News Release

Verizon Wireless Calls Ronald McDonald House for Lifetime Promotion

November 8, 2000

SCHAUMBURG, IL — A $20 contribution to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana this holiday season will provide a lifetime of benefits for the organization and donors alike through a timely promotion announced by Verizon Wireless.

In return for their $20 donation this holiday season, customers throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas will be eligible to enroll in a Verizon Wireless rate plan that provides 1000 Nights and Weekend minutes per month for life.

Greg Klimek, Chicago Region President for Verizon Wireless, said the company has set a $200,000 goal for the promotion which extends through January 1, 2001. "This is a great opportunity for our Chicagoland customers to support a great Chicago-area-based charitable organization. We hope it is well received and widely accepted throughout the holiday season as a way of giving, receiving and staying connected," he said.

The special promotion, announced in conjunction with the 2000 holiday season, applies only to the Verizon Wireless' DigitalChoiceSM plans, in which your minutes travel with you anywhere in the state of Illinois and Northwest Indiana (Gary, Hammond, Munster, Merrillville, etc.), at one low rate, with no roaming or toll charges. There are four plans to choose from, starting as low as $9.99 each month for 75 anytime minutes.

The promotion is offered through all Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Verizon Wireless stores as well as at Radio Shack, Best Buy and other authorized dealer locations.

Klimek explained that, for added convenience, new customers participating in the program will have the $20 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities applied to their first monthly bill, thus eliminating an out-of-pocket contribution at the point of sale.

Existing Verizon Wireless customers who are already on DigitalChoice rate plans can also participate by calling customer service to make the donation, which will be applied to their next monthly bill, and get the feature added. Contract extensions are not necessary. Verizon Wireless customers not currently on DigitalChoice plans can enroll by making the donation, changing their rate to a qualifying plan and, where necessary, participating in an equipment upgrade program.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana awards grants to local not-for-profit organizations that help lift children and families to a better tomorrow, and provides support to three Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicago area. Since this local chapter of the charity was started in 1987 by the local McDonald's Operators, RMHC has given more than $7.7 million to 378 local organizations serving children.

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