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Verizon Wireless, 100 Black Men Of Greater Detroit, Inc. And The Urban League Of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan Have Partnered To Recognize Everyday Heroes

Call for Nominations Now Open

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January 15, 2012

Andrea Meyer
Andrea.Meyer@VerizonWireless.com
847-706-1721

Alan Upchurch
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248-855-6777

DETROIT, MI — Verizon Wireless, 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc and The Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan today announced a call for nominations for “Everyday Heroes,” a program aimed at recognizing modern day heroes who make a difference in the community and who touch the lives of others. Everyday Heroes are the teachers, mentors, volunteers, clergy or family members who give of their time and resources in creative ways to effect change – either in the life of an individual, family, school or community.

Nominations are welcomed online at www.VerizonEverydayHeroes.com.  Ideal candidates are individuals whose extra efforts have made a difference in a life or a local community. Finalists and their nominees will be invited to the Detroit Everyday Heroes Reception in mid March, of 2012. One winner will be selected from each of the following categories: Business/Technology, Education, Students, Healthcare and Community Services. Each winner will be awarded $500 and a Droid XyboardTM by Motorola tablet.

"100 Black Men of Greater Detroit is proud to partner with Verizon Wireless and the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to promote Everyday Heroes. As an organization, we are committed to the intellectual and educational development of the youth and community we serve in the Detroit area. Helping to identify Everyday Heroes who work on a daily basis, supports our national motto "What They See Is What They'll Be," said Anton Chastang, President of 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit.

“Everyday Heroes is a great opportunity to express your gratitude to someone who has empowered you or inspired you through their community service,” said John Granby, president—Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. “We recognize the power of one person to create change and improve their surrounding environment. Everyday Heroes is an extension of our commitment to Detroit, and we’re proud to partner with such respected organizations as 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit and the Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan in making all of this happen.”

To learn more, visit www.VerizonEverydayHeroes.com for full contest rules and to submit a nomination.

To learn more about our partners, visit http://www.100blackmendetroit.org/Joomla/  and http://www.detroiturbanleague.org/

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