Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile And The American Cancer Society Join Forces In

PHILADELPHIA — At a unique celebration of its Daffodil Days fund-raising initiative, the American Cancer Society announced today that Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has been named its first "Official Corporate Partner" in Southeast Pennsylvania. As such, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile will contribute more than $90,000 to the American Cancer Society's Southeastern Pennsylvania region over the next two years. In addition, the wireless leader will utilize its extensive network of employees, customers and resources to mobilize additional funds and awareness of the American Cancer Society's life-saving efforts.

As one of their first contributions, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile employees, including regional president Robert F. Stott, joined the American Cancer Society, members of the Deliverance Evangelistic Church community, and a class of four-year-old Head Start students to plant a "Garden of Hope" on the church grounds. The garden will help to beautify the area, and will simultaneously remind community members of the importance of Daffodil Days. The organizations hope to plant a similar garden in a new location each year at this time.

"As a cancer survivor myself, I am absolutely committed to the American Cancer Society's work," said Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile regional president Robert F. Stott. "We are very proud to be directing our resources to this fight," he added.

Trevor Lawman, chairman of the board of the American Cancer Society of Pa., noted that "Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has certainly shown itself to be a community leader through this unique partnership. Its financial contribution, as well as its ability to mobilize resources and reach consumers in the Delaware Valley, will be a tremendous boost to our efforts to make a difference in the health of Greater Philadelphia residents."

In addition to its $90,000 cash contribution to the American Cancer Society, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile will also participate in a variety of the American Cancer Society's fund-raising initiatives and special events, and will continue to work with the American Cancer Society to seek unique ways for residents of the Delaware Valley to have greater access to the organization's important information and resources.

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The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The company owns and operates the most extensive network in the east, covering 111,000 square miles, and the largest chain of wireless retail outlets offering a full range of wireless personal communications services, including voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has 4.4 million customers and 6,500 employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company was formed in July, 1995, by combining the cellular operations of Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile. For more information about the company, visit Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's Home Page at