Owensboro, KY (April 14, 2017) – More than 20 local Spectra by Comcast Spectacor employees from the Owensboro Convention Center and Owensboro Sportscenter and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in Owensboro, KY on Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18 as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day.
Spectra, part of Comcast, provides Venue Management and Ticketing and Fan Engagement to the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro Sportscenter.
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it’s the culmination of Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to volunteerism that began when the company was founded more than 50 years ago. From using technology to create positive change, such as wiring community centers and libraries and teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day, and throughout the year, to make a lasting impact.
This year, the vast majority of projects will take place on Saturday, April 22nd and the Company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in approximately 900 projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001.
With several established gardens – Butterfly, Rose, Daylily, Iris, Herb, Fruit & Berry, and the Takahashi Japanese Memorial Garden – the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden is becoming a center for the growth and display of hundreds of outstanding plant selections as well as a beautiful location for social gatherings. Spectra’s team at the Owensboro Convention Center and Owensboro Sportscenter has committed to the beautification and clean-up of the Garden.
“As we celebrate our 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are so proud to partner with the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden to give back in our community,” said Spectra’s Blake Henry, General Manager at the Owensboro Convention Center and Owensboro Sportscenter. “It’s truly amazing what’s possible when volunteers donate their time to make a difference in the lives of others.”
“The Spectra team’s volunteer service to the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden is vital to the upkeep of The Garden’s 12+ acres,” said Garden Director, Susie Tyler. “They are to be commended for their initiative in contacting The Garden and offering to aid and assist a unique community asset that relies greatly on volunteers.”
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.
For more information on Comcast NBCUniversal volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community. If you are interested in becoming a part of Comcast Cares Day as a volunteer, you may sign-up online at the volunteer portal at www.comcastinthecommunity.com.