ST. LOUIS, June 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Laclede Gas Company has been
chosen as the recipient of the National Fuel Fund Network's (NFFN) Corporate
Excellence Award for 2004. The award, which is given out each year during the
organization's annual conference of members, recognizes a company that has
provided longstanding support to low-income residents in its service area.
Laclede Gas, a subsidiary of The Laclede Group (NYSE: LG), supports the
non-profit organization, Dollar-Help, a program that has provided energy-
assistance to those in greatest need in Eastern Missouri for more than 20
"Beginning over 20 years ago with their initial partnership with Dollar-
Help, Laclede Gas Company has helped ease the energy burden of thousands of
low-income customers in Eastern Missouri," said Carol Clements, Chair of the
NFFN Board of Directors. "Their robust fuel fund program has a national
reputation as a successful partnership of a fuel fund and an energy provider,
with a focus on giving the maximum benefit to those who need it most."
Dollar-Help was started by the late Sister Pat Kelley of St. Louis, who
was also a founding member of the National Fuel Funds Network. Sister
Kelley's ideas for a cooperative effort by agencies providing energy
assistance to low-income households has resulted in the formation of an
organization that now has nearly 300 members nationwide. Her work and vision
will be celebrated during the conference.
On the 20th anniversary of NFFN's founding, the national organization is
returning to its roots in St. Louis for a conference on June 6 and 7 at the
Hyatt Regency to commemorate its work to help low-income families meet their
energy needs. The conference, entitled "Building Bridges: Gateway to Energy
Solutions and Partnerships", will feature two days of workshops,
presentations, and roundtable discussions. At 4 p.m. on June 7, Missouri
Department of Natural Resources Director Stephen Mahfood, Missouri Public
Service Commission Chairperson Steve Gaw and Missouri Department of Social
Services Family Support Division Director Denise Cross, will discuss how
Missouri copes with the home energy crisis.
The Corporate Excellence Award will be presented to Laclede at the NFFN
Awards Gala at 7pm on June 7. An "Extra-Mile" Legislative Award will also be
given that evening to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will address the
attendees in a pre-recorded message.
SOURCE Laclede Gas Company