Phone Donation to Assist Children's Shelter Marks Grand Opening of New Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Store

CHARLOTTE, NC — Prompted by the overwhelming response to its extenisve community service program, Bell Atlantic Mobile is celebrating the grand opening of its newest Communications Store, located at 8020 Providence Road in the Arboretum Shopping Center, with the donation of a wireless phone to Elon Homes for Children.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off the grand opening festivities tomorrow, Friday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. Several representatives from the Charlotte Chamber, joined by Arboretum Store Manager Michelle Stephens, will be on hand to assist.

Following the ceremony, Bell Atlantic Mobile will present a wireless phone to Robert Alexander, program director at Elon Homes for Children. The Homes' staff members will use the phone, programmed to dial 9-1-1, to maintain close contact with the night supervisor while he patrols the facility, which will provide added security for the abused and neglected children who reside at the Home.

As part of the celebration, free food and beverages will be available, along with several giveaways. WLNK-FM will broadcast live from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Customers can also come in for free phone tune-ups, and may register to win a digital phone during the Grand Opening.

"Our customer base is rapidly expanding in the Arboretum area," said Stephens, "so we opened this location so our customers can enjoy even more convenient access to our products and services," she said. "This new store also provides us with the opportunity to keep pace with the growing demand for our SingleRate? digital wireless service, and to improve our outstanding customer service by having stores where our customers want them."