SAN DIEGO -- November 17, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), today announced it has taken strides to increase awareness and help prevent domestic violence and child abuse in San Diego County through a series of community activities and sponsorships. Recognized for its commitment to helping end domestic abuse, Qualcomm received a proclamation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the Guardian Angel Award from the San Diego Domestic Violence Council.
"Ending domestic violence and child abuse begins with communication," said Ellie Glaser, senior manager of community affairs for Qualcomm. "Our goal is to help raise awareness, provide education and improve the lives of individuals in our community who have been affected by domestic violence."
Qualcomm is supporting the 11th Annual "Women Together" fundraiser, held today to honor 27 elected female officials who have contributed to education on domestic violence and child abuse prevention. Proceeds from the event will be shared equally among the Downtown San Diego YWCA, Episcopal Community Services and Catholic Charities to fund additional shelter programs. The event will raise awareness of domestic violence and child abuse prevention in San Diego County by featuring women who have survived abusive situations. Margaret Radford of Channel 7/39 will host today's event. Qualcomm's donation ensures that all attendees receive a copy of Black and Blue, by Anna Quindlen. A television version of the book will air tonight on KFMB TV (Channel 8) at 9 p.m. PST.
In October, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors chairwoman, Pam Slater, and members of the Board recognized Qualcomm's efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence and child abuse by issuing a proclamation honoring Qualcomm for its outstanding service, leadership and commitment to the local community. The proclamation was the first annual recognition of an individual or company for its positive and proactive involvement in the community to end domestic violence.
"Improving lives of abuse victims starts with support from local business leaders and the community," said San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn. "Qualcomm has demonstrated outstanding leadership towards education of domestic violence and child abuse prevention in San Diego."
On June 11, 1999, Qualcomm received the Guardian Angel Award, presented by the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. Qualcomm received the first annual award for its efforts to help increase awareness of domestic violence and child abuse through education. The award is given to individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to improve the lives of victims and their families.
Qualcomm's community involvement also includes sponsorship and co-development of a 'call in' radio program entitled, "Solutions to Family Violence." The program airs on Sundays from 7-8 p.m. on 760 KFMB AM. Co-hosted by Dave Cohen, senior public information officer, San Diego Police Department, and Casey Gwinn, the program is the first to focus exclusively on issues concerning domestic violence and child abuse. The program's purpose is aimed at increasing awareness of domestic violence by alerting listeners to its warning signs and helping victims find support.
Qualcomm has also teamed with AirTouch to provide wireless phones and service to over nine women's shelters in San Diego County. In support of the "CALL to PROTECT" program, a nationwide campaign to help protect victims of domestic violence, Qualcommdigital wireless phones have been pre-programmed with local police and sheriff phone numbers providing victims with safety and protection at the push of a button. "CALL to PROTECT" also provides wireless phones for domestic violence professionals to reach victims, report cases of abuse and contact emergency services. In 1997, Qualcomm started the Qualcomm Cross Country Run/Hike to raise awareness of domestic violence and child abuse in San Diego County. Proceeds from this annual event are donated to various organizations countywide that support education and prevention of domestic abuse. Beneficiaries in past years have included Children's Hospital Center for Child Protection, the YWCA and the Junior League of San Diego.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's major business areas include CDMA phones; integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and is a 1999 FORTUNE 500® company traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timely product development, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis, and those related to performance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form10-K for the year ended September 26, 1999, and most recent Form 10-Q.