GCI Sponsors Iditarider

March 6, 2015

Covenant House International President and CEO Honored As IditaRider By Longtime Supporter GCI During 2015 Iditarod Ceremonial Start

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – To raise awareness about ongoing homelessness in Alaska, Covenant House International President and CEO Kevin Ryan will be traveling from New York City to attend the 2015 Iditarod Ceremonial Start as an IditaRider in partnership with GCI.

GCI has played an active role in helping Covenant House Alaska serve over 100 homeless youth a day and more than 3,800 individuals a year since the shelter opened in 1988. Covenant House Alaska’s doors are open all hours, every day to the community’s homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.

"For 25 years, GCI has helped support homeless youth who walk through the doors of Covenant House Alaska, allowing hundreds of formerly homeless youth to live happy, productive lives,” said Ryan. “We are so grateful to GCI for this unique opportunity to participate in the ceremonial start of the Last Great Race on Earth – what a unique way to take in Alaska’s beauty while generating greater public awareness of the needs of homeless youth.”

Alaska’s largest telecommunications company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state, including Covenant House Alaska in downtown Anchorage. For the 22nd consecutive year, GCI is sponsoring the 2015 Iditarod as the official communications provider bringing enhanced network, including broadband and LTE wireless services, to the trail.

“Similar to the experience on the Iditarod Trail, the homeless youth served by Covenant House overcome hardships on their path to success, including adverse weather, limited resources and often periods of isolation. As a long-time board member, I understand the crucial role that Covenant House plays in our community by providing a safe place for homeless Alaska youth,” said GCI’s Maureen Moore. “GCI fully supports Covenant House’s mission, and our hope is to raise awareness of this vital organization by inviting Mr. Ryan to be our IditaRider for the 2015 Iditarod.”

The 2015 Iditarod will kick off with a Ceremonial Start in Anchorage on Saturday, March 7, on Fourth Avenue beginning at 10 a.m.

About Covenant House

Covenant House is the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing crisis and long-term care to over 56,000 homeless youth each year in 27 cities across six countries.www.covenanthouse.org

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.

Media Contacts: 

Liz Baker; Thompson & Co. Public Relations

Carlette Mack; Covenant House Alaska