News Release

Panther Fans: Bring Your Old or Unused Cell Phones to November 13th Football Game and Help Tackle Domestic Violence in North Carolina

October 26, 2006

Carly Culbertson
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com  
864-987-2006

Marie Brodie
North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
mbrodie@nccadv.org
919-956-9124

CHARLOTTE, NC — Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, has joined together with the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) and the North Carolina Attorney General's office to collect old or unused cell phones at the November 13th Panthers vs. Buccaneers football game to support domestic violence initiatives across the state.

Fans attending the November 13th game can support the fight against domestic violence by bringing their old or unused cell phones, from any wireless provider, to the Panther's Lair located on the corner of Mint and Moorhead Street. The proceeds generated will benefit the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

"We encourage fans to participate in this phone drive because it will directly impact the statewide coalition's effort to serve battered women and their children," said Carly Culbertson, Public Relations Manager for Verizon Wireless' Carolinas/Tennessee Region. "North Carolina citizens should be proud of the Attorney General's dedication to end domestic violence and commitment to legislation and policies aimed at preventing domestic violence and protecting its victims."

Verizon Wireless' dedication to preventing domestic violence began in 1995 when the company introduced its HopeLine® program. Over the past 10 years, HopeLine has grown significantly and is now a multi-faceted program that includes a national phone recycling and re-use effort, financial support for local and national domestic violence prevention organizations, community and corporate awareness programs, and partnerships with law enforcement agencies, professional sports teams, educational institutions and corporations nationwide.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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 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
Marking its 11th year in 2006, the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program today collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, which are recycled in an environmentally safe way or refurbished and sold. Proceeds from HopeLine benefit domestic violence agencies, often providing victims with essential communication tools — wireless phones and wireless services, including voicemail and pre-paid wireless minutes. Donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) is a community of agencies and individuals who serve battered women and their children. The Coalition is committed to building a society in which our shared beliefs and institutions discourage violence against women. NCCADV was founded in 1981 with 21 participating programs and now includes over 90 member programs. Areas of support to member programs include technical assistance, training, public policy initiatives, and public awareness activities. www.nccadv.org  

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