Alaska Communications’ 2012 “Summer of Heroes” Program to Honor Local Youth

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Nominations Open May 23 for Program that also Supports Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska

Alaska Communications announces its second annual “Summer of Heroes” program recognizing local youth who make a difference in Alaska communities. The company will select and award five young Alaskan heroes with $1,500 scholarships and a trip to the Alaska State Fair. Alaskans from all over the state are encouraged to nominate a child. Special events and celebrations leading up to the State Fair will celebrate heroic youths and the program as well.

Alaska Communications is again partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska for the 2012 Summer of Heroes. The company is giving $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska for every new smartphone sold between May 23 and July 23, 2012. The donation, up to $15,000 total, will help provide much needed funds for the nonprofit’s youth programs.

Alaska Communications is asking parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, friends and children to nominate youths between the ages of 6 and 18 who have made an impact in the community. Examples of what defines a local “hero” includes those who saved a person’s life, made a difference by volunteering, raised funds for a cause, or contributed to his or her community in a way that is above and beyond.

Alaskans can submit a 400- to 500-word essay and fill out a nomination form from May 23 through July 23, 2012. Young Alaskans can nominate themselves as well. Visit the Summer of Heroes website on or after May 23 for program rules and nomination forms.

“The Summer of Heroes program celebrates the wonderful contributions young Alaskans are making to our local communities. It also gives our company a chance to elevate heroic efforts of youth statewide while supporting Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska’s important programs,” said Heather Cavanaugh, Alaska Communications director of corporate communications. “Last year’s program was so well received by the community that we decided to make it an annual event as we continue to fulfill our promise to provide youth with education and development opportunities to help them succeed.”

“We are so grateful for the support that Alaska Communications gives us through the Summer of Heroes program. We have been able to directly support Clubhouse programming to encourage our youth’s educational and community service commitment as a result of last year’s contributions, and this year we are in need more than ever,” said Alana Humphrey, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. “The Summer of Heroes is a terrific way to inspire Alaskans to stand behind our youth and celebrate the positive impact each and every one of them can make in their towns.”

Last year’s inaugural Summer of Heroes program recognized five outstanding young people from within their Alaska communities. This year, an Alaska Communications’ Summer of Heroes internal employee program will also gift one special son or daughter of an Alaska Communications employee a scholarship as well.

For more information, please visit http://www.alaskacommunications.com/summerofheroes, any Alaska Communications retail store or Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska Clubhouse. 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 data solutions for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The Alaska Communications network includes the most advanced wireline and wireless data and voice networks and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. For more information, visit http://www.alaskacommunications.com or http://www.alsk.com.

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