Metro Elevator Inc., The McDonnel Group Launch First ‘Ride The Pink Elevator’ Campaign In New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – Metro Elevator Co. Inc. is raising the fundraising bar with its partnership with Susan G. Komen to launch the 9th installment of its national “Ride the Pink Elevator” campaign at 1500 Canal St., the site of the construction project known as The Jung Hotel Redevelopment.

         A fund raiser reception will take place at the Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

         There will also be a jobsite ribbon cutting and campaign launch on Thursday, April 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. at the Jung Hotel by the Pink Elevator.

         The goal of the pink elevator campaign is to raise funds and awareness within the construction industry for breast cancer programs and services across the country.

         The McDonnel Group, the general contractor on the Jung Hotel Redevelopment project, installed Metro Elevator’s bright pink construction elevator and pink-ribbon counter-weight on the exterior of the building. The firm expects the elevator to remain up through November 2016.

         Organizers said this marks the very first pink elevator in New Orleans.

         Allan McDonnel, President of The McDonnel Group, said, “McDonnel’s corporate citizenship goes beyond traditional client service initiatives and one-time fundraising activities – it’s woven into the fabric of our business and is engrained in our culture. We have made it a priority to seek out opportunities to volunteer, donate, and support our community.

         “It is through that basic philosophy that we chose to participate in Metro Elevator’s “Ride the Pink Elevator” fundraising campaign for the Susan G. Komen Foundation New Orleans Affiliate. Breast cancer has touched many of our employees’ lives, as well as our extended families throughout the community. The Jung Hotel Redevelopment is a high profile project that provides the “Ride the Pink Elevator” campaign with an opportunity to deliver maximum exposure for breast cancer research and awareness.

         “We are pleased to support this effort as it represents the quality of our employees, their extended families, and our community.”

         Metro Elevator specializes in rack and pinion construction hoist sales and leasing, and paints select elevators the signature Komen pink to raise awareness of breast cancer. They partner with clients, top builders, construction managers and general contractors on select projects in major cities throughout the U.S. and are pleased to work with Komen New Orleans on the model that is being deployed nationally.

         According to Charlie Ernstes II, president of Metro Elevator, interest in the ‘Ride the Pink Elevator’ campaign continues to grow. “I am thankful, excited and amazed that this campaign has taken off at the level it has,” Ernstes said. “It has been an invigorating awakening, beginning with thoughts of doing a one-time fund raiser in Indianapolis to now getting

calls from all over the United States asking for our pink elevators. We truly appreciate the opportunity to work with and help fund such a worthy cause for something that affects one in eight women in the U.S. And we’re thrilled to work with an organization that is working to improve the health and well-being of women around the world.”

         Henry Kothmann, Komen New Orleans Board President said, “Komen New Orleans is proud to partner with Metro Elevator and the McDonnel Group to raise awareness and funds for our mission in the Greater New Orleans Community. We look forward Riding the Pink Elevator and welcoming the Jung Hotel back to New Orleans.”

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