Metro Elevator Inc. Launches Its Ride the Pink Elevator Campaign at Good Samaritan

Vincennes, IN, October 8, 2015 — Metro Elevator Co. Inc. is raising the bar on fundraising with its partnership with the Susan G. Komen foundation and will launch its national Ride the Pink Elevator campaign at the construction site of Good Samaritan at 8 a.m. on October 9, 2015.

The first pink elevator in Indiana and the 6th in the U.S. will raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer, and will serve as a model for similar campaigns around the country.

Metro Elevator will host a campaign kickoff celebration at Blossom Hill Rental Complex in Vincennes at 5:30 p.m. on October 8. Donations collected from October 8, 2015, through January 8, 2016, will support Komen’s work locally and nationally to end breast cancer.

Hunt Construction Group is the lead construction firm building Good Samaritan’s expansion project. They installed a pink elevator — leased from Metro Elevator — on the west side exterior of the hospital during the week of September 7. It will remain in place through early July 2016.

Metro Elevator specializes in rack and pinion construction hoist sales and leasing, and paints select elevators in the signature Komen pink to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Metro Elevator partners with clients, top builders, construction managers and general contractors on select projects in major cities throughout the U.S. and is pleased to work with Komen leaders in Evansville Tri-State to turn this into a well-received national program.

According to Charlie Ernstes II, president of Metro Elevator, interest in the Ride the Pink Elevator campaign is growing and now has four additional builders/general contractors who have committed to this fundraising opportunity.

“I am thankful, excited and amazed that the Ride the Pink Elevator campaign has taken off on the level it has,” Ernstes said. “It has been an invigorating awakening, beginning with thoughts of doing a one-time fundraiser here in Indianapolis to now getting calls from all over the United States asking for our pink elevators. We truly appreciate the opportunity to work with and help fund such a worthy cause for something that affects one in eight women in the U.S. and with an organization that is working to improve the health and well-being of women around the world.”

Metro Elevator’s initiative has converted hoist elevators into brilliant, vibrant pink fundraising ambassadors for a cause that affects approximately 12 percent of women annually and has risen just over $34,000.00 in the first 12 months of the campaign on 3 different projects.

For more information and to support Metro Elevator’s Ride the Pink Elevator campaign to benefit Komen, visit www.komen.org/pinkelevator.com

About Metro Elevator Inc.

Metro Elevator Co. Inc. was founded in 1970 and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. We specialize in sales, service and leasing of various brands of rack and pinion construction hoists and elevators. Our corporate motto is, “Getting our customers to the top since 1970.” Metro Elevator also is a proud sponsor of the Indianapolis Colts and Indy Car driver Pippa Mann, in the Komen Indy car at the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Visit metroelevator.com or call 317-562-9833. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/metroelevator and Twitter @metroelevator and to make a donation visit www.komen.org/pinkelevator.

About Hunt Construction Group, An AECOM Company

Hunt Construction Group, An AECOM Company, is a top ranked Construction Management/General Contracting firm byEngineering News-Record. With offices nationwide, Hunt maintains a volume between $6 billion and $8 billion of work under contract nationally in a dozen different industries.

Our team of professionals has been providing services for hospitals and medical centers nationwide for over 50 years. We envision hospitals as more than just a physical structure. We see them as healing environments that offer quiet overnight stays, sterile operating rooms, clean laboratories and visitor-friendly facilities. With this vision guiding us, we strategically manage all phases of the construction process with the end-result in mind. After 70 years of experience in the construction business, Hunt has never lost sight of the primary goal of its founders: Do the job right. For more information, visit www.huntconstructiongroup.com or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HuntConstructionGroup.

About Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan, Knox County’s largest employer, is licensed for 232 in-house patients. Annually, Good Samaritan has more than 490,000 outpatient visits and an additional 37,000 plus visits to its emergency room. The hospital offers a wide scope of medical services. From thoracic surgery to the birth of a baby, this growing health care provider balances quality patient care with preventive education to fulfill its mission. Consistently ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in patient satisfaction, Good Samaritan provides a superb level of care while maintaining fiscal integrity and expanding facilities to meet the needs of the community. For more information, visit www.gshvin.org.

Mission: Provide excellent health care by promoting wellness and healing through trusting relationships.
Vision: To be recognized as the regional center of excellence in health and wellness.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $847 million in research and provided $1.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/susangkomen and Twitter @SusanGKomen.

About Komen Evansville Tri-State

The first Komen Evansville Tri-State Race for the Cure was held in 1998 with over 5,000 participants. The event has continued to grow each year and now has over 11,000 participants. Along with all other fundraisers held within the Evansville Tri-State, the Affiliate granted $395,783 in May 2015 to 12 local institutions located in our 28 county service area. This area encompasses Southern Indiana (including Vincennes, Indiana), Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky and brings the total local dollars funded in the past years to over $7.5 million. Up to 75% of all funds raised locally remain locally and allow Komen Evansville Tri-State to present public breast health symposiums and education programs, participate in health fairs, and offer our nationally recognized Pink Sunday Outreach program to local churches and provide for screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and treatment of breast cancer for those who are either uninsured or underinsured. The remaining 25% net income supports the Komen Research Grant Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research around the world. Since our inception, Komen Evansville Tri-State has contributed over $2.7 million to this fund.

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