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April 18, 1996
BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX MOBILE ANSWERS THE
CALL FOR SUPPORT FROM HOPE FOR KIDS
Wireless Service Provider Donates $11,000 in Phones and
Services To Organization's Annual Immunization Outreach
Program and Fund-raiser
BEDMINSTER, N.J -- As part of its "Wireless at
service program, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has announced support for
two events to be held this week by Hope For Kids, an organization that
aims to increase immunization among inner-city children. Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile will donate more than $11,000 in cellular telephones and
service to the "HOPE for a Million Kids" annual immunization
drive on April 20 and the "HOPE for Kids FundRACE" on April 19
a 535-mile bicycle ultra-marathon between Boston and Washington, D.C.
In one of its largest donations to date, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
will provide 99 cellular telephones to help "HOPE for a Million
volunteers in the New England and Washington D.C./Baltimore regions
communicate with one another as they educate inner-city parents on
immunization and link them to neighborhood healthcare providers. In
addition, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is sponsoring the first annual
HOPE for Kids FundRACE by providing race volunteers with 34 cellular
telephones to ensure the safety of racers along the route. The
organization's goal is to raise $1.5 million from the race.
"Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's contribution will enable our race
coordinators to remain in constant contact with one another regardless
of their location along the course, helping us efficiently meet the
needs of the bikers and keep the race on track," stated Mike
special events coordinator for HOPE worldwide. "Its donation will
enable our immunization drive volunteers to reach far more children by
communicating with one another in real-time to identify where more
volunteers and literature packets are needed. With support from
companies like Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, we hope to reach one million
needy children throughout the country in one day."
"We strongly endorse HOPE for Kids' goal to make the lives of inner
city children healthier and happier," stated Cynthia White,
vice president and chief operating officer of Bell Atlantic NYNEX
Mobile. "We are delighted to lend our technology to support the
organization's efforts and hope our contribution leads to a very
successful weekend in terms of the number of children immunized and
the level of funds raised."
In 1995, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile supported the HOPE for Kids
immunization outreach program in Providence, R.I. By enabling the
organization's staff to dispatch people and materials more
efficiently, the phones helped Providence volunteers reach more
households than all the other New England cities combined.
With more than three million customers, Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the
east coast and second largest in the United States. Headquartered in
Bedminster, NJ, the company offers a full range of wireless voice,
data, and paging services to the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast,
and through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company was
formed in July 1995 through the combination of Bell Atlantic Mobile's
and NYNEX Mobile's cellular operations.
Since its inception in 1993, HOPE for Kids has become the most
effective immunization outreach program in America, now operating in
35 cities across the country. HOPE for Kids is a project of HOPE
worldwide, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity based in Radnor, PA, with
projects for the poor and needy in 32 countries around the world.
- Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Andrea Linskey, (908)306-7845
The Weber Group, Pauline O'Keeffe, (617)520-7085