GTE awards $549,500 to 25 Dallas/Ft. Worth area charitable organizations.

Editor's Note: GTE's "Celebration of Giving" event will take place today from 3 to 5 p.m. in the east auditorium of GTE's Hidden Ridge campus in Irving, 600 Hidden Ridge.

IRVING, Texas - GTE today will distribute $549,500 to 25 area organizations during its annual "Celebration of Giving" event. Assisting GTE Network Services president John Appel, and GTE Communications Corporation president Butch Bercher in presenting the awards will be Wally Amos, author, motivational speaker and founder of Famous Amos Cookies.

"GTE recognizes and appreciates the essential and valuable role of non-profit organizations in the Metroplex," said Appel, "And we are committed as a corporation to supporting them in their efforts.

"We're also grateful that Wally Amos could join us today. His commitment to helping others is truly inspiring, and encourages us at GTE to continue to strive toward personal excellence in all we do," added Appel.

Said Bercher: "From disaster recovery, the arts and literacy efforts, there is hardly an adult or child in our communities who will not be impacted by the work these organizations do throughout the year. Through our "Celebration of Giving" we are making a meaningful contribution in the communities we serve."

The 25 organizations recognized today by GTE include:

Dallas County Adult Literacy

Literacy Instruction for Texas

Texas Woman's University

United Way of Dallas

American Red Cross

United Way of Tarrant County

Dallas Women's Foundation

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

TRAIL Foundation

North Texas Public Broadcasting

Boy Scouts of America

Dallas Urban League

Volunteer Center of Dallas

Trinity Works

Dallas Theater Center

Genesis Women's Shelter

Greater Dallas Crime Commission

Dallas Business Committee for the Arts

Dallas Symphony

Zale Lipshy University Hospital

Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas Opera

Grapevine/Colleyville ISD

Texas Independent College Fund

Cultural Affairs of Irving

In 1999, GTE will award more than $2.6 million to Dallas/Ft. Worth charities. Nationwide, the GTE Foundation will provide more than $30 million in financial support to educational and charitable organizations on behalf of GTE and its subsidiaries.

About GTE

With 1998 revenues of more than $25 billion, GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services. In the United States, GTE provides local service in 28 states and wireless service in 17 states; nationwide long-distance and internetworking services ranging from dial-up Internet access for residential and small business customers to Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies, as well as video service in selected markets. More information about GTE is available on the World Wide Web at www.gte.com.

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