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Alaska Communications Donates $15,000 to Support Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska at 30th Annual Auction Gala

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Sept. 19, 2012 Alaska Communications donated $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska as part of the second annual 2012 Summer of Heroes program. On Saturday, Sept. 15, Alaska Communications President and CEO Anand Vadapalli presented the donation check during the Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska’s 30th Annual Auction Gala at the Sheraton Hotel Anchorage. Attended by 300 local donors, the Auction Gala is the non-profit’s biggest fundraising event of the year and celebrates youth programming across Alaska.

2012 Summer of Heroes is a partnership between Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to support youth development programs throughout the state and recognize young Alaskans who are making a difference in their local communities. Six recipients, ranging from ages 12 to 18, were selected from more than 60 nominations received from communities across the state.

As part of the program, Alaska Communications pledged to donate $25 to the Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska for every phone sold during the nomination period, up to $15,000. During the last five years, the charity has lost about $6 million in federal funding due to the decline of grants at the federal level. Alaska Communications’ donation will help provide much needed funds for the nonprofit’s youth programs and build communities that are positive, healthy places for Alaskans to live.

“The Summer of Heroes program embodies the very core of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska’s mission, which is to help the diverse youth of Alaska to realize their full potential,” said Alana Humphrey, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. “Along with our many staff, volunteers and other partners, Alaska Communications’ donation will help keep our lights on, our doors unlocked, and our arms opened for the youth of Alaska.”

“As a responsible corporate citizen, Alaska Communications is committed to supporting strong youth education and development programs, which are critical to helping children succeed in life,” said Heather Cavanaugh, Alaska Communications director of corporate communications. “Our hope is that this donation will help support Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska’s programs around the state. Together we can create a better place for the young people of Alaska.”

In addition to the cash donation, the 2012 Summer of Heroes program recognized six outstanding young people who are making a difference within their Alaska communities. This year’s honorees are Keefer Brown, 14, of Wasilla; Regan Fitzgerald, 18, of Anchorage; Stacey Garbett, 18, of Fairbanks; Julia Gebert, 12, of Anchorage; Shaylee Rizzo, 17, of Kenai; and Courtney Stroh, 16, of Kenai. Alaska Communications hosted the heroes and their families at the State Fair in Palmer on Saturday, Aug. 26 where they presented each hero with a $1,500 scholarship during a special ceremony emceed by KTUU-TV news anchor Corey Allen-Young.

For full biographies of each Summer of Heroes scholarship recipient and more information about Alaska Communications’ work in the community, visit www.alaskacommunications.com/summerofheroes. Stay up-to-date on Summer of Heroes initiatives and events by connecting with Alaska Communications on Facebook and Twitter.

About Alaska Communications
Headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is a leading provider of high-speed wireless, mobile broadband, Internet, local, long-distance and advanced broadband solutions for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The Alaska Communications network includes advanced broadband and voice networks and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States.  For more information, visit www.alaskacommunications.com or www.alsk.com.

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