News Release

Verizon Wireless Donates $2,500 To King County Sexual Assault Resource Center

January 31, 2001

Patti Finley
patti.finley@verizonwireless.com
425-603-7503

SEATTLE, WA — Verizon Wireless has donated $2,500 as an associate sponsor for the annual "Kids Are Our Business" fundraising breakfast sponsored by the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center. The event is being held on Friday, February 2 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel.

The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center is a non-profit organization that works to eliminate sexual assault of any kind in the community. Since the closure of Seattle Rape Relief, the crisis line calls have increased by 30 percent. Last year, nearly 2,000 people turned to the Resource Center for help.

"The Resource Center is a worthwhile organization that provides much needed support to victims, but also important prevention and education tools to others," said Kelley DeLaney, regional president for Verizon Wireless in the Pacific Northwest. "Verizon Wireless has a long history of supporting domestic violence initiatives and is pleased to support this important fundraising effort."

The donation was made through the Verizon Wireless Community Relations program. For more information or for a grant application, please call (425) 603-7955.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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