Verizon Wireless HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award To Be Presented to Denver, Colorado, Chief of Police Gerald Whitman

DENVER, CO — WHO: Verizon Wireless, a corporate leader in domestic violence awareness and creator of the HopeLine® phone recycling and reuse program

WHAT: Presentation of the HopeLine Law Enforcement Partnership Award to Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman, including remarks by:

  • Mark Harris, vice president - National Government Sales and Operations, Verizon Wireless

  • Sean Hull, director of business sales, Verizon Wireless

  • Gerald Whitman, chief of police, Denver

  • Victoria McVicker, chief executive officer, SafeHouse-Denver

A $5,000 HopeLine grant will also be presented during the event to SafeHouse Denver in honor of Chief Whitman's contributions.

WHERE: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street in Denver, Room #701

WHEN: The award will be presented at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

BACKGROUND: The HopeLine Law Enforcement Partnership Award honors the efforts of public safety personnel and organizations across the country committed to reducing domestic violence, providing support to victims, raising awareness of the issue and educating communities about domestic violence.

About HopeLineHopeLine, Verizon Wireless' long-running phone recycling and reuse program, accepts wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any carrier for reuse and recycling at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide or via mail (postage paid label available at Phones given to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

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