Irvine, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–October 14, 2005–The Los Angeles Galaxy and Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless network, are teaming with fans to help curb domestic violence in the community. At the Oct. 15 Galaxy home game at The Home Depot Center, the first 500 fans to donate a used wireless phone and/or accessory to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine(SM) program will be awarded a Buy One Get One Free ticket voucher for the first Los Angeles Galaxy playoff game. HopeLine drop boxes will be located at the main entrance gates of the Home Depot Center prior to the start of the match.
“Together with Verizon Wireless, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence in our community,” said L.A. Galaxy President and General Manager Doug Hamilton. “As a club, we strive to be a responsible community and corporate partner and through this campaign will be able to assist those in need as well as making the neighborhood we live in a little environmentally cleaner.”
“We’re proud to be partnering with the Los Angeles Galaxy to raise awareness of domestic violence by collecting no longer used cell phones to benefit victims of abuse,” said Marni Walden, president, Southern California, Verizon Wireless. “Galaxy fans can make a difference not only at the October 15th game, but throughout the year by simply donating their used cell phones and accessories at any of our more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout the nation.”
Through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, used wireless handsets, batteries and accessories from any service provider are refurbished, recycled and/or sold. Proceeds are used to fund grants for non-profit domestic violence advocacy organizations and to purchase wireless phones for use by victims.
During the past two years, Verizon Wireless has awarded more than $400,000 in HopeLine grants and donated more than 2,000 wireless phones and free airtime to California domestic violence agencies to aid survivors.
Wireless phones and equipment can also be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation’s most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. With headquarters in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD)(LSE:VOD).
Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at any Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
About the Los Angeles Galaxy
An original member of Major League Soccer (MLS), the Los Angeles Galaxy was founded in 1996 and is owned by the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). The L.A. Galaxy plays all of their home games at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. The Galaxy are one of 12 teams in MLS, the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States. For more information about the L.A. Galaxy, log on to the club’s official Web site at http://www.lagalaxy.com.