News Release

Oxford, Pennsylvania Athletic Club Teams Up With Verizon Wireless To Collect No-Longer-Used Wireless Phones To Benefit Survivors Of Domestic Violence

January 10, 2006

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605Patricia Quolke
pquolke@adelphia.net  
412-563-0367

WEXFORD, PA — Oxford Athletic Club (OAC) in Wexford is teaming up with Verizon Wireless for a special wireless equipment collection to help consumers and businesses responsibly recycle no-longer-used wireless equipment and, at the same time, provide support for survivors of domestic violence. During February, donations of no-longer-used wireless equipment made at the club will go to the award-winning Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program, which supports domestic violence awareness and prevention programs nationwide.

Throughout February, OAC will provide Verizon Wireless HopeLine collection boxes at its facility at 100 Village Club Dr. Members, as well as area residents, can drop off any no-longer-used wireless equipment from any vendor in the boxes at the front desk.

"During 2005, we collected more than 200 wireless handsets for this great cause," said Beth Yankel, business and community outreach director for OAC. "This is an ideal way for all the gadget lovers who got new wireless equipment during the holidays to put their old equipment to good use."

Marking its 11th year, the HopeLine program puts wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue. Through HopeLine, the company collects no-longer-used wireless handsets and equipment from any vendor. Most of the donated handsets and equipment are refurbished and sold, with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs. Any remaining phones are recycled in an environmentally safe way.

"Donating an old phone to HopeLine can make a big difference in helping domestic violence victims, while responsibly recycling phones you no longer use," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "We're pleased to team with Oxford Athletic Club to expand the collection efforts to their members and area residents."

Last year in Pennsylvania, Verizon Wireless donated more than $55,000 and hundreds of handsets with free airtime to domestic violence organizations across the state.

Wireless handsets and accessories also can be donated at any Verizon Wireless Communications Stores. For more information about HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., 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 receive 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 Oxford Athletic Club
OAC North, located at 100 Village Club Drive in Wexford, offers tennis instruction for tiny tots through adults, league play and tournaments. OAC has indoor and outdoor pools, volleyball and tennis courts, fitness center, spinning, yoga, Pilates, squash, racquetball, gymnasium, children's summer camp, youth activity zone, kidzone, and full day spa. Dean of Shadyside Salon and North Park Lounge restaurant are open to the public. For more club information, visit www.oxfordathleticclub.com or call 724-933-1911.

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