Verizon Wireless And The Chicago Cubs Team Up To Provide A HopeLine For Victims Of Domestic Violence

CHICAGO, IL — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest provider of wireless communications, and the Chicago Cubs are teaming up to invite fans to help victims of domestic violence in our community.

On Sunday June 22, 2003, used wireless phones and accessories will be collected for the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM program at the Verizon Wireless kiosk/booth inside Wrigley Field from 11:20 a.m. (gates open) through game time.

Through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, used wireless handsets, batteries and accessories from any carrier are refurbished, recycled, and/or sold. Proceeds are donated to non-profit domestic violence advocacy organizations and used to purchase handsets for domestic violence victims, including those within Chicagoland.

"Together with the Cubs, we've created a winning situation," said Tracy Nolan, president of Verizon Wireless' Illinois/Wisconsin Region. "It's important that domestic violence prevention and advocacy agencies and the victims they serve have access to the HopeLine program. The phones we collect during this Cubs event will improve that access."

The HopeLine drive is just one part of a broad, season-long program that Verizon Wireless and the Cubs organization have put into play.

The program also includes:

  • Public Service Announcement (PSA) — Verizon Wireless sponsored a 30-second PSA featuring Cubs Manager Dusty Baker and his wife Melissa to build awareness for and reduce instances of domestic violence throughout Illinois. The PSA is being shown on the closed-circuit television system in Wrigley Field during each home game this season and has been distributed to all broadcast outlets throughout the area for on-air use.
  • Safe at Second, Safe at Home — Verizon Wireless is donating $25 for every double a Cubs player hits during the 2003 regular baseball season to Cubs Care, which supports domestic violence shelters in the Chicago area. Last year, this effort raised approximately $7,000.
  • Ticket Bank — The Cubs community relations department is operating a Ticket Bank that provides Cubs home-game tickets to the clients and staff of 15 domestic violence shelters in Chicago. This season, the shelters will include Family Rescue, A Friends Place, Sarah's Inn, A Safe Place, among others.

"We are thrilled about the program Verizon Wireless and the Chicago Cubs have put into place to help combat domestic violence," commented Leslie Landis, Domestic Violence Project Director for the City of Chicago Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence. "It will help encourage victims of domestic violence, their families, friends and co-workers to talk about the issue and bring about positive change in their lives."

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