BEDMINSTER, NJ and DALLAS, TX — On Domestic Violence Awareness Month, GRAMMY® award-winning band, Los Lonely Boys, has joined forces with Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) to raise money for and awareness of domestic violence prevention in the Latino community. On October 7, the band will perform a special charity concert at The Vault350 in Long Beach, Calif., with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting two Los Angeles-area charities Interval House, an award winning domestic violence program that provides crisis shelter programs, outreach prevention programs, and comprehensive support services for victims of domestic violence in 40 languages with a specialization in serving Latino victims, and the Lincoln-Juarez Opportunity Center (LJOC), which helps the Latino community by connecting clients with low- or no-cost education, employment, health care and immigration service providers.
"Domestic Violence Awareness Month is the perfect time to take more action to support organizations like Interval House that work to provide vital assistance to victims and families from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds that are affected by this terrible social problem," said Oscar Madrid, director of multicultural marketing of Verizon Wireless. "We are extremely grateful to Los Lonely Boys and to Samsung for joining forces with us to make this charity concert a reality and allowing us to continue our campaign against domestic violence as reflected by our national program HopeLine."
"Samsung is proud to partner with Los Lonely Boys and our customer, Verizon Wireless," said Randy Smith, vice president of Samsung's wireless terminals division. "This sponsorship reflects our company's history of supporting community programs and initiatives, as well as our commitment and connection to the Hispanic community."
Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader in the area of domestic violence prevention. The company works to prevent domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue through the company's HopeLine® program. HopeLine, currently in its 10th year, collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools of wireless phones and wireless services and financial grants. Since the beginning of 2005, HopeLine has collected more than 520,000 wireless phones and has donated nearly $400,000 in grants to domestic violence prevention agencies.
"We are honored to work with Verizon Wireless and Samsung to raise money for two great organizations," said Los Lonely Boys' guitarist Henry Garza. "The funds should help the Interval House and the Lincoln-Juarez Opportunity Center continue their work to help Hispanics and people from all backgrounds in need."
With their unique blend of Tex-Mex, rock and roll and soulful harmonies, Los Lonely Boys have won great acclaim winning numerous awards, including a GRAMMY for Best Pop Performance by a Vocal Duo or Group earlier this year. The trio's eclectic sound, as Henry Garza describes it, is a cross between Stevie Ray meets Santana, Jimi Hendrix meets Richie Valens, or the Beatles meet Ronnie Milsap. The band has shared the stage with music icons, rocking out with legends such as Carlos Santana, and the band is scheduled to open for the Rolling Stones this fall.
For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services or the HopeLine program, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.
About Interval House
Interval House is the first domestic violence program in the nation offering comprehensive and specialized services for Latino victims of domestic violence. Winner of the U.S. Department of Justice Award for pioneering leadership in the Latino community and Presidential Awards from Clinton and Bush, Interval House's extraordinary program is unique in the nation with over 95% of Interval House advocates being bi-lingual, ethnically diverse, and personally affected by domestic violence. Services include 24-hour crisis hotlines, emergency and transitional shelter, individual and group counseling, community education and prevention, youth programs, elder abuse, medical and legal assistance, and other support services.
About Lincoln-Juarez Opportunity Center
The Lincoln-Juarez Opportunity Center's mission is to provide clients with the keys to the American dream by helping clients navigate the education, employment, health care and immigration systems. "By helping members of the community to solve problems, access services and improve their earning potential, we are empowering this critical segment of our immigrant population to succeed and prosper as American citizens," said John Cruz, Chairman. For more information please visit the organization's web site: www.lincolnjuarez.org.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P., a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, markets and develops wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, see STA's website at www.samsung.com/wireless.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,000 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 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.
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 Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.