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 says.
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.