News Release

Shelby County, Tennessee, District Attorney And Verizon Wireless Further Domestic Violence Education Effort

Check Presentation on August 1st to be held at Verizon Wireless' New Collierville Store

July 23, 2006

Carly Culbertson
Verizon Wireless Carolinas/Tennessee Region  

Tara Healy/JDPR
864-233-3776, ext. 14

COLLIERVILLE, TN — Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, will donate $5,000 to a new domestic violence community program recently introduced by Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons. District Attorney Gibbons will officially accept the check along side the Collierville Chamber of Commerce and city officials on Tuesday, August 1 at 11:00 AM in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of Verizon Wireless' new Collierville store, located at 1055 West Poplar Avenue.

The $5,000 donation will help fund the new initiative recently launched by the D.A.'s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit that will put salon owners and managers through a training program to learn how to spot signs of domestic abuse and encourage victims to get help from local support services.

"Domestic abuse is a serious issue in Shelby County, and our goal is to educate the community about domestic violence prevention and the resources available for victims in our area," comments D.A. Gibbons. "Verizon Wireless' commitment to domestic violence prevention provides our office with the tools and support we need to make our effort successful."

Verizon Wireless' commitment to fighting domestic violence began in 1995 when the company introduced its HopeLine® program as a way to make a difference in the areas of domestic violence awareness, prevention and victim recovery.

The Collierville store and all of Verizon Wireless' 2,000 company-owned stores collect used cell phones (any make, model or carrier) to recycle the phones and give the proceeds to domestic violence programs across the country.

Store hours for the Collierville store are Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sunday, 1:00-6:00 PM. The Collierville store phone number is 901-854-1067 and Ruby Mays is the store manager. Customers can also visit these additional Verizon Wireless retail outlets in the Greater Memphis area:

8350 Highway 64, Suite 101
Memphis, TN 38133

7945 Winchester Rd., Suite 101
Memphis, TN 38125

5323 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119

1529 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

6491 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
901-362-7393 (opt. 2)

8045 Giacosa Place
Memphis, TN 38133
901-386-2037 (opt. 2)

About Verizon Wireless
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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