Gannett Foundation, USA TODAY Lead Sponsorship of Arlington, va., Day of Remembrance and Appreciation
ARLINGTON, Va. – Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) and its flagship newspaper, USA TODAY, announced today they would take the lead sponsorship role in Arlington County’s Day of Remembrance and Appreciation for the victims and heroes of the Pentagon attack on Sept. 11.
A donation of $30,000 will be made to the Oct. 7 event by the Gannett Foundation, which is sponsored by the company and makes grants to non-profit organizations in communities where Gannett has operations.
USA TODAY has been headquartered in Arlington, Va., since 1982 and Gannett’s headquarters moved to Arlington in 1986. The company is moving its operations to Tysons Corner, Va., this month.
“Leaving Arlington is difficult after all these years, especially in light of the Sept. 11 tragedy,” said Douglas H. McCorkindale, Chairman, President and CEO of Gannett. “We are pleased to be able to participate in the Day of Remembrance as a way to say thank you to the county and to the employees who were so helpful to us on Sept. 11 and throughout the years.”
The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Washington-Lee High School Stadium, 1300 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore is expected to attend. Also, there will be performances by the Arlington Symphony and the Metropolitan Chorus.
Members of the Arlington County Fire and Police Departments, emergency workers including Urban Search and Recovery Teams, and organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army will be honored. The evening will conclude with a candle lighting ceremony.
For more information about transportation and parking, access www.co.arlington.va.us on the Internet or call (703) 228-3314.
Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company that publishes 97 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns in excess of 300 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. In the United Kingdom, Gannett subsidiary Newsquest plc publishes nearly 300 titles, including 15 daily newspapers. Gannett also operates 22 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by most of its TV stations and newspapers including USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the web.