FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AT&T Again Donates $25,000 to Support Marine Corps Marathon and Offers Free
Global Calling to All Runners at Finish Line
AT&T Will Also Provide More Than 300 Calling Cards to Marine Corps
Marathon Forward Participants in Iraq
VIENNA, Va., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T - News)
announced today a donation of $25,000 to become a major sponsor of the
Marine Corps Marathon for the fourth consecutive year. AT&T is the title
sponsor of the Finish Festival and will allow race participants and
spectators to make free global calls to their friends and family members
through the use of one of AT&T's specially equipped disaster recovery and
emergency communications vans.
The Marine Corps Marathon is also holding its first-ever satellite running
of the annual race called the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Forward. More
than 200 runners and troops from all branches of the Armed Services who are
based in the Al Anbar province of Iraq will participate on race day.
AT&T is stepping up its support for our men and women in uniform by
supplying 300 calling cards to all Armed Service participants in the MCM
Forward, which will enable them to make free global calls to their friends
and family members.
"The U.S. Marine Corps Marathon does a terrific job year after year
organizing the marathon," said Steve D'Lugos, sales center vice
president-AT&T Government Solutions, a unit of AT&T that serves the
federal government. "During our involvement with the marathon, AT&T has
provided free global calling and other support services to the men and
women running the marathon in the U.S. and in Iraq. The U.S. Marine Corps
Marathon is an event that AT&T is proud to be associated with."
AT&T Government Solutions will provide a booth at the Finish Festival
where runners, spectators and Marines can make a free phone call to anyone
anywhere via its AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Van, which offers voice
over satellite communications. An AT&T Emergency Communications
Vehicle, a specially equipped van that was used in the Gulf Coast region
following Hurricane Katrina to provide satellite-based phone calling for
emergency workers, will be set up near the finish line for use by runners
"AT&T has played a key role for the past four years by supporting the
marathon and offering runners the wonderful service of free phone calls
from the finish line," said Rick Nealis, MCM Race Director. "We are very
grateful to AT&T for its continued commitment to MCM runners and the
Marines who produce the event."
AT&T's donation was made to the Marine Corps Marathon Ad Hoc Publicity
Committee, Inc., the nonprofit group that supports the Marathon, to help
cover program expenses associated with the MCM. In addition, AT&T has
16 employees from across the company, many from AT&T Government
Solutions, who have dedicated themselves to a rigorous training schedule to
prepare for the world's eighth-largest marathon.
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