Charlotte, NC, May 2, 2011 – The Time Warner Cable and News 14 Carolina Community Recovery Drive raised $268,000 for American Red Cross tornado relief efforts in North Carolina through donor contributions and a Time Warner Cable match. Including the Community Recovery Drive, the total support generated by Time Warner Cable including cash and in-kind services now stands at $542,000.
“The phone, video and Internet service Time Warner Cable provided during our initial response was critical to meeting the needs of our community,” said Barry Porter, regional executive director, American Red Cross. “The financial support raised during the telethon will go a long way toward meeting our community's long-term needs.”
“Because of the generosity of News 14 Carolina viewers and our customers across North Carolina and South Carolina, the American Red Cross is receiving much needed support as they continue to serve tornado victims here in North Carolina,” said Carol Hevey, executive vice president, Time Warner Cable East. “I want to personally thank everyone who donated. All of us at Time Warner Cable are proud to play even a small part in helping our neighbors, and our community, recover.”
News 14 Carolina featured the telethon every hour on Friday including special appeals from NASCAR legends Richard Petty and Kyle Petty, current NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Johnson Crew Chief Chad Knaus and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Crew Chief Steve Letarte, Carolina Panthers Head Football Coach Ron Rivera, “The Voice of the Tar Heels” Woody Durham, NC State Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried, NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Kellie Harper and Duke University Head Football Coach David Cutcliffe.
Elected officials that participated included Governor Beverly Perdue, Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Philip Berger, U.S. House of Representatives members Mike McIntyre, Renee Ellmers and Howard Coble and Fayetteville Mayor Anthony G. Chavonne. In addition, several members of the North Carolina General Assembly representing some of the hardest hit areas of the state will participate, including N.C. State Senators Ed Jones, E.S. “Buck” Newton, David Rouzer, Richard Stevens and Michael P. Walters and N.C. House of Representatives Member James H. Langdon, Jr.
All monies raised during the Community Recovery Drive are going directly to benefit those affected in North Carolina. Any money raised above and beyond what is needed here in NC would be used for future disasters in the U.S.
About Time Warner Cable & News 14 Carolina
News 14 Carolina is a 24-hour state and local news and weather network only available to Time Warner Cable customers on channel 14, 114 and 1114. Time Warner Cable’s East Region provides technologically advanced video, Internet and telephone services to more than 5.9 million residential and business customers. Time Warner Cable’s East Region serves more than 1,300 cities in nine states, including Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The East Region has more than 17,000 employees focused on delivering the company’s mission every day by connecting people and businesses with information, entertainment and each other.
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.
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