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Rockport Employees Help in Cancer Fight

by on May 11, 2016
Indiana Michigan Power Company employees and contractors along with representatives of Metro Elevators kick off the “Ride the Pink Elevator” campaign at Rockport.

(Story by Tracy Warner)

What do a pink elevator, grilled hot dogs and a mobile medical unit have in common? The Rockport Generation Plant.

In arranging construction work for the selective catalytic reduction system for Rockport Unit 1, AEP Generation Projects chose Metro Elevator of Indianapolis to install a construction elevator. The company had previously been a vendor for the dry sorbent injection project at Rockport.

This time around, Metro Elevator had an unusual request: Could the elevator be painted pink and used as a fund-raiser to fight breast cancer?

Dick Aeberli, the site construction manager for AEP Generation Projects, liked the idea. “It’s something to give back to the community,” he said. “That’s what we try to do.”

Metro Elevator had begun the “Ride the Pink Elevator” campaign as a way to raise money for Susan G. Komen, originally known as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the nation’s most prominent breast cancer organization. Rockport is the 11th site for the pink elevator.

Like two key Metro Elevator executives who had family members affected by cancer, Aeberli’s family has also been affected. “Many people have loved ones who have had cancer, and so it’s personal for a lot of us,” he said. “If we can fight cancer in any way, it’s worth it.”

“I&M and our employees strive to be good citizens of the Rockport and tri-state communities, and we are pleased to help our neighbors by participating in this unique fund-raiser,” said Tim Kerns, Rockport plant manager.

The Ride the Pink Elevator campaign kicked off Tuesday at Rockport, with a ribbon cutting at the elevator and a fund-raising luncheon, where employees and contractors ate grilled hot-dogs and purchased Pink Elevator T-shirts and hard hats. The evening before, a fund-raising reception at The Rustic in Rockport raised more than $4,400.

Tuesday was chosen as kickoff day because on Wednesday, the plant arranged for the Deaconess Health Systems Mobile Breast Center to conduct free mammograms at the plant-owned Lincoln Commerce Center across U.S. 231 from the plant.

In addition to Aeberli and Kerns, assisting in the cancer-fighting effort were Judy Butcher, Rockport administrator; Tamara Kelley, Rockport senior administrative assistant; and Mike Tussey, AEP general construction coordinator.

The Ride the Pink Elevator fund-raiser continues through June 10; all proceeds will go to the Evansville Tri-State chapter of Susan G. Komen.

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