TDS presents Spokane Hometown Hero Award

Spokane, Washington – TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) surprised a longtime group of volunteers in Spokane with a Hometown Hero Award.

The Vanessa Behan Auxiliary Board operates the annual Santa Express, a holiday shopping experience in which children learn the value of giving to others by shopping for gifts for family, friends, and teachers. Over the years, volunteers have raised approximately $2.3 million to support the work of Vanessa Behan, which provides immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families.

On Thursday, TDS representatives recognized their efforts with a Hometown Hero Award, which honors those making a difference in the community and especially aims to highlight unsung heroes.

“We are excited to shine a light on the Vanessa Behan Auxiliary Board, whose members are truly heroes helping make the holidays a meaningful and special time for kids. It’s our honor to present this award to say thank you for everything this group has done to help Vanessa Behan and children in Spokane,” said Heather Latta, TDS associate manager of Field Marketing.

Also, as part of the presentation, TDS made a $1,000 donation to Vanessa Behan.

TDS continues construction on high-speed, all-fiber internet networks in Spokane and Spokane Valley. For more information, visit

Media Contact: Mark Schaaf | Manager of Communications | TDS Telecom | 414-326-3588 |

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,600 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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