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BOSTON GAS ANNOUNCES FUNDRAISING COLLABORATION WITH BOSTON PARTNERS IN EDUCATION; NONPROFIT TO BENEFIT FROM SALE OF 'RAINBOW TANK' COMMEMORATIVES

 BOSTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Boston Gas Company announced that they will begin repainting the famous rainbow design on the remaining gas tank at their Dorchester facility. The original "rainbow tank" was removed last year due to increased gas pipeline capacity from the Southwest United States and Canada. The original rainbow was designed in 1971 by internationally acclaimed artist, Corita Kent. Corita had designed the rainbow as a "symbol of hope, uplifting and spring" for Boston. When removing the first tank, Boston Gas was committed to repainting the design on the remaining tank because of the symbol it has become for Boston, and the overwhelming requests for its return.
 The painting is a four-step process consisting of primer, intermediate and white coats then the application of the rainbow colors. Application of the primer is underway, and application of the colors will be completed this fall.
 To commemorate the original "rainbow tank," the colored paint chips from the rainbow have been captured in three-inch square lucite cubes and are available for sale. Proceeds from the lucite cubes will benefit Boston Partners in Education (BPE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting academic and social development of students in Boston public schools. BPE also assists in local public school mentoring and literacy programs, as well as providing training and technical assistance to teachers, administrators, parents, businesses and students.
 Rainbow artist Corita Kent, also famous for her design of the vertical 22-cent "Love" stamp in the 1980s, was a strong supporter of Boston Partners in Education. In addition to volunteering her time to advancing public education, Corita donated 100 pieces of her artwork for the 15th anniversary of Boston Partners in Education to Boston Public schools for all to enjoy.
 According to Mickey Myers, artistic advisor of Corita Kent's estate, "Corita would be overjoyed to see her artwork benefiting school children in Boston. She was a teacher for 32 years and worked diligently to encourage quality education throughout her life."
 To date, over $5,000 has been raised for BPE from the sale of the lucite cubes. Boston Gas Company President Chet Messer stated, "We are privileged to be working with such a fine organization as Boston Partners in Education and are thrilled with the results from the cube sales so far. Support for our Boston public school system is vital to the future of our city, and we encourage everyone to join us in that effort, and receive a piece of a historical landmark in return for helping an important cause."
 Eighth-grade students Tina Kaplan, Tam Tran and Marie Fallaise from the McCormack School in Dorchester, Mass., with their mentors from BPE, attended today's event at the Dorchester gas tank and painted the first symbolic colors of the rainbow design on the gas tank to kick-off its return to Boston.
 The "rainbow tank" commemorative cubes can be purchased for $12.95 through Boston Partners in Education. To place an order, checks should be made payable to Boston Partners in Education and addressed to: The Rainbow Commemorative/P.O. Box 9200/Waltham, MA/02154. Quantities are limited.
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 /CONTACT: Frank Arricale of Boston Gas, 617-742-8400/


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