Verizon Wireless and the Portland Trail Blazers Team Up to Provide a HopeLine for Victims of Domestic Violence

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 fourth consecutive year to help curb domestic violence in our community.

Fans attending the Portland Trail Blazers game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. Fans can visit to take advantage of a special offer on tickets to the Trail Blazers vs. Cavaliers game in support of the HopeLine drive. Fans who bring in any used wireless phone will receive a voucher for a free pair of tickets to a future Trail Blazers game. HopeLine drop boxes will be located at all entrances of the Rose Garden Arena beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are recycled or refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and 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 700 used wireless phones and accessories to the program. In 2006 Verizon Wireless awarded more than $40,000 in HopeLine grants and wireless phones with airtime to Oregon's domestic violence programs.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at  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

About HopeLine®Verizon 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

About The Trail Blazers Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1970, the Portland Trail Blazers won its only World Championship in 1977 under the leadership of basketball great Dr. Jack Ramsay. The team has a rich history of community involvement supporting issues focused primarily on children and education. The teams' partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland has resulted in contributions over $1 million over the past 10 years, including the 1995 opening of the Blazers Boys & Girls. The facility was the first in the nation sponsored by a professional sports team. In 2004, the Albina Head Start McCormack-Matthews Center opened in north Portland, providing education and health services to preschoolers and their families. The project is a Trail Blazers family effort with nearly $1 million in contributions coming from Trail Blazers owner, Paul Allen, the Trail Blazers organization, and former teammate and Portland native Damon Stoudamire. With a corporate culture that promotes volunteerism, the Blazers Community Builders employee volunteer program was a key centerpiece in the Trail Blazers receiving the prestigious National Points of Light Award for Excellence in Corporate Community Service. The Trail Blazers were the first and continue to be the only professional sports team to achieve this honor.