Verizon Wireless Presents Grants to Alabama Domestic Violence Non-Profits in Culmination of HOPEWEEK

 Verizon Wireless Presents Grants to Alabama Domestic Violence Non-Profits in
                           Culmination of HOPEWEEK

First Lady Dianne Bentley Recognizes Sorority Winners of Grant Competition

PR Newswire

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 9, 2012

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today awarded
grants of $2,500 each to domestic violence agencies in Opelika and Montgomery
as part of a competition involving sororities across Alabama during HOPEWEEK,
a domestic violence awareness initiative organized by Verizon and the Alabama
Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV).

Auburn's Alpha Chi Omega chapter, which adopted the Domestic Violence
Intervention Center in Opelika, and Alabama State's Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter,
which picked the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery, delivered the most
signatures and phones as part of the HOPEWEEK competition. During HOPEWEEK,
participating chapters of the two sororities at universities and colleges
across Alabama collected more than 7,500 signatures for an online cause
statement and also collected cell phones for HopeLineĀ®, Verizon's phone
recycling program that raises funds for domestic violence awareness and

Representatives of each sorority chapter were invited to today's luncheon with
First Lady Bentley, a Verizon Wireless 2012 HopeLine Hero Award winner for her
support of and efforts around domestic violence awareness and prevention.
Officials with Verizon and ACADV also attended the luncheon.

"Every day, families across Alabama experience the harmful effects of violence
in the home," First Lady Bentley said. "I was proud to be a part of an effort
that brought together hundreds of young women in Alabama to take action
against this epidemic. They are an inspiration to us all."

"First Lady Bentley's support coupled with the efforts of the sorority
chapters helped make HOPEWEEK a success and drive awareness of the issue of
domestic violence here in Alabama," said Jonathan LeCompte, president of the
Georgia/Alabama region for Verizon Wireless. "Verizon is proud to be part of
this effort."

Alpha Chi Omega and Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters from 14 Alabama universities
and colleges participated in the HOPEWEEK grant competition. Besides Auburn
and Alabama State, the schools were the University of Alabama, Alabama A&M
University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Birmingham-Southern College,
Samford University, Talladega College, Troy University, the University of
Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University
of Montevallo, the University of North Alabama and the University of South

HopeLine from Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless devices and
accessories to be refurbished and recycled and/or sold with all proceeds
benefiting victims of domestic violence. Since launching the program in
October of 2001, Verizon has funded more than $14.2 million in cash grants for
domestic violence organizations across the country and distributed more than
123,000 HopeLine phones.

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