Verizon Wireless And The Green Bay Packers Connect For Domestic Violence Prevention In Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, WI — In an effort to help fight domestic violence in Wisconsin, Verizon Wireless is once again teaming up with the Green Bay Packers to provide protection where it is needed most-off the field.

Through its "Protection is the Name of the Game" program, Verizon Wireless will donate $25 to a designated domestic violence organization in Wisconsin for each point scored by the Green Bay Packers during the 2005-06 National Football League regular season. Since its inception in 2001, the program has raised more than $30,000 for domestic violence shelters and organizations in Wisconsin, with more than $10,000 raised last season alone.

Verizon Wireless will make donations to the following Wisconsin organizations during this Packers' season: Sojourner Truth House (Milwaukee); The Women's Center (Waukesha); Domestic Intervention Abuse Services (Madison); Regional Domestic Abuse Service (Neenah); Advocates of Ozaukee County (Port Washington); Women's Resource Center (Racine); Milwaukee Women's Center; Family Violence Center (Green Bay); ASHA Family Services (Milwaukee); Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Madison); Friends Aware of Violent Relationships (Fond du lac); Women's Horizons (Kenosha); Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center (Manitowoc); YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence (Janesville); Harbor House (Appleton) and the Task Force on Family Violence (Milwaukee).

"Protection is the Name of the Game" is part of Verizon Wireless' ongoing award-winning HopeLine® program, which focuses primarily on preventing domestic violence and increasing awareness of this national issue. Through the program, wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider are collected. Most donated phones and equipment are refurbished and sold, with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs. Any remaining phones are recycled in an environmentally friendly way.

"Domestic violence is a very real threat to women and families across Wisconsin and the country," said Tracy Nolan, president—Wisconsin/Illinois Region, Verizon Wireless. "We thank the Green Bay Packers for taking a stand with us against domestic violence and hope that as a team, we can raise awareness of this national epidemic, provide support to those affected by it and ultimately help put an end to it."

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