Governor Honors Company for Its Outstanding Support
September 24, 1998
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PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge tonight will honor Bell Atlantic with the 1998 Corporate/Foundation Patron Award at the 18th annual dinner of the Governor's Awards for the Arts.
The award recognizes Bell Atlantic's strong philanthropic presence in Pennsylvania. Through the Bell Atlantic Foundation, the company contributes more than $500,000 annually to support innovative programs in music, drama, dance and the visual arts throughout its Pennsylvania service area
"The commitment to the arts demonstrated by Bell Atlantic exemplifies the important contributions to the arts and culture made by Pennsylvania's business community," said Ridge.
"Bell Atlantic's long-standing support of the arts is helping to enrich Pennsylvanians' lives, as well as the communities in which we live and work," said Daniel J. Whelan, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic - Pennsylvania. "Bell Atlantic and its 19,000 Pennsylvania employees are proud and delighted to be honored with this year's Corporate/Foundation Patron Award."
Through its philanthropic program, Bell Atlantic awards grants, shares information and develops projects and partnerships designed to improve the quality of life in the state. As part of this program, the company underwrites a number of arts and education programs for youth. Bell Atlantic also is working with arts and humanities organizations to help them use telecommunications technology for such innovative projects as digital archiving of artwork and distance learning.
Bell Atlantic's contributions and employee involvement benefit a diverse group of arts and cultural institutions, events and programs throughout Pennsylvania, including Allentown, Bloomsburg, DuBois, Harrisburg, Indiana, McKeesport, Media, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton and State College. (NOTE TO EDITORS: A summary of Bell Atlantic's support of the arts in Pennsylvania is attached.)
The Governor's Awards for the Arts are administered by the Council on the Arts, a state agency. Created in 1966, the council's mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the commonwealth.
The Bell Atlantic Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically and internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic development in the communities served by Bell Atlantic. For more information, visit www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on the Internet.
Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 41 million telephone access lines and more than seven million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.
Following are some of the Pennsylvania cultural and arts organizations funded by the Bell Atlantic Foundation: Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's Creative Vision program People's Light & Theatre Company's Project Discovery in Malvern Freedom Theater's Performing Arts Training Program in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Humanities Council Pittsburgh Dance Council Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia Columbia Theater for the Arts American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelph Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College State Theatre for the Arts in Uniontown Greenville Symphony Society Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia Mount Airy Art Jam Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Scranton Cultural Center Allentown Art Museum Allied Arts Fund in Harrisburg Indiana Symphony Series Fayette Civic Forum DuBois Area Community Concert Association Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Children's Museum Lyric Mountain Festival for the Performing Arts in Farmington