News Release

Verizon Wireless Donates $1000 To "Pillars Walk" Benefiting Domestic Violence Program in Lagrange, IL

October 1, 2001

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282

David Clevenger
david.clevenger@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4291

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless communications provider, announced today it has donated $1000 to Pillars Community Services' second annual "Pillars Walk." The LaGrange, Ill.-based organization is hosting the event on Sunday, October 7. The three-kilometer walk will benefit the Constance Morris House, a Pillars-operated shelter that provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence in over 30 communities in western Cook County, eastern DuPage County and the Midway Airport neighborhoods of the City of Chicago.

"Verizon Wireless has a long history of supporting domestic violence programs and initiatives on the local, regional and national levels," said Jack Leff, Director of Marketing of Verizon Wireless' Illinois/Wisconsin Region. "Through the Constance Morris House, Pillars Community Services provides much needed support to domestic violence victims and important prevention and education tools to others touched by this issue. With October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we're pleased to be involved in sponsoring this enjoyable and very worthwhile walk."

Verizon Wireless provides emergency phones for domestic violence shelters and organizations throughout the region. Through another corporate initiative, Verizon Wireless provides the local business community with posters and related materials to build awareness in the workplace of ways to detect and prevent domestic violence.

Entry fee to participate in the Pillars Walk is $15 for individuals, $25 for families and $35 for businesses. On-site registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. the day of the walk, Sunday, October 7, at the LaRange Village Hall, 53 N. LaGrange Road. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be proceeded by music and refreshments at the Village Hall in a celebration of the community's commitment against family violence.

For more information on the Pillars Walk, please call (708) 352-3227. In addition to the Constance Morris House, Pillars operates an early childhood center and Head Start program, a prevention task force, and extensive programs to address the issues of mental health, addiction and sexual assault.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, 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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