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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launches Bravo On With The Show: On Broadway…See Who You Can Be
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
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 email@example.com or
Erica Conaty of NBC Networks at 201/346-2314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You 2003 Corporate Members!
For information on how your organization can join CTPAA
as a corporate member in 2004, please contact Steve Jones at email@example.com 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.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System,
ABC Cable Networks Group
2003 Friends &
Telecommunications Association of New York
Game Show Network
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications
Texas Cable &