News Release

Verizon Wireless And The Seattle Mariners Team Up To Provide A HopeLine For Victims of Domestic Violence

Wireless phone collection drive to be held August 24 at Safeco Field

August 14, 2006

Georgia Taylor
425-603-2894Rebecca Hale
Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WA — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and the Seattle Mariners are teaming up for the third consecutive year to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Mariners vs. New York Yankees game on Thursday, August 24 (7:05 p.m.) are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located outside the entrances of Safeco Field from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phones and accessories can also be dropped off at Guest Services at Sections 128 and 329 and the Bullpen Market during the game, or year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications store.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are recycled, or refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with prepaid airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid victims of domestic violence.

Last year, Seattle Mariner fans donated more than 1,000 used wireless phones and accessories to the program. "The Mariners have focused on domestic violence issues for over 10-years and we are pleased to be able to continue and reinforce this tradition with Verizon Wireless," said Joe Chard, Seattle Mariners Vice President of Corporate Business and Community Relations.

"Verizon Wireless is proud to once again partner with the Mariners to help curb domestic violence," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We challenge Mariners fans to scour their drawers and closets and donate their old wireless phones and accessories to help us provide a HopeLine to victims of domestic violence."

Verizon Wireless has donated more than $78,000 in HopeLine grants to domestic violence agencies in Washington during the past two years as well as more than 400 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies throughout the state.

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 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

About HopeLine
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit