Verizon Music Festival in Tampa Bay Area To Benefit Victims and Heroes of Terrorist Attacks

Tampa, Fla. -- Verizon and the Verizon Music Festival will donate all proceeds of the ticket sales from the Oct. 25 concert at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg to theAmerican Red Cross and the United Way of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The donations are in recognition of and tribute to the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Tickets for the show will be on a pay-what-you-can basis and are available only at The Coliseum box office.

To date, Verizon and its employees have donated more than $16 million nationally to the rescue and relief effort.

"Now is the time for all Americans to pull together," said John Blanchard, Verizon Southeast Region president. "And this is a wonderful opportunity for Tampa Bay area residents to show their support for the victims of this terrible tragedy. Verizon is proud to be able to use this entertainment event to help victims, their families and communities affected by the events of Sept. 11."

The show, titled "Jazz The Way You Like It: An Evening Of Swing & Dance," will feature the George Wein All-Stars with Ken Peplowski, Warren Vaché, Lew Tabackin & Howard Alden, plus Johnny Varro Swing 7. Performances begin at 7 p.m.

"The tragedies of Sept. 11 affected the whole nation and we are proud to be able to help in any way we can with the relief effort," said Festival Productions CEO George Wein. "The Verizon Music Festival we produced in Los Angeles yielded a significant donation to the United Way, and we hope to continue the good work in the Tampa Bay area."

The Verizon Music Festival in the Tampa Bay area will run Oct. 24-27.

Tickets for paid shows can be obtained at venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout the region, or by calling Ticketmaster on 813-287-8844 or 727-898-2100. More information about the Tampa Bay concerts, including the free-kick-off concert, also can be obtained by calling 813-545-8631. For additional festival information, go to www.festivalproductions.net or www.verizon.com/musicfestival.

For more than 45 years, George Wein and Festival Productions Inc., have been the preeminent producers of music festivals and entertainment properties in the world, including the famed Newport Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the JVC Jazz Festivals Worldwide, among others. Throughout the years, FPI has built a storied reputation as the foremost experts in festival productions and Wein has personally worked with venerable jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 125 million access line equivalents and more than 28 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. A Fortune 10 company with about 260,000 employees and more than $65 billion in annual revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.