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Press Release -- March 16th, 2012
Source: Birch Communications
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Birch Communications Sponsors International Cherry Blossom Festival

Signature event in Macon, GA, attracts over 350,000 visitors annually

Macon, Ga. – Mar. 16, 2012 - Birch Communications, a leading IP-based telecom and managed services provider to small- and medium-sized businesses, announced today that it will be one of the lead sponsors of the 30th annual International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia, March 16-25, 2012.

The festival has become one of the Top 20 Events in the South, Top 50 Events in the U.S. and Top 100 Events in North America. It has grown from a three-day festival with 30 events, into a 10-day celebration featuring hundreds of events.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to host the gala event which opens the Cherry Blossom festival in our hometown of Macon, GA," said Vincent Oddo, Birch president and CEO. “The International Cherry Blossom Festival allows the residents of Macon to showcase the great beauty of greater Macon area and hospitality of our residents. Birch is privileged to participate each year.”

Macon resident William A. Fickling, Sr., a man who possessed a deep appreciation for beauty and a passion for horticulture, began raising Yoshino cherry trees in 1952. This led to the planting of approximately 500 Yoshino cherry trees all over Macon in 1973. Since that time, the number of Yoshino cherry trees in Macon has grown to over 300,000. In 1982, the first Cherry Blossom Festival was held to celebrate the beauty of the trees and to honor Fickling. The Fickling Family Foundation continues to donate thousands of cherry trees to Macon residents each year and their generosity helps maintain Macon's distinctive designation as Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

Each March, Macon becomes a pink cotton-spun paradise of delight as over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in all their glory. And for 10 days, festival-lovers are treated to one of the most extravagant displays of springtime color in the nation as they visit the town referred to by Congressional Records as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

For more information on this event go to www.cherryblossom.com.

About Birch Communications
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Birch Communications provides managed communications and information technology services to a target market of small- and medium-sized businesses in select metropolitan areas within 38 states across the United States. Birch services include local and long distance voice, broadband Internet access, T1, PRI, bonded T1, integrated PRI, mobile voice and data, e-mail, web-hosting, voicemail, prepaid, and many other communications and information technology services. Birch voice and data services are, in most cases, delivered using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology on the company’s secure IP-Network rather than over the public Internet.

According to Inc. 500|5000 magazine in its 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011 rankings, Birch was one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Contact:
Greg Corwin, Director of Marketing
greg.corwin@birch.com
816.300.1686

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