SWEETWATER, Texas – Sweetwater Goodfellows, the city’s annual holiday season fund drive for Nolan County residents in need, has received a $1,000 donation from Tenaska, Goodfellows President Billie Johnston has announced.
“On behalf of Sweetwater Goodfellows, I want to thank Tenaska for this generous contribution,” she said. “This donation will help provide a happier Christmas and holiday season for many of our neighbors in need this year.”
The Sweetwater Goodfellows organization was formed in about 1929 by four Rotarians. Today, its mission is to provide food and toys to needy families with children and food to needy individuals during the Christmas season. Donations to Goodfellows also provide gifts for nursing home residents in need.
The program also assists the Nolan County Food Bank and Sweetwater/Nolan County Assistance Center and sponsors Angel Tree, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice program to assist Nolan County children who have one or both parents in prison. In 2010, Goodfellows raised $17,818 to provide aid to 903 individuals.
Tenaska, based in Omaha, Neb., with a regional office and natural gas and electric power marketing affiliates located in Arlington, Texas, is one of the nation’s largest independent energy companies. It is developing the proposed Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center, a state-of-the-art carbon capturing coal-fueled power plant, near Sweetwater.
“Tenaska is happy to be a part of the Sweetwater and Nolan County communities. We are pleased to help support projects that benefit a broad base of area residents,” said Tenaska Business Development Director Helen Manroe.
The Trailblazer Energy Center will be a 600-megawatt generating plant with technologically advanced controls designed to capture 85 to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The CO2 will be shipped via pipeline to Permian Basin oil fields for use in enhanced oil recovery. The project is estimated to bring 1,500 jobs at peak construction and create approximately 175 direct and indirect permanent jobs during operation.