Beaumont, Texas – The Entergy Power to Care Charity Classic golf tournament held at the Beaumont Country Club Monday, Nov. 14, brought $54,000 into the coffers of the trust set up to help the elderly and disabled pay their energy bills in a crisis.

More than 100 golfers had their game on for the event, making its first-time appearance in Beaumont. Entry fees and sponsorships earned a two-for-one match from Entergy Corporation, making the event the most successful yet.

Vernon Pierce, Entergy Texas, Inc. customer service director, and Mark Russo, tournament chair and board member for The Power to Care, made a check presentation to Sharon Tyler, interim executive director for the Beaumont and Orange chapters of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross co-sponsored the event and is one of more than a dozen charitable, nonprofit agencies in Southeast Texas that administer funds from The Power to Care.

“The results from this tournament are very good news for the friends and neighbors in our communities who most need help,” Russo said. “We all recognize the difficult economy we’ve been in. It has been doubly difficult for those on fixed incomes or who have disabilities and we are very proud to know that they can count on The Power to Care.”

Russo explained that during its 28 years of service, the program has provided more than $7 million to pay more than 63,000 energy bills for customers in times of crisis. The fund pays up to $200 twice a year for those who qualify for assistance with their energy bills.

The scramble tournament’s three flight winners included Dylan’s Bar and Grill, first place; Entergy Economic Development, 10th place; and Caliber Solutions, 20th place. Curt Leger won closest to the hole and Daniel Peters won longest drive.

Area corporate sponsors included: Entergy Texas, Inc., CLEAResult Consulting, ICF International, Sen. Tommy Williams, T&D Solutions, Orange Savings Bank, Rep. Joe Deshotel, Rep. Mike Hamilton, Rep. Alan Ritter, Bridgefield Electrical Services, ExxonMobil, South Hampton Resources, Inc., Saving Energy Solutions LLC, American Valve & Hydrant, Veolia ES Industrial Services, Caliber Solutions, Shell Pipeline, Celli & Fulgham, Energy Wise Solutions, Del Papa Distributing, Baw and Co. and Capital One Bank.

Entergy Texas provides 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.