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Ameren Missouri Announces “Community Lights” Volunteerism Contest Winners
More than $37,000 Awarded to 10 Customers and Local Charities

Ameren Missouri announced today the winners of its “Community Lights” contest, a nomination-based Facebook campaign that recognizes outstanding customers who volunteer throughout Missouri. In total, $37,500 will be split among 10 winners and the 10 charities of their choice, including Special Olympics of Southeast Missouri, Angels’ Arms and Saint Louis F.O.R.C.E. Athleticz.

“We’d like to congratulate the winners of our Community Lights contest and express our gratitude for their commitment to serving our communities,” said Michael Moehn, senior vice president, Ameren Missouri Customer Operations. “Community Lights was created to recognize the people who light up their communities through acts of service in support of causes and organizations that are close to their hearts. We hope that by shining a light on this great group, others will be inspired to brighten their communities through service and volunteerism.”

Five grand prize winners will receive $2,500 and an additional $2,500 for their charities of choice. Grand prize winners and their charities include:

  • Brenda Bender (Cape Girardeau) – MS Foundation’s Gateway Area Chapter
  • Simone Bernstein (St. Louis) – St. Louis VolunTEEN
  • Chalana Ferguson (Florissant) – Saint Louis F.O.R.C.E. Athleticz
  • Sandy Rogers (Kirksville) –  Helping Hands Mission
  • Eddie Strauser (Potosi) – Potosi United Methodist

Five runners-up will receive $1,250 and an additional $1,250 for their charities of choice. Runners-up and their charities include:

  • Ellen Ellick (House Springs) – St. Louis Senior Dog Project
  • Mike Meyer (St. Louis) – Angels’ Arms
  • Scott Pitzer (Wildwood) – Equine-Assisted Therapy, Inc.
  • Stephanie Regagnon (Wildwood) – Ava's Grace Scholarship Foundation
  • Faune Riggin (Cape Girardeau) – Special Olympics of Southeast Missouri

In December, Ameren Missouri asked customers to submit a 300-word essay describing individuals who are “community lights,” and how their volunteerism impacts the local community. Ameren Missouri then selected 10 winners among the pool of nominees, based on the creativity of the entry and the impact nominees have had on their communities. Individuals were nominated by friends, family and peers on Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

To recognize winners, Ameren Missouri is hosting a celebration at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis on Jan. 31. In addition to the event, Ameren Missouri will also feature honorees in an advertising campaign with billboards and print advertisements in their cities.

“I am so excited and humbled to receive this honor,” said Simone Bernstein, Ameren Missouri Community Lights winner from St. Louis. “To be recognized alongside others who are making a difference in their communities is truly special.”

The Community Lights contest is a part of Ameren Missouri’s ongoing commitment to supporting the communities it serves through a variety of customer education programs, employee volunteerism efforts and charitable donations to local programs and organizations.  For more information on how Ameren Missouri remains focused on its goal of enhancing the quality of life for customers, please visit AmerenMissouri.com/Community.


Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.

CONTACT: Missouri Communications, 314.554.2182, missouricomunications@ameren.com; Laura Garner, 314.552.6764, lgarner@webershandwick.com