This year, DTE Energy’s Public Affairs Outreach team held the 10th Annual Hallelujah for Heat Gospel Concert as a night of celebration and appreciation for DTE customers and community partners. This free event, held during the Week of Warmth, shows the company’s continued support and commitment to The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) with the goal to raise and distribute $1 million in energy assistance to assist vulnerable Michigan families.
In front of an audience of 2,500 concert goers DTE’s Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Foundation, and Mark Jones, manager of Public Affairs Community Outreach, were on stage to share important company updates from energy assistance programming to the net-zero carbon emissions goal, and infrastructure projects. They also raffled away more than 15 Energy Certificates valued from $100 to $500 as a way assist DTE customers with their energy bill.
While the Week of Warmth was conceived in 2009 to provide energy efficiency tools and education to consumers, DTE’s partnership with THAW began nearly 30 years ago. Today, it ties into DTE’s aspiration to be a force for prosperity in the communities where the company and its employees live and serve.
“Hallelujah for Heat began when our company saw the need to assist people going through tough economic times. We wanted to find a way to thank them for being our customers, to let them know we are all in this together and that DTE is here to help,” said Jones.
The annual event reinforced DTE’s commitment to the community with many influential audiences, including faith-based leaders, neighborhood groups and community leaders.
This year, attendees enjoyed performances by Grammy nominated national gospel recording artist John P. Kee, Shelby 5 and the Fellowship Mime Ministry. DTE also sponsored Grand Rapids 4th Annual Hallelujah for Heat Gospel Concert in October with performances by Todd Dulaney and James Fortune.