EarthLink Holds Day of Remembrance, Tree-Planting Ceremony to Honor Fallen Neighbors|
Event marks one year since tornados struck community
ARAB, AL — April 30, 2012 — EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading IT services and communications provider, today announced that it held a special Day of Remembrance and tree-planting ceremony at its Arab location on Friday, April 27 to honor the five community members who lost their lives during the tornadoes that ravaged the region one year ago. The dedication also honored survivors and their families, as well as acknowledged the hardships faced by the three EarthLink employees who lost homes during the storms.
The company's Arab team planted five trees on the south end of its building to signify the lives lost. These living memorials were tied with white ribbons and dedicated at 11am, with remarks from Jim O'Brien, Executive Vice President of Network and Customer Operations. Lunch for employees and guests followed. The trees were dedicated in memory of Ann and Phillip Hallmark, Jennifer and Shane Hallmark, and Jayden Hallmark.
Special guests included Ricky, Regina and Julie Hallmark. Julie is a survivor from the Hallmark home, in which sadly these five lives were lost during the devastating EF-4 tornado, including her twin brother Jayden. Arie Hallmark, daughter of Shane and Jennifer Hallmark, her grandmother Susan Garmany and Aunt Cynthia Smallwood were also in attendance.
"It is fitting to plant and dedicate these trees to the memory of our fallen friends at a location that itself suffered significant damage during the storms," said Mike Harry, Vice President of Service Delivery. "We rebuilt and recovered, and hope these beautiful trees will be enjoyed by visitors and employees alike and serve as living memorials to our fallen neighbors."
On August 23, 2011, EarthLink reopened its newly refurbished Arab facility at 8830 US Highway 231 after it was rendered uninhabitable by last April's tornados. The significantly updated building now features a new roof, HVAC units, and interior due to the fire and smoke damage caused by the storm. Framed testimonials from many EarthLink customers were also added to decorate the walls; a thoughtful reminder of their central role in the company's mission.
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. EarthLink Business™ provides voice, data, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For more information, visit EarthLink's website www.earthlink.net.