Consumers Energy Foundation Names Volunteer Area

By Kathryn Tuck

Published in: Update - Issue 1 - 2016 »   
Two men and three women in business attire stand smiling and facing the camera. A black lab in harness is lying on the floor near one man and the other man, in the center, is holding a golden retriever puppy

(left to right) Thomas O’Masta, LDB board member
and Consumers Energy retiree; Carolyn
Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer of Consumers
Energy Foundation; Paul Preketes, LDB board
member and Consumers Energy retiree; Susan
Daniels, LDB president and CEO; and Ursula
Warren, Consumers Energy area manager
southeast Michigan.

In support of our Canine Development Center campaign, Consumers Energy Foundation sponsored a new area specially designed for our volunteers. In January, Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary and treasurer of the Foundation presented the $30,000 check to LDB president/CEO Sue Daniels and LDB trustees Thomas O’Masta and Paul Preketes. O’Masta and Preketes are both Consumers Energy retirees and helped champion the grant process.

“The Consumers Energy Foundation is committed to working with nonprofit organizations to make our state a better place. We are privileged that Leader Dog, which provides such a vital service to blind and visually impaired clients worldwide, is based in southeast Michigan,” said David Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “Our Foundation is pleased to help support construction of the Canine Center so that the unique work of pairing clients with trained guide dogs can be enhanced.”

With more than 250 active Canine Center volunteers, the new Consumers Energy Foundation Volunteer Area will see quite a bit of traffic every day.

Several naming opportunities are still available. By supporting the Canine Development Center campaign, you are helping all of our clients receive the well-trained, canine partner they need. Contact Kathryn Tuck, director of foundation giving, at 248/218.6431 or kathryn.tuck@leaderdog.org for more information on available opportunities.