Metro Taxi Receives American Red Cross’ Pearce Award

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Metro Taxi Receives American Red Cross’ Pearce
Award for Outstanding Volunteerism and In-Kind
Contributions

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (July 17, 2009) – The South Central
Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARCSCT) presented Metro Taxi
with the Pearce Award at the nonprofit’s annual
“Volunteer & Recognition Dinner” held recently at
the New Haven Lawn Club. The Pearce Award is given each year to a
business offering extraordinary volunteerism and in-kind
contributions. The award is named after Herbert H. Pearce, founder
of H. Pearce Real Estate Co. in New Haven, a business and community
leader and longstanding donor to ARCSCT.

Last summer, the ARCSCT forged a “Community
Partnership” with Metro Taxi, Connecticut’s largest,
full-service cab company, as an innovative way to receive year-long
support for many of the American Red Cross’ most pressing and
challenging societal needs. ARCSCT already has existing Community
Partnerships with the United Way of Greater New Haven, Community
Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Easter Seals-Goodwill
Industries, Shore Publishing, LLC, Connecticut Parent, and WTNH
News Channel 8 and Fox 61/WTIC TV.

“The American Red Cross of South Central Connecticut is
pleased to honor our Community Partner, Metro Taxi, with this
year’s Pearce Award,” said CEO Charles Frey. “On
an ongoing basis, Metro Taxi provides opportunities for helping the
Red Cross to help its neighbors in need by raising much-needed
awareness and funds. Whether it is stationing its cars in each town
in our jurisdiction to collect food, toys, clothing and funds,
partnering on health and safety fairs and seminars that raise
awareness of life-saving skills and healthy living, or promoting
the core services of Red Cross on its taxi top billboards, Metro
Taxi is a valuable partner and vital to the success of our mission,
locally and globally.” Frey also credited Metro Taxi for
“helping to shape the future of service delivery in
Connecticut.”

On a pro bono basis, Metro Taxi recently created a taxi-top
advertisement for the American Red Cross to offer its nonprofit
Community Partner a street-smart solution to driving its brand to
new destinations and demographics throughout the state and around
the clock.

Metro Taxi will again co-sponsor ARCSCT’s signature
fund-raising gala, “Paint the Town Red Shoreline Gala: A
Night to Sparkle,” to be held Oct. 30, 2009 at Woodwinds in
Branford.