2004 Beacon Awards Honoring Excellence in Public Affairs Throughout the Cable Industry
It is not too soon to begin planning for the 2004 Beacon Awards. The 2004 Beacon Awards early bird deadline, which allows CTPAA members to save $50 off the entry fee, is November 7, 2003. The deadline is November 21, 2003. CTPAA will mail the 2004 Beacon Awards Call For Entries to members in September. The Call for Entries will also be posted online on the CTPAA Web site that same month.

CTPAA has several other features on the Beacon pages of the CTPAA Web site to assist members who are preparing their entries. There are links to Frequently Asked Questions , short descriptions of the 2003 Beacon Award winners and 2001 - 2003 Beacon Finalist project summaries. The project summary is the core of every Beacon entry and details the planning, implementation and results of a successful cable public affairs initiative. These posted project summaries from past Beacon finalists may serve as a good model when preparing a Beacon entry. The summaries are posted in the members-only section of the CTPAA Web site, which requires the member to log in. A prompt will ask for the member's user name (the member's email in lowercase letters) and password (the member's last name all in lowercase letters).

CTPAA will announce the winners of the 2004 Beacon Awards during a gala ceremony and dinner on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at FORUM 2004, the cable industry's annual educational conference dedicated to the issues facing public affairs professionals. FORUM 2004 will be held March 21-24, 2004, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The 2004 Beacon Awards co-chairs are Maryann Kafer, director, public relations for the Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, and Stacy Schmitt, director of public affairs for Time Warner Cable/Waco Division. For more information on the 2004 Beacon Awards, contact Michelle Butler at 202/775-1082 or via email at mbutler@ctpaa.org.

 Bravo Launches Bravo On With The Show: On Broadway…See Who You Can Be National Contest
Bravo Network is relauching its arts education initiative Bravo On With the Show as Bravo On With The Show: On Broadway…See Who You Can Be. This new initiative will send 30 winning students ages 10-17 from cable systems across the country to New York City in April 2004 for a week of invaluable theatrical training from experienced Broadway professionals. This will culminate in a live performance by participants on a Broadway stage.

To enter this contest, students who are cable subscribers in participating service areas are asked to submit an entry form containing four short-answer questions about themselves and a teacher recommendation by December 8, 2003. Bravo judges will choose 50 semi-finalists from this national pool and ask them to write an essay of 250-500 words describing their desire to participate in the Bravo On With The Show: On Broadway…See Who You Can Be program. These essays will then be judged to determine the 30 winners and help shape the final performance in New York City.

Cable operators participating in the promotion will be provided with materials for distribution to schools and arts classrooms in their service areas. Educators from local schools and community organizations that receive these materials will encourage their students to participate.

Bravo On With The Show is a partnership between cable operators and Bravo Network dedicated to creating meaningful experiences and methods for communities to be involved with theater arts education. The program helps to encourage students to creatively collaborate with one another, build self-esteem and leadership skills and to think outside the box. For more information, contact Emily Neuman of Bob Gold & Associates at 310/320-2010 or emily@bobgoldpr.com or Erica Conaty of NBC Networks at 201/346-2314 or erica.conaty@nbc.com.

 Cable Positive Shows Its Support for AIDS Research and Services in Denver and New York City
Cable Positive's Denver Chapter donated $35,000 to Denver's Rainbow House, a facility for HIV positive families and children, on Tuesday, August 26th. The contribution will allow Rainbow House to complete construction on a new infant-care section. This year's contribution was raised at the "Positively Cable" Musical Review at the Cable Center last fall. Cable Positive's Denver Chapter has raised more than $250,000 to help support the Rainbow House in the past five years.

On the east coast, show your support for Cable Positive by joining Bravo in attending Nine, the Broadway musical, on September 16th at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre at 230 West 49th St at 8 p.m. The Tony award-winning musical stars Antonio Banderas, Jane Krakowski, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Chita Rivera. Following the show at 10:30 p.m. is an after party hosted by NBC Cable Networks. Tickets to the musical and the after party are $250, and tickets to the after party are $100. All money raised goes to support Cable Positive and their efforts in fighting HIV and AIDS. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.magnetmail.net/Actions/linktosite.cfm?message_id=16775&user_id=CTPPA&recipient_id=5484063&site=http://www.cablepositive.org, or contact Melissa at 202-459-1606 or melissa@cablepositive.org.

 ESPN Launches Team ESPN And "Play Your Way!"
ESPN has launched a new community and social outreach program called Team ESPN that serves to incorporate sports and physical activity into the lives of fans and their communities. The goals of Team ESPN include encouraging lifelong physical activity and promoting availability of sports for youth and adults. Team ESPN's first initiative, "Play Your Way!" encourages physical activity among youth ages 9-17.

"Play Your Way!" is designed to remove some of the obstacles that keep kids from being active by providing physically active games, places to play and stuff to play with. Team ESPN will combine efforts with DisneyHand, worldwide outreach for The Walt Disney Company, and sports teams and leagues to explore programs with health, fitness, physical education and youth organizations.

"Our 'Play Your Way!' youth fitness initiative centers on ESPN's commitment to help our young fans embrace winning lifestyles-a key priority of our Team ESPN outreach program," said George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports. "With this program, we plan to demonstrate the importance of promoting physical activity among youth."

Elements of "Play Your Way!" will include a Web site, local sports equipment drives at ESPN Zones, parent and youth resource guides, and playground and field improvement projects. Team ESPN plans on developing several programs in local markets to give kids the opportunity to make up games by providing fun materials for them to play with. For more information about ESPN's "Play Your Way!" initiative and Team ESPN, contact Alison Lazar at alison.lazar@espn.com.

 Thank You 2003 Corporate Members!
For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member in 2004, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202/775-1083. For membership details, go to http://www.magnetmail.net/Actions/linktosite.cfm?message_id=16775&user_id=CTPPA&recipient_id=5484063&site=http://www.ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml.

2003 Golden Benefactors

A&E Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
NBC Cable Networks
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

2003 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
MTV Networks
The Weather Channel

2003 Friends & Associates

Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Comedy Central
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Game Show Network
Hallmark Channel
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
International Channel
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Terayon Communication Systems