GREENVILLE, SC — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is kicking off its annual "Tie One On For Safety" Red Ribbon campaign, along with a special fundraiser from Bell Atlantic Mobile. For the eighth year in a row, the wireless service provider has announced that it will make a cash donation to MADD for every cellular phone purchased through Bell Atlantic Mobile over the holidays. Bell Atlantic Mobile's total donation to MADD during this eight-year period has exceeded $5,000.
During a news conference and candlelight vigil today, the company spelled out details of the donation. The event included victims of drunk driving accidents, local law enforcement, and emergency personnel, to show their support for the cause.
"This donation program not only allows Bell Atlantic Mobile to make a significant cash contribution to MADD, but it allows us to get actively involved in the community and become another voice against drinking and driving during the holidays," said Jerry Fountain, Bell Atlantic Mobile-Southeast vice president.
MADD red ribbons are available at the Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Stores in Greenville, Simpsonville, Taylors, Spartanburg and Anderson.
Fountain also pledged the company's additional support to MADD, as well as motorists and law enforcement officers in the Upstate, by providing the *DUI line. Available since 1994, Bell Atlantic Mobile's *DUI line enables wireless phone users to call law enforcement officials if they spot a person suspected to be driving under the influence.
Opal Holbrook, president of the local MADD chapter, added, "We're excited and proud once again to have Bell Atlantic Mobile join hands with the Greenville County Chapter of MADD. With our combined efforts, we're looking forward to the day when we won't need a *DUI line...or donations aimed at educating the public about the clearly evident hazards of drunk driving."
Editor's note: Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East and systems in the Southwest, covering 180,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 6.9 million customers and 8,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas. Through its "Wireless at Work..." community service program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent, Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL) is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.