Initiative Highlights the Lives of Ten Deaf 'Trailblazers' Who Have Advanced the Fields of Civil Rights, Language, Art, Medicine, Sports, and More
NOVATO, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Purple Communications(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq: PRPL), one of the nation's leading providers of text and video relay and on-site interpreting services, today announced 'Dream Bigger,' an initiative that highlights, acknowledges, and celebrates Deaf culture and achievement in America. The Company will honor 10 trailblazers in the Deaf Community from across the country that have had tremendous impact in the areas of sports, civil rights, politics, business, language, community, medicine, art, and education.
The Dream Bigger campaign recognizes trailblazers in the Deaf Community and aims to celebrate the advances they have made. Whether it has been the breaking down of barriers or establishing new status quos, these Trailblazers have improved the overall quality-of-life for all members of the Deaf Community. The campaign will commence with an event on June 13 in Los Angeles, California. Lauren Teruel Ridloff, educator and former Miss Deaf America, will emcee 10 events that will celebrate and honor each of Purple Communication's 2009 Trailblazers in their own communities. Teruel Ridloff will also host the Dream Bigger Gala in Washington, D.C.
"Purple's own history has been one of realizing and exceeding dreams through its creation of cutting-edge technology services that make communication easier, enjoyable and more convenient for individuals in the Deaf Community," said Brandon Arthur, Vice President of marketing communications for Purple Communications. "The Dream Bigger program recognizes community visionaries who had the tenacity to fulfill personal dreams and lead the way for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people everywhere to pursue theirs. Each of these leaders is a trailblazer in their own right and we're honored to serve as a conduit for their stories of perseverance and success."
Meet the Trailblazers
As part of their selection, each Trailblazer was awarded a $1,000 cash prize from Purple Communications to be a paid as a donation to a non-profit organization of their choice and in their name as a way of paving the road for the next generation of trailblazers in the Deaf Community.
Purple Communications will announce the 2009 Trailblazer of the Year who was voted for by the Deaf Community and who best represents the essence of the Dream Bigger initiative at the Dream Bigger Gala in October 2009 in Washington, D.C. The recipient of the Trailblazer of the Year award will receive $10,000 to be donated in their name, to their non-profit organization of choice, as well as an all-expenses-paid vacation.
The Purple 2009 Trailblazers and Trailblazer of the Year nominees include:
To learn more about the Dream Bigger campaign, find out dates and locations for all events, view and read Trailblazer stories, and vote for the 2009 Trailblazer of the Year, visit www.purple.us/dreambigger. Also, be sure to follow the Dream Bigger campaign on Twitter -- @idreambigger.
About Purple Communications
Purple Communications is a leading provider of onsite interpreting services, video relay and text relay services, and video remote interpreting, offering a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of its customers. The Company's vision is to enable free-flowing communication between people, inclusive of differences in abilities, languages, or locations. For more information on the Company or its services, visit www.purple.us or contact Purple Communications directly by voice at 415-408-2300, by Internet relay by visiting www.i711.com or www.ip-relay.com, or by video phone by connecting to hovrs.tv.
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