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Press Release -- March 18th, 2013
Source: Birch Communications
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Birch is a Silver Sponsor of the 2013 International Cherry Blossom Festival and 5K Road Race

Signature event in Middle-Georgia attracts over 350,000 visitors annually

Macon, Ga. – March 18, 2013 - Birch Communications, a leading IP-based communications and cloud services provider to small- and medium-sized businesses, announces continued support for Macon, Georgia – this time as a co-sponsor of the kick-off gala dinner, and also the 5K Cherry Blossom Road Race for the 31st annual “Pinkest Party on Earth” International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia, March 15-24, 2013.

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 were pleased to have the opportunity to co-host the gala event, which was very well attended,” said Vincent Oddo, Birch president and CEO. “We look forward to the additional events during this celebration, including the 5K run, which will be a great finale to a jam-packed week of events. The International Cherry Blossom Festival allows the residents of Macon to showcase the great beauty of the greater Macon area and hospitality of our residents, bringing many guests to Macon to experience the excitement for the first time. 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 IP-based communications and cloud services to small and medium-sized businesses in select metropolitan areas across the United States. Birch services include: local and long distance voice, broadband Internet access, T1, PRI, bonded T1, PRI & DSL, SIP trunking, hosted PBX, wireless voice and data, hosted e-mail & applications, voicemail, and many other communications. Birch voice and broadband 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 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2004 rankings, Birch was one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. In 2010, Birch was also named the 7th fastest growing private business in Atlanta, and in 2011 as one of the Top 100 Private Companies in Atlanta, by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Please visit www.birch.com for more information.

Birch Communications Media Contact:
Greg Corwin, Director, Marketing
greg.corwin@birch.com
816.300.1686

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