Chattanooga, TN (June 2, 2017) - EPB Fiber Optics announces the launch of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a community-wide fundraising drive organized by Chattanooga’s hometown service provider, that will benefit Make-A-Wish East Tennessee during this first year.
As an annual initiative, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will showcase a different non-profit organization each year and design a fundraising drive to match the recipient’s mission. This year, Make-A-Wish East Tennessee was selected to assist them in fulfilling the wishes of a growing number of area children facing life-threatening illness.
“We are fortunate to be a part of a giving community, and to be able to support Make-A-Wish East Tennessee,” said EPB marketing manager Beth Johnson. “We know that through the generosity of our community, we can collectively support this remarkable local cause that makes a true difference in the lives of hundreds of children living in our area.”
For 2017, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraiser has invited three local television celebrities to make a “Celebrity Wish” and ask the community to “vote” for the one they would like to be granted. The community can “vote” by making a donation to Make-A-Wish on that celebrity’s fundraising page. EPB Fiber Optics will cover the expense of granting the winning “Celebrity Wish” while all donations made in the name of the wish will go directly to Make-A-Wish East Tennessee.
All three of this year’s celebrities chose a wish to benefit others.
WRCB news anchor Cindy Sexton’s “Celebrity Wish” is to give Joey Cope, a cancer survivor who recently adopted two children with his wife, a trip to Disney World.
WTVC meteorologist Brian Smith’s “Celebrity Wish” is to throw a luau for Make-A-Wish East Tennessee families featuring renowned barbeque grill master Stephen Raichlen.
WDEF meteorologist Chip Chapman’s “Celebrity Wish” is to invite all children in our area who have been touched by cancer to share an evening together by “taking over” the Chattanooga Zoo.
To vote for one of these “Celebrity Wishes” via a donation to Make-A-Wish East Tennessee, go to www.epb.com/neighbors-helping-neighbors, which links to the “Celebrity Wish” web pages on the Make-A-Wish East Tennessee web site where you can make a donation in the name of the “Celebrity Wish” you want EPB Fiber Optics to grant. A leaderboard will be updated daily to reflect which local celebrity receives the most votes/donations. On June 30, EPB Fiber Optics will announce the “Celebrity Wish” they will be granting based on which draws the most support from the community. All donations will go directly to Make-A-Wish East Tennessee and are tax deductible.
Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.
EPB serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid.