News Release

Verizon Wireless Makes Dreams Come True For Area Youngsters

July 5, 2001

Cheryl Bini
cheryl.bini@verizonwireless.com
314-920-4922

Bob Featherston Jr.
For Verizon Wireless
913.851.8700 ext. 25

OVERLAND PARK, KS — More than 10 Kansas City area youth from the Dream Factory will be going to "the concert of the year" next Tuesday, July 10, compliments of Verizon Wireless. The youth will attend the *NSYNC concert at Arrowhead Stadium as guests of Verizon Wireless, a sponsor of the *NSYNC 2001 POPODYSSEY Tour.

The Dream Factory makes dreams and wishes come true for chronically and seriously ill children in the Kansas City area. It has fulfilled the wishes of nearly 2,500 youngsters since 1984.

"For many kids and teens, a chance to see *NSYNC live in concert is a dream come true," said Kirk Golbach, president of Verizon Wireless for the Kansas/Missouri Region. "We are extremely pleased to partner with the Dream Factory to help make this dream a reality for many special youngsters who are fighting hard to overcome their illnesses. We hope they all have a wonderful time."

Three girls from the Dream Factory and their families will get a special bonus of attending a Sound Check Party with the band prior to the concert. During the Sound Check, the girls will be among the Verizon Wireless VIP guests who have the opportunity to listen to *NSYNC sing a few songs and then ask questions of the band members. They also will receive autographed pictures of the group.

Dream Factory VIP guests attending the Sound Check Party are:

  • Jennifer, 10, of Kansas City, Missouri, who recently underwent a heart transplant, paralyzing her on one side. Jennifer will be attending the concert with her sister and mother.
  • Jamie, 14, of Olathe, Kansas, suffers from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Jamie will be attending with her two sisters.
  • April, 15, of Butler, Missouri, is confined to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy. April will attend the concert with her mother.

"Jennifer, Jamie, and April are thrilled about seeing *NSYNC," said Derek Bridges, president of the Dream Factory. "This will truly be an unforgettable night."

"These young people are examples to us all as they face their daily lives with optimism and joy," Golbach said. "We hope their time with *NSYNC provides them more energy and enthusiasm to continue their quest to lead full lives."

In addition to donating the tickets to the Dream Factor, Verizon Wireless is also giving 10 tickets to residents of Temporary Lodging for Children. The Olathe, KS-based emergency shelter provides shelters and social services to children and youth facing abuse, neglect or family disruption.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 28 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 and PrimeCo Personal Communications. The company has a footprint covering more than 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 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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