November 17, 2009
Kirkland, WA – Wave Broadband has volunteered to support a Kitsap-based non-profit organization, Blue Star Banner Program, or BSBP. Kitsap’s BSBP, founded by Lynette George of Seabeck, WA, displays 6-foot banners all around the Kitsap region to honor local men and women serving in the military.
BSBP has been enlisting the help of local government, businesses and families since 2005 to support its commitment to pay tribute to local military service men and women. Challenging economic conditions have led to budget cuts for many volunteer projects, and BSBP was left without a resource to help continue hanging and maintaining the banners.
“I was so overwhelmed when Wave Broadband called, offering their support at the right time to support our program,” said George, “Not only does Wave want to hang our banners for us, they are also willing to help expand the program.”
Wave volunteered to utilize its trucks, equipment and field technicians to hang new banners for BSBP. “We were more than happy to step up to the plate and help the Blue Star Banner Program,” says Michael Talpai, Regional Vice President of Wave Broadband, “Wave is a part of this community, and the military plays a huge role in our lives in this community. We are thrilled that we can help honor our local men and women who serve our country here and away from home.”
In addition to helping BSBP hang new banners in the Kitsap area, Wave is also helping the organization branch out into other areas in Western Washington. “It’s such a wonderful way to pay tribute to the service men and women from this region, we’d like to see this reach other areas outside of Kitsap as well,” says Talpai.
Coincidentally, one of Wave’s own employees, Coby Love of Port Angeles, was just being deployed to Afghanistan in September, as Talpai began talking with George to organize Wave’s volunteer support for BSBP. “That’s when we started talking about taking the Blue Star Banner Program beyond the Kitsap community. We wanted to honor Coby too, and I’m positive there are many families in Port Angeles, Sequim and other towns in Washington that would love to see their local heroes honored.”
Wave will sponsor a Blue Star for Coby Love, and the banner will hang outside of Wave’s Port Angeles retail store on First Avenue.
Wave will also be participating in a Gold Star ceremony taking place in Silverdale on November 22nd at 2:00 p.m. on the corner of Silverdale Way and Bucklin Hill in Silverdale. Gold Stars are displayed for those who have died while on duty. The upcoming Gold Star ceremony will honor Bryce Reidinger of Silverdale. Reidinger was a member of the Army.
Wave’s support for the Blue Star Banner Program is part of its Connecting Communities Initiative, which also includes community events and sponsorships, donation of services, local classroom support, and more.
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