Lexington-Area Verizon Superpages To Spotlight Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation For Second Year

LEXINGTON, KY - For the second year in a row, Verizon SuperPages™ is spotlighting the Lexington-based Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation on the cover of the Verizon Information Services SuperPages directory. This year's SuperPages is currently being delivered to more than 289,000 homes and businesses in the greater Lexington area.

"The thousands of SuperPages directories we're delivering to the citizens of Lexington both demonstrate our commitment to the community and provide our customers with the information they need to make good decisions every day," said Ed Raad, regional sales vice president for the southeast territory of Verizon Information Services. "We are proud to have been among the earliest supporters of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and are pleased to continue that support."

The Verizon SuperPages cover features horses grazing at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation farm at the Blackburn Correctional Facility, which is currently caring for and rehabilitating more than 70 former racehorses.

"Being featured on the Verizon SuperPages cover last year greatly raised awareness of the work we do and brought us many new supporters" said John Stuart, president of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. "We look forward to gaining even more friends and advocates as a result of this year's cover, and we are extremely grateful to Verizon for sharing our dedication to the humane treatment of horses."

Along with its distinctive cover, this year's Verizon SuperPages features an array of helpful special features, including the Inside Look Community Magazine, which showcases area attractions, entertainment, recreation and community services, and the Dining Your Way! restaurant guide, which makes it easy to select local dining establishments. Dining Your Way! features sample menus from more than 80 Lexington-area restaurants and a unique "feature finder" that lists cuisine, location, price, hours and accepted credit cards for each establishment.

The new Lexington SuperPages directory is being distributed to communities throughout Fayette County. Local residents who do not receive their phonebook by March 4, 2002,may call (888) 266-5765 to have one delivered. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will also be featured on the covers of the Versailles directory that covers all of Woodford County and the Nicholasville directory that covers Jessamine County.

In addition to finding local listings in those directories, area residents can log on to Verizon SuperPages.com (www.SuperPages.com), the Internet's leading online directory and shopping resource for millions of local and national business listings. In support of both SuperPages.com and the printed directory, the Lexington directories include the Verizon Internet Guide, a road map to the information superhighway -- complete with Internet searching tips, unique Web sites and Internet-related businesses.

Thoroghbred Retirement Foundation (TRF)

Founded in 1982, the nonprofit Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is a pioneer in horse rescue programs and remains the largest organization of its kind in the nation. It provides lifetime retirement for Thoroughbreds at satellite and TRF-operated farms in states that include Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and through private adoptions.

Principal retirement programs are located at the Blackburn Correctional Facility in Lexington, Ky., Wallkill Correctional Facility, in Wallkill, N.Y, the Marion County Correctional Center, in Ocala, Fla., and the Charles Hickey School in Baltimore, Md., where the horses' caretakers are prison inmates and juvenile offenders who derive both emotional and educational benefits from innovative and state-accredited TRF vocational programs in horse care.

The work of the TRF is wholly dependent on public support. For more information or to make a donation, please contact the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, PMB 351, 450 Shrewsbury Plaza, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702-4332; telephone, (732) 957-0182, or on the Internet at www.trfinc.org.

Verizon Information Services and SuperPages.com

Verizon Information Services is the world's leading print and online directory publisher and a content provider for communications products and services. Verizon operates in 16 countries and has annual revenues of more than $4.3 billion. The company publishes nearly 1,200 U.S. Verizon SuperPages directories and 400 international directories with a total circulation of approximately 150 million copies worldwide.

Verizon Information Services also produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's #1 online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives as many as 12 million visits and 9 million unique visitors a month. SuperPages.com also powers directory services on MSN, InfoSpace, AltaVista, Excite, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, BigFoot, Tripod and Angelfire.

Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), one of the world's leading providers of communications services.

Through its signature Verizon Reads program and the Verizon Literacy Network, Verizon is committed to leading the fight to increase U.S. literacy levels by creating community and corporate awareness, raising funds, encouraging collaboration among literacy providers and engaging employees in supporting literacy programs. Verizon Information Services supports community outreach programs across the nation designed to increase the literacy rate of children and adults, and to help people of all ages become computer literate.

For more information on Verizon Information Services, visit Verizon.SuperPages.com. For more information on Verizon's literacy programs, visit SuperPages.com and click on the Verizon Reads icon.



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