Verizon Wireless Presented Silver Whistle Award At Mt. Sinai Annual Benefit

Verizon Wireless Presented Silver Whistle Award At Mt. Sinai Annual Benefit

Company Cited For Leadership In Fight Against Domestic Violence

May 17, 2002




Verizon Wireless was presented Mt. Sinai's Silver Whistle Award at the annual benefit dinner earlier this week. Denny Strigl, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, accepted the award for the company's longtime commitment to domestic violence awareness and prevention through its HopeLineSM program.

Since 1995, Verizon Wireless has focused on assisting victims of domestic violence by donating wireless phones and by placing its resources and wireless technology to work to prevent domestic violence. Today, the company's HopeLine program has grown into an army of initiatives, from HR guidelines on responding to employee victims, to bus posters and movie trailers on the subject of domestic violence, to the nationwide collection of phones to benefit domestic violence organizations exclusively.

The Mount Sinai SAVI (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program) twelfth annual benefit was held on May 16. Other recipients of the Silver Whistle Award that evening were Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of the television series Law and Order, and Dr. Eileen Treacy, a court consultant and psychology faculty member.

"The Silver Whistle Awards are especially gratifying because they help raise overall awareness of domestic violence and its devastating consequences to individuals, communities and workplaces," said Denny Strigl, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. "SAVI spotlights what each of us can do - whatever our walk of life - to make a difference."

The HopeLine Program

With its national HopeLine program, the first carrier-run phone donation program, Verizon Wireless is leveraging its position as the largest nationwide wireless carrier to help domestic violence prevention and awareness organizations. HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless handsets to be recycled or sold. Verizon Wireless then donates the proceeds to non-profit domestic violence advocacy organizations or uses proceeds to purchase handsets for victims.

Phones can be dropped off at any of the more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. Consumers can also find information on how to donate on the company's Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

As part of its domestic violence philanthropic efforts, Verizon Wireless also makes financial grants to regional and national domestic violence organizations, such as the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other select community interest groups.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 30 million 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 http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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