News Release

Verizon Wireless And The El Paso Diablos Team Up To Provide A HopeLine For Victims Of Domestic Violence In Texas

Used Wireless Phone Collection Drive To Be Held July 26 at Cohen Stadium

July 21, 2005

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321

EL PASO, TX — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and the El Paso Diablos Central Independence League baseball are teaming up to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Diablos game on Tuesday, July 26, are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located just outside the main entrance of Cohen Stadium from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Diablos will give a discount voucher good for $2.00 off of box seat admission to every fan who drops off a phone or accessory at Cohen Stadium before the game on July 26.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are recycled, or refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with prepaid airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid victims of domestic violence.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to again partner with the Diablos to make a difference off the field," said Tami Erwin, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "By aiding domestic violence prevention and advocacy agencies, HopeLine donations help the entire community."

Through its HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless makes financial grants to local, regional and national domestic violence organizations. Last year, the company awarded a $10,000 in HopeLine grant to the El Paso Center Against Family Violence. Over the past three years, the company has also donated 160 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to the El Paso Center Against Family Violence.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data 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. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About HopeLine
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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