PORTLAND, OR — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and the Portland Trail Blazers are teaming up for the second consecutive year to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Portland Trail Blazers game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, January 24, 2005, are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM program. Fans who make a donation will be awarded a free pair of Trail Blazers tickets to a future game at the Rose Garden Arena. HopeLine drop boxes will be located at the North and South entrances on the main concourse of the Rose Garden Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are refurbished, recycled and/or sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with prepaid airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence. Last year, Portland Trail Blazers fans donated more than 750 used wireless phones and accessories to the program.
"The Portland Trail Blazers are pleased to partner once again with Verizon Wireless and to be a part of the game night activities," said Declan Bolger, Chief Marketing Officer for the Trail Blazers. "We challenge all Trail Blazers fans to scour their closets and donate even more phones this year to help us provide a HopeLine to more victims of domestic violence."
As part of its HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless also makes financial grants to local, regional and national domestic violence organizations. In 2004 the company awarded more than $20,000 in HopeLine grants to the Raphael House, Volunteers of America, The Commission on Children and Family Safety Network, and Lane County Legal Aid Service in Eugene, as well as more than $30,000 in prepaid wireless phones to domestic service agencies in Oregon.
Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.
About the Portland Trail BlazersWinners of the 1977 NBA Championship, the Portland Trail Blazers are one of the most innovative, diverse and successful franchises in all of professional sports. Owned by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen of Seattle since 1988, the Trail Blazers have been in the playoffs 15 times during his tenure. To learn more about the Trail Blazers, visit their website at www.blazers.com.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 42.1 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About HopeLineVerizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.####