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President King Thanks Mayor and Corporate Sponsors for helping Little Leagues

Thursday April 3, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Office of the President
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

Once again, the generosity of Metro Louisville’s business community has stepped in to help out in tight economic times and Metro Parks Little Leagues will not have to worry about extra costs for electricity this year.

“I commend Mayor Abramson for listening and then working to find a solution,” says Metro Council President Jim King (D) 10. “I think the city can also be very proud that our business community is willing to do their part.”

The Mayor announced on Thursday, that along with PNC Bank, seven other corporations have contributed $65,000 to cover the cost of electricity for many leagues that use Metro Parks faculties in the coming year.

Those sponsors are, National City; Fifth Third Bank; Hillerich & Bradsby; BB&T, Central Bank, King Southern Bank and Chase.

“I know the Metro Council appreciates this gift,” says King. “I believe this will help the leagues through this year and will give them a chance to make the adjustments necessary to handle the money needed for the cost of electricity in the future.”

As the city faces a $9.4 million shortfall, the Metro Parks department let many leagues know that they would have to start paying for use of electricity. Many of the leagues had already collected the fees needed for this year and were faced with a financial crunch.

“It was unfortunate timing,” says King. “But it is good to know there are those companies in our city that realize the benefits of sports for young people and didn’t hesitate to help out.”

Jim King (D) 10