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$16,500 Raised at Consolidated's Operation Honor Guard Day of Giving Collection Sites in Mattoon, Charleston

Local veterans, Consolidated Communications employees collect funds for Operation Honor Guard in Illinois

MATTOON, Ill. – Oct. 8, 2019Consolidated Communications employees and local veterans collected more than $16,500 during the Operation Honor Guard Day of Giving on Oct. 2 at the company’s corporate office in Mattoon and at Family Video in Charleston.

Operation Honor Guard provides charitable assistance in the form of grants to organizations that provide military funerals for veterans and service members. The funding will help outfit Honor Guard members in dress uniforms to conduct military services.

Throughout the 13-hour collection period, more than 75 veterans from Mattoon, Charleston, Ashmore, Kansas, Paris, Arcola, Windsor, Neoga and Sigel accepted donations from the public and local businesses at the drive-through collection points. Consolidated Communications employees helped organize the local Day of Giving and employees volunteered to manage traffic, collect donations and host the veterans throughout the day. The Mattoon Fire Department supported the effort by displaying a giant U.S. flag near Charleston Avenue.

Donations from the Day of Giving collection sites will be distributed by the nonprofit, based in Danville, Ill., to local honor guard units that sent volunteers.

“Our employees rallied behind the effort to host our veteran guests and support the Day of Giving for the third year,” said Michael Smith, chief revenue assurance officer at Consolidated Communications. “We are passionate about supporting Operation Honor Guard and were excited when our employees volunteered to facilitate a second collection site at Family Video in Charleston this year.”

In addition to the monies gathered in Mattoon and Charleston, Consolidated Communications also supported the event by making a corporate contribution of $5,000 to Operation Honor Guard.

About Consolidated Communications
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses, and wireless and wireline carriers across rural and metro communities and a 23-state service area. Leveraging an advanced fiber network spanning 37,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: high-speed Internet, data, phone, security, managed services, cloud services and wholesale, carrier solutions. From our first connection 125 years ago, Consolidated is dedicated to turning technology into solutions, connecting people and enriching how they work and live. Visit for more information.

About Operation Honor Guard

Operation Honor Guard’s mission is to outfit every honor guard member throughout the United States. Operation Honor Guard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants to veterans service organizations to purchase uniforms, caps, shoes, flags and other items necessary to respectfully perform funeral services for military and service personnel.

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