FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 1998
By Giving Donation to New England Home for Little Wanderers
BOSTON, MA , November 9, 1998 -- The North American GSM Alliance, L.L.C. , a group of U.S. and Canadian digital wireless phone carriers that include local wireless company, Omnipoint, today presented a $10,000 donation to Carolyn Carter, a representative of the New England Home for Little Wanderers. The donation will be spent on clothing gift certificates and other appropriate teen gifts for the holidays.
"In reviewing the tremendous growth that North American GSM companies experienced this year - more than 1.3 million in the past 12 months - we believe strongly in giving back to the communitiy," said GSM Alliance Chairman Don Warkentin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aerial Communications. "Each year, at the GSM in North America Conference, we try to have a positive impact on the city where this conference is held."
Warkentin said that since the conference is being held this year in Boston, the GSM Alliance worked with the local GSM carrier, Omnipoint, to identify the New England Home for Little Wanderers for the donation.
The New England Home for Little Wanderers is responsible for 21 programs throughout New England that protect, nurture, and provide shelter for over 2,000 children who are at-risk in their family situations. These programs range from family clinics, to in-home therapy workshops to several residential programs, where the children actually live in shelters away from their families.
"Needless to say, for those children living in shelters the holidays can be a hard time of the year, going without the love, support and celebration that most of us are fortunate enough to expect from our families," explained Omnipoint President George Schmitt. "More than half of the children living in residential programs are in their teens and often overlooked when it comes to holiday gift-giving. The Alliance has chosen to do something to solve that."
The New England Home for Little Wanderers (The Home), founded in 1865, is a child and family service agency that protects, shelters and nurtures at-risk children. The Home's residential and community-based programs and special education schools provide an array of services within an integrated system of care to more than 2,000 children, youth and families from various racial, economic and social backgrounds.
The GSM Alliance, L.L.C. is a group of U.S. and Canadian digital wireless PCS carriers, which helps provide seamless wireless communications for more than 2.3 million customers, whether at home, in nearly 2,400 U.S. and Canadian cities and towns, 48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia , and four Canadian provinces or abroad. Using Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications, GSM companies provide superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and leading-edge wireless voice, data and fax features for customers. There are more than 120 million GSM customers in 128 countries worldwide.
GSM Alliance members include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc.; BellSouth Mobility DCS; Conestoga Wireless Company; Cook Inlet PCS; DIGIPH PCS; Iowa Wireless Services, L.P.; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Omnipoint Communications LLC; Pacific Bell Wireless; Powertel, Inc.; Western Total Communications; Western Wireless Corp.; and Wireless 2000 PCS. The GSM Alliance works in cooperation with North American GSM equipment manufacturers: Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks and Siemens.
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