Children From Holy Family Insititute To See *NSYNC As Guests Of Verizon Wireless

PITTSBURGH, PA — When *NSYNC takes the stage at Heinz Field this Saturday, thousands of fans will be living a dream, among them a group of children from Holy Family Institute, who have been invited to attend this weekend's *NSYNC 2001 POPODYSSEY concert as guests of Verizon Wireless, a sponsor of the tour.

"Some of the children at Holy Family Institute have not had the opportunity to experience many of the normal joys of childhood," said Kevin Jenkins, executive director of Holy Family Social Services of Western Pennsylvania. "At Holy Family, we try to allow our children 'to be children' and experience a wide variety of activities and participate in new positive experiences. We are truly grateful that Verizon Wireless is providing our children an evening of fun. We would have never been able to send children to an event like this. The children are truly thrilled and will never forget this experience."

Among its many programs, Holy Family Institute provides residential care for abused and neglected children.

Roger Tang, Verizon Wireless president, Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, said the company was pleased to share the excitement of the evening with a very special group of children.

"By giving these children a chance to spend a night enjoying a live*NSYNC concert, we hope to help them build some wonderful memories," Tang said. "One night won't change their lives, but hopefully each time they hear one of the band's songs, they'll remember the night they saw the group and smile at the memory."

About Holy Family Institute

Holy Family Institute is committed to helping children, strengthening families and preserving the dignity of family life by providing care, education and treatment service to children and families. Based in greater Pittsburgh, HFI has more than 100 years of experience and today serves nearly 6,000 children and 900 families. Holy Family is currently providing residential care for abused and neglected children, in-home services, outpatient counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, special and alternative education and many community based programs including summer camps and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Armstrong County. Services are offered through 15 different sites throughout Allegheny and Armstrong and Jefferson counties. Holy Family Institute provides programs and services which are dedicated to the positive, continuous growth of each child and family entrusted to the agency's care. Holy Family Institute is a United Way of Allegheny County-reviewed agency and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at