August 30, 2011
For Immediate Release
Debi Derrick
Cleveland Senior Center Offers Cool Getaway;

Partnership With Entergy Texas Brings Respite From Heat for Elderly

Cleveland, Texas – Entergy Texas, Inc. and the Cleveland Senior Center have partnered to open the center as a cooling station from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays through the end of September.

A grand opening will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the center, 220 Peach St., Cleveland. The grand opening will feature presentation of a $500 check to the center which will provide water and light snacks for the Cleveland area senior citizens who make use of the center for a respite from the hottest temperatures of the day.

“The brutal temperatures this year have been especially hard on the elderly,” said Paula Odom, customer operations support specialist for Entergy Texas. “This partnership with the Cleveland Senior Center gives much-needed and practical help through the rest of one very hot Southeast Texas summer.”

Those needing information about the center may contact Maxine Morris, 281-592-1174.

The center is the second to open as a result of a partnership between Entergy Texas and a community nonprofit organization. The first to open was in Beaumont at a Salvation Army facility. Another will open soon in Conroe.

The cooling centers are part of an overall Entergy effort to assist customers through a summer that has included an extended heat wave and record power usage. Last week, Entergy announced a $1 million contribution across its four-state service territory to help qualifying elderly and disabled customers who need assistance to pay their summer energy bills.

For Entergy Texas, that brought an additional $75,000 to The Power to Care program. Entergy Texas has also launched a “Double Your Power” fundraising campaign in which every new dollar contributed to The Power to Care will receive a $2 match from Entergy shareholders.

Other highlights of the summer effort include:

  • Special promotions to give away home weatherization kits.

  • Additional fans for a second round of the company’s “Beat the Heat” fan giveaway program.

Entergy Texas, Inc. delivers electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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