Verizon Wireless and The Arizona Diamondbacks Team up to Provide a HopeLine for Victims of Domestic Violence

PHOENIX, AZ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are teaming to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Diamondbacks vs. Reds game on Saturday, August 21, are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located on the main plaza at Bank One Ballpark from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For every phone donated to the HopeLine program at the game on August 21, 2004, Verizon Wireless will in turn donate $5 per phone up to a maximum of $5,000 to Chrysalis, a Valley agency dedicated to transforming lives affected by domestic abuse through safety, support and education.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any carrier are refurbished, recycled and/or sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.

"Verizon Wireless challenges Diamondbacks fans to score a home run for Chrysalis by donating their used wireless phones and accessories to the HopeLine program prior to the game on August 21," said Tami Erwin, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "Our goal is to collect at least 1,000 phones."

At the same game, Verizon Wireless together with the Diamondbacks and the City of Phoenix will give a trading card featuring Diamondbacks' pitcher Brandon Webb to the first 10,000 fans through the gate. The cards, available in both English and Spanish, provide tips on how to stay "Safe at Home" and information on where domestic violence victims can get help.

Verizon Wireless awarded more than $32,000 in HopeLine grants to domestic violence agencies in Arizona alone in 2003, as well as donating 100 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies throughout the state. Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 40.4 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 www.verizonwireless.com.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.  

About HopeLineVerizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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