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The Urban League Of Greater Cleveland And Verizon Wireless Honor Everyday Heroes During Black History Month In Ohio

Call for Nominations Now Open; Reception Will Honor Local Heroes

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February 15, 2011

Erica Sevilla
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Laura Kaster
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CLEVELAND, OH — The Urban League of Greater Cleveland and Verizon Wireless this week announced a call for nominations for “Everyday Heroes,” a Black History Month program aimed at recognizing modern day champions who make a difference in the community and touch the lives of others. Everyday Heroes are the teachers, mentors, volunteers, clergy or family members who give their time and resources in creative ways to affect change – either in the life of an individual, family, school or community.

“The Urban League of Greater Cleveland is pleased to partner with Verizon Wireless in the Everyday Heroes program, especially during our Black History Month celebration,” said Marsha Mockabee, president of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. “As we honor the heroes upon whose shoulders we stand, we also turn our attention to the ‘unsung heroes’ making a difference every day through selfless acts in their communities. Recognizing such individuals is just another way of continuing the legacy of empowerment at the Urban League.”

“Everyday Heroes is a great opportunity to express your gratitude to someone who has empowered you or inspired you through their community service,” said Mark Frazier, president – Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. “We recognize the power of one person to create change and improve their surrounding environment. Everyday Heroes is an extension of our commitment to the Cleveland area, and we’re proud to partner with the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, an organization that is heroic in its own right, on such a worthy program.”

To learn more, visit www.VerizonEverydayHeroes.com for full contest rules and to submit a nomination. Or visit the Urban League of Greater Cleveland at 2930 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland to pick up a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 24. Twenty-five semi-finalists, plus the person who nominated them, will be invited to a Heroes’ Reception in March. Three finalists will be awarded a Motorola XOOM™ tablet and up to $500.

Everyday Heroes is another way in which Verizon Wireless is joining with African Americans to “Celebrate Your Story” during Black History Month and beyond. Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing throughout the year, the company is honoring African Americans who have made an impact on their communities and inspire those around them – from past ancestors, to current leaders and modern-day heroes in our everyday lives – and celebrating their legacy. To learn more about their stories, and the 28 ancestors who were inducted in Verizon Wireless’ “Celebrating Your Story” hero hall of fame, visit Facebook®, Twitter™ and YouTube, at:

About the Urban League of Greater Cleveland
Since its founding in 1917, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland has been enabling African Americans and other minority group members to develop and exercise their full potential on par with other Americans through education, research, advocacy and the provision of services. For more information visit www.ulcleveland.org.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, Nasdaq: VOD). For more information, visit 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.

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