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A Time to Give: Wireless Zone Donates $147,000

A Time to Give: Wireless Zone Donates $147,000
Hospice: Left to right is Neil Ryan, Todd Postler of Wireless Zone, Carol Mahier - Executive Director of Hospice, Jeff Nelson - Director of Community Development, Denise Hawk, Annual Giving and Special Events Manager.

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Local Wireless Zone Franchisees Contribute Despite Economic Slowdown

Though the economy may be suffering, Wireless Zone is thriving, and the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving is continuing to positively impact hundreds of charities, donating more money to charities across the nation than ever before and giving $147,000 in grants to 18 unique charities throughout eastern Connecticut including Windham Hospital, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Waterford Country School, Hospice of Southeastern CT, Madonna Place, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Thames River Community Services, Goodwin College & CT Make a Wish.

Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Jewish Federation of Eastern CT, Calvary Fellowship, Friendship Service Center, Intensive Education Academy, Mary’s Place, My Sister’s Place, Tabor House and True Colors are some of the other organizations that Wireless Zone is donating to.

Wireless Zone, the nation’s largest wireless retail franchise, is based in Middletown and has 11 locations in eastern Connecticut. The company has been quietly providing grants to worthy public and private charities since 2003 through their Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving.

The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving started after years of supporting research into Neurofibromatosis (NF), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), as well as United Hospice of Rockland County, and was created as a way for the franchise corporation, franchisees, employees and friends to give back to the communities they serve in a meaningful and effective manner.

“While many companies are cutting back on charitable contributions in the current economic environment, local Wireless Zone franchisees and employees continue to find worthy local charities to support with donations that are matched by Automotive Technologies, Inc., the franchisor,” said Neil Ryan, Connecticut Wireless Zone franchise owner. He also notes that a portion of sales from every new cell phone activation and upgrade is donated by each store.

In addition to the charities supported by the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving, local Wireless Zone franchisees and employees have contributed to many other local charities by participating in local fundraising drives, charity golf tournaments and walks.

“As the Wireless Zone family grows, so does its sense of responsibility to the communities in which we operate. The Foundation strives to make a difference,” said CEO of Wireless Zone Kevin Sinclair. “We find franchisees who are not only dedicated to providing the best customer service in the wireless retail industry, but also those who want to positively impact their local communities by participating in local fundraisers, school events and athletic sponsorships for example.”

Founded in 1988 as "The Car Phone Store", Wireless Zone has become the nation's largest wireless retail franchisor and was ranked the No. 1 franchise in its category by Entrepreneur magazine. Every store is independently owned and operated, exclusively offering Verizon Wireless products and services. In 2011, Wireless Zone has grown to more than 400 locations thanks to its recession friendly and finance friendly model.
Local Wireless Zone locations are located in Groton, New London, Guilford, Norwich, Lisbon, Dayville, Putnam, North Windham , Tolland, Branford and Wallingford. Wireless Zone is a division of Automotive Technologies, Inc. For more information, visit