Laclede Gas to Receive Corporate Excellence Award from NFFN National Energy Assistance Advocacy Organization Honors Laclede at

20th Anniversary Conference



    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
 years.
     "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

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