Verizon Wireless Signs On As A Sponsor For Summerfest 2000

Verizon Wireless Signs On As A Sponsor For Summerfest 2000

June 16, 2000


Carolyn A. Schamberger, Verizon Wireless,

MILWAUKEE - Verizon Wireless, the country's largest wireless telecommunications provider, has signed on to be an official sponsor of the world's largest musical festival-Summerfest 2000, scheduled for June 29-July 9 at Henry Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee's lakefront.

Verizon Wireless is sponsoring the Hole-in-One competition at this year's Summerfest, officially known as "Verizon Wireless Presents the Northwest Airlines Hole-in-One." Located at the south end of the Henry Maier Festival grounds, near the Amusement Ride Park, the Hole-in-One is a popular feature at Summerfest. Here, folks can try their luck at the most challenging waterhole around, a floating green 125 yards off shore, for the chance to win fabulous prizes, including a grand prize, a 2000 Hyundai Tiburon.

Verizon Wireless will also feature all the latest in wireless communications products and services at its Summerfest van which will be located on the west side of the Marcus Amphitheater food vendor building. Fest-goers can stop by the van to sample and purchase phones, upgrade their phones, pick up a new battery or other accessories, or just register for some great giveaways.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 16 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. Verizon Wireless will be further strengthened by the addition of the wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE) when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic. When the merger is complete, the new company will have a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.

Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.