News Release

Verizon Wireless, Indiana Repertory Theatre Team Up To Combat Domestic Violence

Local Collection Drive Supports The Julian Center

February 12, 2003

Michelle Gilbert
michelle.gilbert@verizonwireless.com
248-915-3680

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Central Indiana residents can make a difference in the lives of domestic violence victims by donating old wireless phones on Friday, Feb. 21, in a one-day collection drive sponsored by Verizon Wireless and the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT). Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, will donate $1 for each phone collected that day to The Julian Center.

"This drive is a natural extension of our HopeLineSM program, which uses previously owned wireless phones to help domestic violence victims in threatening situations go about their day-to-day lives with less fear," said Wayne White, president of Verizon Wireless' Indiana Region.

Through its exclusive HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless puts its services and equipment to work to help prevent domestic violence. The company collects used phones to be refurbished or recycled and/or sold. With the funds raised from those sales, Verizon Wireless purchases wireless phones to donate with airtime to victims of domestic and makes monetary contributions to local domestic violence organizations, such as The Julian Center.

"The IRT is pleased to collect these phones as we share 'The Lion in Winter' with our Friday audience," said Meg Gammage-Tucker, the theater's director of advancement. "We have a long-standing relationship with Verizon Wireless, and this special collection will help women in our area who need to re-establish some normalcy in their lives."

During the past 12 months, The Julian Center's shelter provided housing for 1,109 women and children, while more than 400 women and children participated in therapy at the Counseling Center.

"Verizon Wireless is generously providing funding to our shelter and supporting the arts through the IRT," said Marilyn Bedford, community relations director of The Julian Center. "We are grateful for their efforts to collaborate with us in support of women and children who are victims of domestic violence."

Donated phones may be dropped off at the following locations on Friday, Feb. 21:

Indianapolis Repertory Theatre (Donations accepted from noon to 7:30 p.m.)

  • 140 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis-area Verizon Wireless stores (Donations accepted daily during store hours)
  • 6633 E. 82nd St. (Castleton)
  • 1950-17 E. Greyhound Pass, #B11 (Village Park)
  • 8403 N. Michigan Road
  • 8940 U.S. 31 South (Greenwood)
  • 8248A W. Rockville Road (Westpoint Commons)
  • 49 W. Maryland Street (Circle Centre Mall)

For more information about Verizon Wireless' domestic violence awareness efforts, or to find out how to donate phones at any time of the year, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About The Julian Center

The Julian Center is a unique, nonprofit agency in Indianapolis providing counseling, safe shelter, and education for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Through outreach and consultation, they educate the community about the issue of domestic violence and its impact on many people's lives. Find more information on the Web at www.JulianCenter.org.

About the Indiana Repertory Theatre

Since the Indiana Repertory Theatre was founded in 1972, it has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country, as well as one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state. The IRT remains the only fully professional resident not-for-profit theatre in Indiana, attracting audiences of almost 132,000 annually from across central Indiana, including more than 49,000 students from 59 of Indiana's 92 counties. A staff of more than 100 seasonal and year-round employees creates nine productions exclusively for Indiana audiences. Find more information on the Web at www.indianarep.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 32.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

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