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Press Release -- March 22nd, 2011
Source: FairPoint Communications
Tags: Exchange

American Red Cross Honors FairPoint Communications with Life Share Platinum Achievement Recognition

FairPoint Achieves Highest Honor for Employee Blood Donations at Bundle Up Blood Drive

PORTLAND, Maine (March 22, 2011) – The American Red Cross presented FairPoint Communications with the Life Share Program Platinum Level Achievement Recognition for outstanding employee participation in supporting blood drives. The Life Share Program is intended to help blood drive sponsors understand the important role they can play in helping to maintain community blood supply levels.

FairPoint employees across Maine have a long history of supporting the American Red Cross. To provide further support, FairPoint established the FairPoint Bundle Up Blood Drive – a super blood drive in Maine held in Bangor and Portland simultaneously on December 30, 2010. The blood drive came at a critical time for blood donation due to severe weather and flu season and collected 592 units of blood. The drive was the largest one-day holiday collection in Maine Red Cross history.

“I was thrilled that FairPoint achieved the Platinum Level for Life Share this year. This underscores all of the great work they did this year to support the American Red Cross,” said Ellen Russell, director of Maine operations for American Red Cross Blood Services. “FairPoint employees are true partners in helping to ensure a strong community blood supply in Maine and a great example for other businesses.”

Life Share offers business, civic groups and schools the opportunity to empower employees, members and students to do their “fair share” to help save lives. Life Share provides an opportunity for community involvement and recognition as a Life Share sponsor with the American Red Cross.

About FairPoint

FairPoint Communications, Inc. is a provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol FRP. Learn more at www.fairpoint.com.

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