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Chicago Metropolitan Chapter Of Noble Receives HopeLine Law Enforcement Partnership Award

In Recognition of Organization's Collection of More Than 1,000 Wireless Phones, Verizon Wireless Will Donate $10,000 to the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network

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July 18, 2011

Cameka Crawford
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Carolyn A. Schamberger, APR
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BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and CHICAGO, IL — Honoring the efforts of public safety officials that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and focus towards preventing domestic violence and raising awareness in their communities, Verizon Wireless, a corporate leader in domestic violence prevention, presented the Chicago Metropolitan chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) with a HopeLine® Champion Award for Law Enforcement Partnership today at NOBLE’s awards luncheon in Lexington, Ky.

In addition to the award and in honor of the work of the Chicago Metropolitan chapter, Verizon Wireless, through HopeLine from Verizon, will present a donation of $10,000 to the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network.  This donation will help the Network’s mission to provide programs and resources for victims of domestic violence.

“We are proud to honor the efforts of public safety officials who work hard to put a stop to domestic violence in their communities,” said Gabe Esposito, director of corporate security and business continuity at Verizon Wireless.  “Verizon Wireless is committed to raising awareness on such an important issue, and we congratulate the Chicago chapter of NOBLE for its commitment to protecting the community.”

The Chicago Metropolitan chapter of NOBLE collected more than 1,000 wireless phones during the organization’s fourth annual phone drive.  Collectively, NOBLE chapters across the country donated more than 3,400 no-longer-used cell phones.  All phones have been donated to HopeLine from Verizon and will be provided to participating domestic violence agencies and organizations nationwide for use by victims and survivors as they rebuild their lives.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and groups like NOBLE, since its launch in 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones; awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to prevention and awareness programs nationwide; and donated more than 106,000 HopeLine phones with 319 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations.

Verizon is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue.  HopeLine puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in the community by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider and turning them into support for domestic violence victims.        

For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  A complete list of past recipients of the HopeLine Law Enforcement Partnership Award is also available online at http://aboutus.vzw.com/communityservice/lawenforcement.html.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 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.   

About NOBLE
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action.  NOBLE represents over 3,000 members nationwide, primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners.

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