, assemble furniture and repair small electrical appliances for community members transitioning out of homelessness or poverty. 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and 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 $19 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.