Buffalo Bills Linebacker Kawika Mitchell To Meet Fans At Local Verizon Wireless Kiosk In New York

WHAT:Buffalo Bills linebacker Kawika Mitchell will visit the Verizon Wireless kiosk in the Walden Galleria Mall to meet fans and sign autographs. Mitchell is the spokesperson for Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® program in Upstate New York. As the HopeLine spokesperson, Mitchell challenges all fans to make a difference in the life of a domestic violence survivor by donating their no longer used wireless phones at the Bills game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, September 27.

WHERE:Verizon Wireless KioskWalden Galleria MallOne Galleria Drive Cheektowaga, NY 14225716-651-9163

WHEN: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 — 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

WHY:Every day, 5,000 women become victims of domestic violence. Verizon Wireless and the Buffalo Bills unite to support Buffalo-area survivors by collecting used wireless phones for the HopeLine program. The phones are refurbished, recycled or sold with proceeds donated to support non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups.

Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, works to combat domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue through the company's HopeLine program. Marking its 14th year in 2009, HopeLine today collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools of wireless phones and wireless services, and financial grants. Phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Stores across the country. For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

Editor's NoteVerizon Wireless accepts wireless phone donations at all retail stores. For more information on the HopeLine program, please visit http://www.verizonwireless.com.