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Children of Verizon Wireless Employees Honor Their "Superhero" Working Parents

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — In celebration of its sixth consecutive year of being recognized as a Working Mother 100 Best Company, Verizon Wireless today announced it has selected Ross Vardaman, age nine, as its national winner in the company's "Superheroes at Work" children's art contest. As the national winner, Ross' artwork will be featured in an upcoming Verizon Wireless ad in Working Mother magazine.

Open to children of parents employed by Verizon Wireless, the contest asked participants to illustrate what makes their mother, father or parental figure "super" to them. Ross' mother Cindy Vardaman works at Verizon Wireless as a business sales representative. Ross' artwork showed his mom at work in a superhero cape, talking on the phone while thinking of the fun time she had with her son.

"It has been a pleasure to see our employees through their children's eyes and to give our working parents a chance to talk about what they do everyday when they're at work," said Martha Delehanty, vice president — human resources, Verizon Wireless. "Our employees work hard to provide the best wireless experience for our customers and we're proud to support our working parents with an environment that helps them maintain their superhero status both at home and at work."

Verizon Wireless received hundreds of entries from children of employees across the country. The participating children ranged in age from 3 to 12 years old. All entries were judged on the originality and creativity of the entry, the artistic composition and color, and the connection to the theme of the contest. In addition to the grand prize winner, 21 regional finalists were also recognized.

In September, Verizon Wireless placed on the Working Mother 100 list for the sixth consecutive year. The company was recognized for creating a work environment that is especially hospitable to all women, including working mothers. From its Healthy Babies program that helps improve employee quality of life throughout pregnancy and after childbirth, to the Backup Dependent Care program that provides employees with access to back-up caregivers for children, adult/elderly dependents and spouses/domestic partners, Verizon Wireless invests significantly in its employees, offering benefits and programs that help improve quality of life both during and after the workday.

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EDITORS NOTE: Images of the winning submission are available online. Log on to Verizon Wireless' Image Library at to preview and download images.

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 56.7 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at