January 13, 2010 in City

Alcoa helps wedding can couple

The Spokesman-Review
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Andrea Parrish and Peter Geyer have collected about 4 percent of their 400,000-can goal. They plan to use recycling proceeds to fund their wedding. They have about 120 pounds of cans in the living room of their Spokane home, which they share with their cat, Smudgie.
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A Spokane couple trying to fund their July wedding by recycling 400,000 cans has found a friend in the planet’s biggest name in aluminum.

A spokesman for Alcoa announced today that the corporation will donate 150,000 cans and help spread the word about what Peter Geyer and Andrea Parrish are trying to do.

Greg Wittbecker, Alcoa’s recycling director, commended the couple for raising recycling awareness.

“We just wanted to encourage them to keep up the great effort, and to make sure they have the wedding they’ve dreamed of.”

Alcoa’s gift when added to recent donations has put the couple’s total at the equivalent of nearly 260,000 cans – or about 65-percent of their goal. (Follow along or see how you can help at: www.weddingcans.com.)

That’s a giant leap from the equivalent of 18,441 cans that they had amassed last week when the can-do couple’s dream was spotlighted in Doug Clark’s column. Stay tuned this Thursday as Clark plans to focus on the worldwide media attention that Peter and Andrea have received since their story took flight.

“The response has been absolutely amazing and surprising and better than we ever could have hoped for,” said Andrea, a free-lance marketing and communications consultant.

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