Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region Sponsors Hispanic Heritage Month Mural Contest In Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA, PA — In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region is sponsoring “The Pride of Our Heritage” mural contest that will enable the winner to design a large-scale celebration of his/her culture and lifestyle to be transformed into a mural. The winning design will be chosen via public online voting.

The winning designer will be featured in a national arts magazine, enjoy local recognition at an unveiling event and appearances in Verizon Wireless stores in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region and receive $500 in art supplies and a Samsung Fascinate smartphone.

“The Hispanic community is a very large, vibrant and important component of the fabric of Philadelphia. The ‘Pride of Our Heritage’ mural contest will allow new voices to celebrate the richness of the Hispanic-American experience, as well as their traditional culture and lifestyles,” said Mario Turco, president of Verizon Wireless’ Philadelphia Tri-State Region. “This is a great opportunity for a creative person to make a significant and positive mark in their neighborhood that will be appreciated by all residents.”

The public will vote on the design they like best online at between September 23 and October 2, with the winner being notified on or about October 3. The mural will be painted in Philadelphia between October 4 and 15, with an unveiling event to take place in late October.

This Hispanic Heritage Mural Contest is one of a variety of educational and diversity programs supported by Verizon Wireless. With a diverse workforce of 79,000, Verizon Wireless drives workplace diversity by establishing programs to encourage the hiring and advancement of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

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