1998 Bell Atlantic Mobile-SIDS Golf Invitational Nets Record Proceeds for U. of Md. Medical School Program

December 1, 1998-BALTIMORE, MD-

A record number of sponsors and golfers
produced record donations in Maryland this year for Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (SIDS) medical research and grief counseling programs.

The 8th Annual Bell Atlantic Mobile -SIDS Golf Invitational, held at Turf
Valley Resort and Conference Center in October, netted $90,000. One-hundred
percent of the proceeds go directly to the Maryland SIDS Information and
Counseling Program, part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine's
Department of Pediatrics. Since its inception, the Bell Atlantic Mobile-SIDS
Golf Invitationals have raised nearly $400,000.

The money goes toward:

  • clinical research into the causes of SIDS, which mysteriously claimed
    4000 babies in the US last year,

  • grief counseling for families faced with this unexpected tragedy.

    "We're delighted to help generate such substantial funding for the SIDS
    Institute, but we won't be satisfied until there's an end to this tragedy,"
    said Gary Schulman, president of Bell Atlantic Mobile in the Washington/Baltimore

    "Because of this assistance, we can assure that Maryland families receive
    the support they need and fund research so we can understand why this
    tragedy strikes these babies without warning," said Dr. Jodi Shaefer,
    director of the Maryland SIDS Information and Counseling Program. "We
    thank Bell Atlantic Mobile and the community for their support and commitment.
    Together we can overcome this tragedy."

    Those interested in getting more information about SIDS or next year's
    golf tournament should call 1-800-808-SIDS. The 1999 Bell Atlantic Mobile-SIDS
    Invitational will be held Friday, October 1 at Turf Valley Resort and
    Conference Center in Ellicott City, Md.

    Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in
    the East, covering 112,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail
    outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based
    in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.7 million customers and
    7,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary,
    in the Southwest. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent is one of the world's
    largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in
    25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific
    Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.