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Nominate a Partner for the ACC Community Bridges Award
The cable industry is committed to improving the communities in which it serves, and partner organizations or individuals are often instrumental to the success of cable's efforts. In 2004, ACC created the Community Bridges Award to recognize outstanding, non-cable industry partner organizations and individuals taking part in cable communications and public affairs initiatives. What partnering organization or individual has helped you the most this past year? Consider nominating a non-industry partner or individual for the 2008 ACC Community Bridges Award.
The nomination process is very simple. All ACC needs to know to consider your non-industry partner is: Who are you nominating? How do you work with this individual or organization? Why should this nominee win the award?
Email your answers to these three questions to Michelle Butler at email@example.com or complete the ACC Community Bridges Award nomination form and send it to ACC by Monday, January 7, 2008, to ensure that your nominee is considered. Winners will be honored during FORUM 2008, March 30 – April 2 in Washington, DC.
Past winners of the ACC Community Bridges Award include the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in 2007, The Partnership for a Drug Free America in 2006 and Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2005. For more information, see the Policies and Procedures for this award online or contact Michelle Butler at 202-222-2372.
Comcast and Maryland Department of Education Announce Parent Award
Comcast and the Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick have announced a call for nominations for Maryland's first ever Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award. The award, a joint partnership of Comcast and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), recognizes parents and others with legal responsibility for a child that have made contributions to public education in Maryland. The purpose of the award is to highlight the positive impact parents have on public schools and to encourage them to get involved.
Candidates may be nominated in five areas of parent involvement: communication, volunteering, learning, decision making and community collaboration. There will be 24 local award winners—one from each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City— and one state-level award winner. Comcast will host an award celebration in April 2008.
NCTA Reveals Plans for New Orleans Community Service Initiative
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has unveiled the details of a comprehensive community service initiative that will assist the New Orleans region in its long-term recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The initiative serves as an effort to show appreciation for the host city of The Cable Show '08, NCTA's 57th annual convention and international exposition that will be held May 18-20 in New Orleans.
Under the umbrella of the "CableCares" community service program, and with the assistance of the City of New Orleans, Cox New Orleans, and local organizations helping in the rebuilding efforts, NCTA has identified several projects that will be the focus of the initiative. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help organize, clean, paint, and spruce up school grounds, as well as rebuild playgrounds and libraries. Several fundraising events have been organized to benefit New Orleans' schools, libraries and shelters, as well as Habitat for Humanity and other groups helping New Orleans rebuild. Events planned include a "Battle of the Bands" concert, a bicycle tour and rally and the Sportsman Channel's "Hunt.Fish.Feed" initiative.
At least $12 million in donated advertising time has been collectively committed to the New Orleans Tourism Initiative by Cox Communications and ten other cable operators (Bresnan Communications, Bright House Networks, Cable ONE, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast, Insight Communications, Mediacomm, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable) as well as Adlink. It is estimated this will yield more than $1.3 billion in visitor spending and help New Orleans rebound from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina.
For more information about New Orleans CableCares volunteer opportunities and
The Cable Show '08,
contact NCTA's industry affairs department at 202-222-2430.
Cable Positive and Showtime Present Positive Voices: Women and HIV
In conjunction with World AIDS Day, Cable Positive and Showtime have teamed up to present the third installment of the Positive Voices documentary series. Positive Voices: Women and HIV, hosted by actress and activist Gloria Reuben, explores the lives of six women who have been affected by HIV and AIDS. The program airs Friday, November 30 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.
Cable Positive is a national, non-profit organization founded February 1992 with the mission of organizing cable's resources in the fight against AIDS. World AIDS Day, recognized on December 1, was designed to strengthen global efforts in the fight against HIV and AIDS. For more information on
contact Thomas Henning at 212-459-1606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FORUM 2008: Register by the End of the Year and Save $50
The Super Saver registration deadline for FORUM 2008 is fast approaching! In order to receive the $50 discount, registration forms must be received by December 31. After this date and until March 14, 2008, the registration fee for FORUM will be $700. Beginning on March 15, 2008, the registration fee is $800.
The theme of FORUM 2008 is "ACCess the Power: Connect. Communicate. Transform." The conference will be held March 30-April 2, 2008, at The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For information, registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit http://www.cablecommunicators.org/forum. If you have any questions regarding registration for FORUM 2008, please call 202-222-2370 or email email@example.com.
ESPN Launches Jimmy V Week
ESPN and the V Foundation have launched Jimmy V Week, a new initiative in honor of legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and former ESPN commentator Jim Valvano. The initiative, which debuted on Wednesday, November 28 and runs through Friday, December 4, reaches across multiple ESPN platforms and programs and features special content to help raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Jimmy V Week has been incorporated into multiple studio programs and game event telecasts, including men's and women's college basketball, college football, NBA, PBA and more. The initiative includes elements driving awareness for cancer research through "Don't Ever Give Up" moments and testimonials during various programming, content on ESPN.com and ESPN360.com, vignettes and specific Jimmy V Week on-air graphics.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and Valvano, who died of cancer in April of 1993. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $70 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
VH1 and Comcast Donate $60,000 to Music Programs at Connecticut Public Schools
The VH1 Save the Music Foundation, in partnership with Comcast, celebrated its 10th anniversary by donating $60,000 worth of musical instruments to help restore the music programs in two New Haven, Connecticut, Public Schools. A celebration event was held on Friday, November 16 at John C. Daniels Middle School with a short performance by some of the school's young musicians. In addition to representatives from VH1 and Comcast, school and community leaders came out to the event to show their support. Government officials such as Connecticut State Senator and Children Committee Chair Toni Harp and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano's Deputy Chief of Staff Che' Dawon were also in attendance.
The VH1 Save the Music Foundation, in partnership with Comcast, has donated over $160,000 worth of new musical instruments to restore music programs in six New Haven public schools. Since 1997, the Foundation has given $40 million worth of new musical instruments to 1,500 public schools in 100 cities nationwide, reaching more than one million children. For more information on the New Haven event and partnership, please contact Kristen Roberts at 860-505-2075 or Kristen_Roberts@cable.comcast.com.
Nominate a Colleague for the Cable Communications Achievement Award
Help ACC as we honor the best cable communicators in the industry by nominating a colleague for the Cable Communications Achievement Award! Formerly the Public Affairs Achievement Award, the Cable Communications Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cable communications field. Up to four individuals will be recognized for their role in the cable industry, with one of the four individuals receiving recognition as a "rising star."
Nomination forms are currently available on the ACC Web site and will be accepted until January 4, 2008. Eligibility requirements are as follows:
· Current member of ACC
"Rising star" nominees must have worked in cable a maximum of two years with no minimum membership requirement in ACC. Finally, nominees must be employed by a MSO, local system, cable network, industry supplier or industry nonprofit organization. For a complete list of policies and procedures, or to nominate a colleague, visit www.cablecommunicators.org/awards_ccaa.php.
Cablevision Sponsors Holiday Concert to Benefit Lustgarten Foundation
On Thursday, December 6, Cablevision, Madison Square Garden and Rainbow Media will again team up with The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research to present the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash 7. The Bash started in 2001 in an effort to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Foundation's fight against pancreatic cancer.
The event will take place at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill located in New York City's Times Square starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening's entertainment lineup features the music of JD & The Straight Shot, led by Cablevision President and CEO Jim Dolan, as well as a special appearance by the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. All proceeds from this special event will benefit The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Named after Cablevision's late vice chairman, Marc Lustgarten, the foundation is dedicated to advancing scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. For reservations or more information on The Lustgarten Foundation's efforts, please call (516) 803-2304 or visit www.lustgartenfoundation.org.
Judge the 2008 Beacon Awards!
Get connected to ACC and your colleagues by judging the 2008 Beacon Awards®! Each year, ACC invites its members to serve as judges for the Beacon Awards, the cable industry's highest honor for communications and public affairs excellence. As a Beacon Award judge, you will learn what your cable communications peers across the country are accomplishing and will walk away from the experience with hundreds of new ideas and connections.
The first round of Beacon Award judging will be all day January 16 and 17 in Washington, DC, with a welcome reception hosted by NCTA on the evening of January 15. To RSVP to serve as a Beacon Award judge, please fill out the judging form and fax it to Michelle Butler at 202-222-2371.
Thank You, Corporate Members!
Join and support ACC by becoming a corporate member. Join now and receive benefits immediately from your join date through December 2008. For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org/cmember.php.
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