GCI Sponsors, Leads Parade at Annual Bear Paw Festival

July 10, 2014

Lexie Mizeras, GCI 907-868-6880, lmizeras@gci.com


Anchorage, Alaska – GCI will sponsor the Bear Paw Grand Parade in Eagle River, for the second year in a row. Dozens of employees and their families will represent GCI and walk in the parade. The Bear Paw festival takes place in downtown Eagle River July 9 – 13, with the parade being held on Saturday, July 12.

The new Anchorage Police Department Dodge Charger is the official parade lead vehicle. During the parade the GCI volunteers will be handing out a coloring sheet that will support the naming contest for the Charger. During the parade, and throughout the summer, GCI and the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association are reaching out to school-age children to name the newest member of the APD fleet with a fun coloring activity. Children who complete the coloring sheet and return it to a GCI store, or submit it via mail or email, are entered to win a special school visit from the new Dodge Charger in the fall. The Charger was donated jointly by GCI and Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Center to the Anchorage Police Department earlier this year.

“At GCI, we take great pride in supporting events that bring our community together,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “GCI is proud to have been part of this great community since 1982, and the Bear Paw Festival has been the premier event of the summer in Chugiak-Eagle River since 1985, providing a fun way for everyone to gather and celebrate the best of Alaska.”

The Bear Paw Festival is held annually in downtown Eagle River and draws participation from throughout Southcentral Alaska, featuring family-friendly events such as the Slippery Salmon Olympics, Classic Car Show, Motorcycle Show and more.

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com/about.