Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program Launches Community-Wide Phone Drive To Benefit Local Victims Of Domestic Violence in Texas

WHAT:4th annual Verizon Foundation Domestic Violence Prevention Summit "Engaging Communities to Help End Domestic Violence"

The Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program is launching a community-wide phone drive across North Texas to support domestic violence prevention and increase awareness of the issue. Donations of no-longer-used cell phones and accessories to any North Texas Verizon Wireless store will benefit local domestic violence survivors and the non-profit organizations that support them.

State Sen. Jane Nelson and Herbert Gears, Irving Mayor, will follow the community call to action by proclaiming October as HopeLine Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Clothesline Project, an art project created in partnership with The Family Place and Verizon Wireless, will also be on display. The art project, comprised of t-shirts decorated by local domestic violence victims, is intended to raise awareness of the issue in North Texas.

WHEN:10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24

  • 10:45 a.m. Launch of North Texas Community HopeLine Drive — Tamara Flowers, director — Data Sales, Verizon Wireless

  • 10:50 a.m. Political Endorsements of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) — State Sen. Jane Nelson, District 12, and Herbert Gears, Mayor, Irving, TX

  • 11 a.m. Available for Interview — Tamara Flowers, director — Data Sales, Verizon Wireless, and Paige Flink, executive director, The Family Place

WHERE:Omni Mandalay HotelMandalay Room221 East Las Colinas Blvd.Irving

WHY:Domestic violence prevention is a key social issue for the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications. The Summit will showcase strategies and solutions that encourage positive community teamwork, and promote healthy relationships. Dr. Ron Anderson, president and CEO, Parkland Health and Hospital System, will keynote the event.

CONTACT:Audrey 972-444-5516

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