PeopleCare Program Receives $5,000 Contribution Through Consumers Energy MasterCard® Promotion

   PeopleCare Program Receives $5,000 Contribution Through Consumers Energy
                            MasterCard® Promotion

PR Newswire

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Oct. 19, 2012

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Northwest Michigan
residents needing help meeting basic emergency needs will benefit from a
$5,000 contribution to The Salvation Army of Traverse City's PeopleCare

"The contribution is part of a recent sweepstakes that encouraged customers to
set up recurring payments on their MasterCard cards to pay their Consumers
Energy monthly bills," said Thomas Shirilla, marketing program manager for
Consumers Energy. "The promotion culminated with one consumer sweepstakes
participant, Chad Hamlet of Kingsley, winning $5,000, as well as the $5,000
contribution to PeopleCare, a 29-year statewide collaboration between
Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army.

"This generous contribution from Consumers Energy and MasterCard to our local
PeopleCare program will provide a wide variety of assistance to residents
living in northwestern Michigan," said Capt. Darren Spencer, head of The
Salvation Army's Traverse City Corps.

The Traverse City Corps provides services in Grand Traverse and Leelanau

Consumers Energy presented both Spencer and Hamlet their $5,000 MasterCard
contributions at an event today at The Salvation Army's Traverse City Corps
Community Center.

"We appreciate the collaboration between Consumers Energy and MasterCard that
allows PeopleCare to benefit from its recent sweepstakes," Shirilla said.
"Since the sweepstakes winner is from this area, we thought it was important
that the local Salvation Army Corps also benefit."

Each year, about 10,000 Michigan families receive emergency help of some kind
through PeopleCare – everything from as simple as a bus ticket to a child's
first pair of eyeglasses. The emergency fund, comprised of Consumers Energy
customer and employee donations, is administered by Salvation Army Corps
community centers throughout the state.

During October, Consumers Energy is promoting PeopleCare and its work with The
Salvation Army across Michigan via a bill message to 2.9 million customers.
Customers can support PeopleCare through a variety of channels. They may
donate $3 a month or make a one-time donation of $5 by checking one of the
boxes at the top of their October utility bill. If they prefer to contribute
a different amount, customers can make an online donation at, or write a check to PeopleCare and mail
it to the address below: 

c/o The Salvation Army
PO Box 27518
Lansing, MI 48909

"During times of declining public assistance for Michigan's families
contributions like this are all the more meaningful," said Whitney Skeans,
Consumers Energy's customer assistance coordinator. "Every penny to PeopleCare
helps our families and neighbors with quick, direct assistance for any
emergency need, skillfully assessed and delivered by The Salvation Army."

Since it was established in 1983, PeopleCare, through the work of The
Salvation Army has helped nearly 340,000 households in communities across
Michigan. Consumers Energy employees and customers have donated over $16
million to support PeopleCare, and the utility has contributed $31.5 million
in energy bill credits, for total support of $47.5 million. To learn more
about how the program works and read scenarios of families helped by
PeopleCare, or to download a brochure, visit

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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