Fourth Annual Verizon Wireless Mother's Day Concert to Benefit Mujeres Latinas en Acción

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The fourth annual Verizon Wireless Mother's Day Concert will provide Chicago's Hispanic community with premier international talent while raising awareness--and money--to help end domestic violence. The concert, featuring Diana Reyes and Pablo Montero, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.

The fourth annual Verizon Wireless Mother's Day Concert will provide Chicago's Hispanic community with premier international talent while raising awareness--and money--to help end domestic violence. The concert, featuring Diana Reyes and Pablo Montero, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.

All proceeds from ticket sales for the concert will be donated to Mujeres Latinas en Acción, a leading organization that helps empower Latina women and provides services to domestic violence survivors and their families.

"Verizon Wireless is proud to continue this tradition in our community, celebrating Latina mothers and supporting Mujeres Latinas en Acción in its mission to end domestic violence," said T.J. Fox, president-Illinois/Wisconsin Region, Verizon Wireless. "Our Mother's Day concert is an opportunity for us to rally with the community to take a proactive role in fighting violence, which impacts as many as one in four women in their lifetime."

Domestic violence is a widespread problem that impacts women from all walks of life, although women in the Hispanic community may face a greater array of challenges in leaving an abuser, including economic and cultural barriers. In the past six months, Chicago-based Mujeres Latinas en Acción has seen an increase in calls related to domestic violence, now averaging 130 calls per month. The organization believes the increase is due, in part, to economic factors impacting the Hispanic communities it serves, and points out that financial stress in a household can exacerbate tensions and increase violence when abusive relationships already exist.

"Now more than ever we need the entire community to stand together to support survivors of domestic violence," said Maria S. Pesqueira, president and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción. "We must continue to talk about this problem and recognize that the violence taking place behind closed doors, ends up in our streets, impacting innocent children and our extended community."

"We are grateful to Verizon Wireless, a long-term supporter of our organization, for providing the community with a chance to directly help survivors of domestic violence--either by attending this concert, or by donating a cell phone to the HopeLine program," Pesqueira concluded.
Through its HopeLine® phone recycling program, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment from any wireless service provider. The phones are either refurbished or recycled. With the funds raised from the sale of the refurbished phones, Verizon Wireless donates cash grants, wireless phones and airtime to non-profit domestic violence agencies for use by survivors. Phones can be dropped off at Mujeres Latinas en Acción (2124 W. 21st Place, Chicago, IL 60608), at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store, or at the Verizon Wireless Mother's Day Concert.

In 2008, the concert, which featured Jenni Rivera, raised more than $15,000 for Mujeres Latinas en Acción. Also last year in Illinois, Verizon Wireless collected more than 1,125 phones through its HopeLine program and made donations totaling more than $300,000 to domestic violence organizations in the state.

For more information about the concert, please contact Alba Gomez with Mujeres Latinas en Acción, at (773) 890-7663 or visit http://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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.

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