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COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY DONATED $14,000 TO COLLIN AND DENTON COUNTIES IN 2013

DALLAS, TX, January 3, 2014 - It's the season for giving, and Grande Communications is getting in on the fun. A Texas-based broadband communications company that offers Internet, TV and phone services, the company announced in December that its Grande Cares Club donated more than $14,000 to charitable organizations and events in the Dallas area in 2013. "It feels great as a smaller company to be able to do this," said Matt Rohre, vice president of retail operations. "This isn't corporate donating this money, it's our actual employees." The Grande Cares Club, which Rohre described as similar to an internal United Way for Grande Communications, began the same day the company did in 1999.

The program is completely voluntary, but the company typically has around 55 to 75 percent participation each year. A board of frontline employees decides where to donate the funds, and the company matches what the board gives. In more than 10 years, Grande Cares Club has helped distribute more than $2 million across Frisco, Denton, Little Elm, The Colony, Allen, McKinney, Fairview and Prosper, Rohre said. "We wanted it to be in our culture to make a difference in the community with service and donations," he said. The 6th annual Heritage Ranch Scramble for Soldiers golf tournament and the Fall Community Pancake Breakfast were just two of the events that Grande supported this year through its charitable offerings. The Scramble raised money for the military through the Warrior and Family Support Center, and the Breakfast supported Friends of Fairview Firefighters Association, according to a press release.

Grande Communications may not be as large as some other companies in the area, but Rohre said that doesn't mean its employees can't give back to the areas it serves. "Our company is made up of compassionate and caring individuals," he said. "We like to make an impact in the community and I think this helps show that. We have a devoted staff making every effort to serve the needs of our customers, while simultaneously being community impact leaders." Allen American starlocalmedia.com/allenamerican/

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