Satanta Recreation Commission board members Brad Jackson, left, Dirk Canon and Jeremy Hazen receive a check for Satanta’s ball field’s shades from Southern Pioneers Electric H.U.G.S. team members Kris Leisher and Ranelle Carter. Courtesy photo
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Giving back to the communities Southern Pioneer Electric serves is a part of company’s business plan. Its employees live, work and raise families in the same communities as their consumers; Southern Pioneer Electric has a vested interest in developing communities to be strong and viable for years to come.
Two years ago, the H.U.G.S (Helping Us Give to Society) team was formed to do just that – give back to the communities the company serves. The H.U.G.S team is proud to announce the completion of another project.
Southern Pioneer’s H.U.G.S team has had a very productive year. After making donations to two worthwhile projects in the Medicine Lodge area, they moved north to aid the new community daycare in Cunningham and now to Satanta to help baseball fans keep cool and safe in the summer.
The baseball fields in Satanta currently do not have shade of any kind and in the heat of the summer, it would be nice to sit in the shade and watch T-ball, baseball or softball games. Once a Satanta community member made the H.U.G.S team aware of the lack of shade while watching spring and summer baseball games last season, the team sprang into action.
The Satanta Recreation Commission Director Jeremy Hazen and the Satanta Recreation Commission board were both receptive to the idea of Southern Pioneer donating the funds to provide shade for their fans.
“We are very appreciative of the generous donation from Southern Pioneer Electric,” Hazen said, “Not only will this addition to the fields provide shade on a hot day, it will help the fans stay safe from foul balls.”
Weather permitting, the shades are expected to be complete by the first pitch of baseball season when Satanta High School hosts Lakin.
The H.U.G.S team is funded by Southern Pioneer Electric’s recycled materials. Any pieces of steel, aluminum or copper that have been taken out of service due to repair or rebuild, are recycled.
Anita Wendt, H.U.G.S team lead and Vice President of Energy Services commented, “Over time, the recycled funds can be substantial. That’s why this team was developed; we want to find ways to give back to our communities and build better, stronger relationships with our consumers. As funds allow, the H.U.G.S team will continue to seek out projects to fund in Southern Pioneer’s 10-county service territory.”
Southern Pioneer Electric Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, is headquartered in Ulysses and has local offices in Liberal and Medicine Lodge. Dedicated to providing customers with safe and reliable electric service, Southern Pioneer Electric Company serves approximately 17,200 customers and operates in 10 counties and 34 communities stretching east from Liberal to Medicine Lodge and north to Pratt and back west to Greensburg.
For more information, visit www.southernpioneer.net.