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Entergy Employees Exceed Light the Night Fundraising Goal


Hearing news of a cancer diagnosis can be one of the darkest moments in life. But thanks to the hard work of employees, Entergy Texas helped bring light to the darkness by supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2018 Light the Night Walk, held at Town Green park in The Woodlands. Our employee fundraising campaign raised $72,943.89, far exceeding the original goal of $50,000.

Funds raised for the walk benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

"We couldn't be more excited with how the campaign went," said Melissa Bochat, team captain of Entergy's 2018 Light the Night Campaign. "Employees were challenged to use their time, treasures and talents, and we were blown away by their results!"

Bochat credits an overall team fundraising competition and a barbecue competition to encouraging fundraising momentum and employee involvement.

"Numerous leaders stepped forward to lead their teams, from barbecues and bake sales to love of music and football, we learned a lot more about our employees' hidden talents and interests," said Bochat. "Thank you to everyone who made this a success."

The Parkwood team took the top spot, raising $12,393. For Parkwood team lead Noelle Linch, senior analyst for Mississippi Regulatory Affairs, the campaign was personal.

"I got involved with Light the Night in 2017, the year a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia,” said Linch. "She lost her battle in December 2017, and I knew that I had to work even harder to help spread awareness through the Light the Night campaign."

"It has been such a wonderful experience this year seeing so many of our Entergy co-workers come together and raise funds for this cause,” Linch said. “The event itself is always a great time for fellowship and honoring those survivors while remembering those we’ve lost."

Entergy Texas’ Navasota team won the Light the Night barbecue competition, raising $4,170. Overall, the barbecue competition raised $14,608 and served up hundreds of tasty barbecue plates. The Light the Night Walk raised a total of $1.3 million to fund blood cancer research, education and patient services across the Texas Gulf Coast.

Parkwood’s Light the Night fundraising team is shown with Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas, and Melissa Bochat, team captain of Entergy's 2018 Light the Night campaign. From left are Bochat, Tara Schwegler, Noelle Linch, Rainer, Julie Waldenfels and Judy Campbell.

Kacee Kirschvink
Manager, Entergy Arkansas Communications