FORT MYERS, Fla. CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today donated 20 new bicycles to the Dr. Piper Center for the nonprofit’s 97th Annual Christmas Party later this year. Executives from CenturyLink, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Karen Puckett traveled to Fort Myers to make the donation in person.

“We are so impressed with the Dr. Piper Center’s commitment to helping less fortunate children every Christmas for the last 97 years,” said Taylor Chestnut, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for southwest Florida. “Giving back to the communities we serve is an important part of CenturyLink’s culture and this donation is a great way to show this commitment.”

CenturyLink employees built the bicycles as part of a team building exercise earlier this year. The bikes are sized for elementary school children.

“We are very grateful to CenturyLink for this donation,” said Nida Eluna, executive director for Dr. Piper Center. “We provide gifts to hundreds of children every Christmas and we always need more bicycles.”

CenturyLink Service Technician Larry Willis spoke at the presentation. Willis grew up in Fort Myers and says he looked forward to the Dr. Piper Center Christmas every year.

“We didn’t have much when I was growing up, but the Dr. Piper Center always made sure we got something for Christmas,” Willis said. “I’m really proud to work for a company like CenturyLink that’s helping out children in our community. It means a lot.”

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit