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Verizon Wireless Donates to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Many more victims of domestic abuse in our area will find much-needed assistance thanks to a $20,000 donation presented to Women Against Abuse, one of the area’s leading domestic violence prevention organizations. The organization received the donation today as part of a ceremony to mark the opening of Verizon Wireless’ newest store in Downingtown, PA, which the company calls a SMART store.

The SMART store aims to make shopping for wireless phones, tablets, accessories and other devices more personal by incorporating interactive lifestyle zones, including the “Get Fit” zone with smart accessories to help improve fitness, and the “Amplify It” zone for music lovers. The new store provides customers a visual playground of devices and accessories to test before making any purchases.

Local leaders Guy Ciarrocchi, President of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, and Donald P. Ash, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for East Caln Township, attended the ribbon cutting event and spoke to the benefits they believe it will deliver for customers.

“The Chamber is excited about the Verizon Wireless SMART Store opening in our community and I believe it will provide a valuable resource to our residents,” said Ciarrocchi.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of a new SMART store today, which will benefit our customers by providing the latest in wireless communications technology and even free Wireless Workshops where they can learn how to get the most from their smartphones, tablets and a myriad of innovative wireless devices we now offer to suit their lifestyle,” said Rob Miller, Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region President. “We’re equally excited to continue our longstanding support of organizations who do the much-needed work of providing support to abuse victims in our community. Women Against Abuse is a premiere organization in this arena and we know they will put the funding to good use.”

The donation to Women Against Abuse is the result of Verizon Wireless’s “Pass Along Hope” campaign in April, a partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles that encouraged fans and community members to support victims of domestic violence through phone donations and personal messages of hope on Twitter. For every phone donated and every tweet shared in April, Verizon Wireless pledged to donate $1 through its HopeLine from Verizon program, which supports area domestic violence shelters and organizations, such as Women Against Abuse.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE and 3G networks.  As the largest wireless company in the U.S., Verizon Wireless serves 102.8 million retail customers, including 96.8 million retail postpaid customers.  Verizon Wireless is wholly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. For the latest news and updates about Verizon Wireless, visit our News Center athttp://news.verizonwireless.com or follow us on Twitter athttp://twitter.com/VZWNews.

About Women Against Abuse

Women Against Abuse is the leading domestic violence service provider and advocate in Pennsylvania, serving 15,000 individuals each year through emergency residential services, supportive transitional and permanent housing, legal aid, trauma-informed behavioral health care and community education and training. Women Against Abuse’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate and nonjudgmental services that foster self-respect and independence in individuals experiencing intimate partner violence, and to lead the effort to end domestic violence in Philadelphia through advocacy and community education. For more information, visit www.womenagainstabuse.org.

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