Metro-Tank Basketball Shoot-Out

A SLAM-DUNK FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
2,250+ bus tokens for low-income riders; $900 to NKY Welcome House

CINCINNATI – TANK may have had more points by the end of the game, but two local charities were the real winners, thanks to proceeds from the first annual Metro-TANK Tri-State Charity Basketball Shoot-Out on Feb. 26, 2011.

A SLAM-DUNK FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
2,250+ bus tokens for low-income riders; $900 to NKY Welcome House

CINCINNATI – TANK may have had more points by the end of the game, but two local charities were the real winners, thanks to proceeds from the first annual Metro-TANK Tri-State Charity Basketball Shoot-Out on Feb. 26, 2011.

The proceeds from the event will provide more than 2,250 bus tokens for low-income individuals who need help getting to jobs and job training through the Everybody Rides Metro foundation's partner agencies. In addition, TANK will be able to provide a donation of $900 in TANK bus passes to the Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, which provides services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

With nearly 300 cheering fans in the stands at the Cincinnati State gym Saturday night, the charity game wrapped up with a final score of TANK 67 and Metro 62. Metro and TANK employees, including bus operators and employees from accounting and communication departments, proved their skills on the court. TANK's General Manager Andrew Aiello was on the TANK team.

"The event was a tremendous success for us. We will be able to provide a significant number of bus rides for people who cannot afford them," said Everybody Rides Metro Executive Director Joe Curry. "It was a great game, and I think everyone who attended had a lot of fun. This is just the start of a great tradition."

The game was announced by former ESPN reporter Betsy Ross and was sponsored by attorney J. Thomas Hodges, Veolia Transportation, and an anonymous donor. Hodges is on the board of the Everybody Rides Metro foundation.

About Everybody Rides Metro Foundation:  The first foundation in the nation to be formed by a regional transit authority, Everybody Rides Metro has provided over one million tokens to low-income individuals since 2008. ERM also received the American Public Transportation Association's Innovation Award in 2008. The foundation receives contributions from corporate donors, other foundations, federal grants, and individuals. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.everybodyridesmetro.org.

About Metro:  Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing more than 19 million rides per year. Visit Metro at www.go-metro.com or www.facebook.com/GoMetro.

About TANK:  The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky is an integral part of the Northern Kentucky community, providing public transit service to Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties as well as downtown Cincinnati for more than 35 years. Close to 4 million passengers each year rely on TANK buses throughout the region to get them where they need to be. Visit TANK on the web at www.tankbus.org.

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