SOURCE: RCN Corporation

September 02, 2009 17:23 ET

RCN Hosts Blood Drives and Events With Appearances by HBO® Hit Series "True Blood's"® Nelsan Ellis

University of Illinois Medical Center Partners With RCN for Fall College Events in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - September 2, 2009) - RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet, and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers, as well as high-capacity transport services to carrier and large enterprise customers, announced today it will partner with the University of Illinois Medical Center as part of its Fall Rush campaign. This year's promotion includes two blood drives and three "True Blood" themed events where guests have an opportunity to enjoy music and refreshments as well as free tastings of Tru Blood, the highly anticipated real blood orange beverage from HBO.

The first "True Blood" themed event was held at Carmen's Pizza on August 19; an additional event was held at Qdoba Mexican Grill on N. Lincoln Ave., near The Biograph Museum on September 2.

"True Blood" fans will have an opportunity to meet star Nelsan Ellis, who will be making an appearance at the "Fangtasia" party scheduled for September 11. Hamilton's, located at 6341 N. Broadway St., will be the place to be from 9pm-12midnight.

Ellis is known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds, the short-order cook at the show's popular hangout, Merlotte's. Decorated to resemble Fangtasia, the show's popular vampire bar, the party will feature music, food and refreshments. The "Fangtasia" party is open to all fans, but requires an RSVP to www.rcn.com/fangs.

Continuing the theme, RCN will sponsor two blood drives that will be run by the University of Illinois Medical Center. The first will be held on September 17 from 10am-3pm at DePaul University, at Cortelyou Commons (2324 N. Fremont St). A second blood drive will be held on September 24 from 10am-3pm at Loyola University, at Bremmer Lounge of Centennial Forum Student Union (1125 Loyola Ave., across from the Gentile Center). Donors will receive giveaways as well as snacks and refreshments.

"By partnering with RCN, the University of Illinois Medical Center is better able to fulfill its mission of providing blood to patients in need, and we are grateful to RCN for helping to raise awareness about the constant need for blood," said Dr. Sally Campbell-Lee, Director of Transfusion Medicine, University of Illinois Medical Center. "The college community is very supportive of the Medical Center, and these blood drives will help to ensure that blood is on hospital shelves when it's most needed."

"Fall Rush promotions are special every year as it is always a great opportunity to meet and interact with our customers of all ages," said Tom McKay, Senior Vice President and General Manager of RCN Chicago. "We are pleased that this year's partnership with the University of Illinois Medical Center will help promote the importance of blood donation through sponsorship of the campus blood drives. RCN is committed to its customers and to the community, and these events are a great way to show our support."

RCN's Fall Rush promotion is aimed to connect with college students as they set up their television, internet and telephone service for the upcoming school year. In addition, RCN is offering three months of free HBO for new customers who sign up for its services now through October 31.

About RCN Chicago

RCN serves Chicago's lakefront, including Lincoln Park, Lake View, Gold Coast, Streeterville, Rogers Park and Village of Skokie.

About RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), www.rcn.com, is a competitive broadband services provider delivering all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers under the brand names of RCN and RCN Business Services, respectively. In addition, through its RCN Metro Optical Networks business unit, RCN delivers fiber-based high-capacity data transport services to large commercial customers, primarily large enterprises and carriers, targeting the metropolitan central business districts in the company's geographic markets. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago. (RCNI-G)

About University of Illinois Medical Center

The University of Illinois Medical Center is a comprehensive teaching and research hospital and is the state's largest public medical facility. Founded in 1925, the medical center has pioneered dramatic innovations in medical treatment, technology and cutting-edge research with a dedication to patient care.

The medical center includes a 507-bed hospital and more than 40 primary care and specialty outpatient clinics. It is associated with UIC's health sciences colleges of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, public health and applied health sciences. The hospital serves as the primary teaching facility for the College of Medicine, the nation's largest medical school. In Illinois, approximately one in six physicians is a graduate of the UIC College of Medicine.

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