ATLANTA, October 4, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) joined together with Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta Unites Committee, composed of Centennial Olympic Park employees and local Atlanta businesses, to help raise funds for victims of the September 11 tragedy. The telethon, which was held at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., raised more than $200,000. The funds will be split equally between the American Red Cross, United Way?s September 11 fund and the Salvation Army, who will utilize the money to benefit the victims and families.
Qwest Communications donated the 800 number (866-4-SEPT11) utilized for the telethon. Approximately 100 telephones were staffed during the telethon by volunteers.
?Qwest is proud to have joined other concerned businesses to raise funds for the victims and families of the September 11 tragedy,? said Denis Walsh, regional vice president for Qwest Communications. ?This tragedy has affected Americans throughout the country. The telethon allowed us the opportunity to help make a difference in restoring hope for thousands of victims and their families.?
?Georgia Public Broadcasting is honored to have offered our facilities and services to coordinate phone bank donations for this momentous event which gave citizens across Georgia a chance to participate in relief efforts,? said Lisa Anne Gaston, director of the community and corporate services division of Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Georgia residents still interested in making a donation can send a check, money order or cash to Atlanta Unites, c/o United Way of Metro Atlanta, 100 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. Donations must be received by Oct. 29, 2001.
In addition to the telethon, Qwest has activated a number of programs to help those impacted by the tragedy, including:
- Donating more than $60,000 worth of office furniture and equipment to impacted businesses through a special disaster relief program initiated by Qwest and Steelcase.
- Diverting a $10 million shipment of local switching equipment to support Verizon?s restoration efforts in lower Manhattan.
- Providing Internet and network connectivity services free-of-charge to our customers? temporary offices.
- Providing temporary office space to customers in our New York and New Jersey facilities.
- Providing Web services to an organization that aids survivors of those killed while serving in the armed forces.
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