July 25, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards
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Beacon Awards® and FORUM Photos Posted On-Line
Photos from FORUM 2014 and the Beacon Awards® may be found at www.cablecommunicators.org on the FORUM page of the ACC website. All photos are posted by day in chronological order for all three days of the conference.
To order hard copies of these photographs, please contact the photographer, Arnold Adler, at (718) 601-4327 or email@example.com. If you would like a high-resolution, electronic copy of any of these photos, please contact Steve Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202- 222-2373. To have a photo emailed to you, please provide the event the picture is from and the image number. The photo will then be forwarded to you via email.
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Fragile Kids Foundation Receives $125K Grant from Cox
The Cox Foundation awarded a $125,000 grant to the Fragile Kids Foundation (FKF) to support the expansion of the organization's statewide medical loaned equipment program. The funds will allow the FKF to purchase 70 additional pieces of therapeutic and rehabilitative equipment, expanding its equipment inventory available for loan by 25 percent. This equipment is generally not covered by state medical programs or private insurance, making grants like this crucial to providing essential medical care to Georgia's medically fragile children.
Established in 1988, the Fragile Kids Foundation provides rehabilitative and medical equipment not covered by insurance or government programs for medically fragile children. The organization serves children from birth to age 21 with critically needed equipment, transportation support, and therapy tools that cannot be secured by other means. Fragile Kids strives to create safer, healthier lives for children living with a wide range of diagnoses, including: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Mitochondrial Disorder, Retts Syndrome, Angelmans and other genetic/traumatic injuries.
"This generous gift from the James M. Cox Foundation will allow us to fulfill the needs of every child on our waiting list," said Carolyn Polakowski, executive director of Fragile Kids. "We are thrilled to be able to provide 70 children in Georgia with the equipment they so desperately need for therapy and rehabilitation within the next few months." After eighteen months, most children outgrow the equipment or meet their rehabilitative goals and are ready to share with another child, meaning this one-time gift from the Cox Foundation will benefit hundreds of children for many years to come.
"One of the things that motivates us here at Cox is being involved in our communities," said Alex Taylor, Cox Enterprises' executive vice president and great grandson of company founder James M. Cox. "I can't think of a better way to do that than by helping these kids get the equipment and help they need to live a better life. Fragile Kids is a wonderful organization and we're glad to partner with them." For additional information contact Mallard Holliday at Mallard.Holliday@cox.com or 404-843-5981.
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Time Warner Employees Fight Hunger
As part of Time Warner’s Impact initiative, the company again partnered in July with the international hunger relief agency Stop Hunger Now. Employees participated in the Meal Packaging Program, which distributes meals for underprivileged children and families in countries all over the world.
In two hours Time Warner employees were able to sort, seal and package more than 10,000 meals consisting of a vitamin pack, dehydrated vegetables, soy and rice. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute meals to people in need across 65 countries. For additional information contact Summer Wilkie at Summer.Wilkie@timewarner.com or 212-484-8000.
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Easter Seals and Comcast Announce $25,000 Grant Winners
Easter Seals, in partnership with the Comcast Foundation, this week announced that Easter Seals programs in six locations nationwide will receive $25,000 each as the 2014-2015 recipients of the Comcast Assistive Technology Grant Fund. Established in 2012, the fund empowers individuals living with disabilities by providing expanded assistive technology training and services. Individuals benefitting from these grants include children and adults living with developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as veterans. To date, the fund has helped an estimated 25,000 Americans.
The grant awards expand successful models of assistive technology throughout the country. Five Easter Seals affiliates, as well as Easter Seals Headquarters, were selected by Comcast through a competitive grant process. The chosen affiliates excel in programs that guide consumers on assessment, training and on-going support. Services are designed to meet an individual’s assistive technology needs throughout his or her lifespan.
"Assistive technologies can greatly improve the lives of people with disabilities by helping them to overcome barriers at home, work, school, and in their community," said Charisse R. Lillie, vice president of community Investment at Comcast Corporation and president of the Comcast Foundation. "We are proud to continue our support of Easter Seals through these grants and make a positive impact, one person at a time."
The Easter Seals affiliates selected to receive the funds and their plans for the grants are Easter Seals Florida (iPads for communication and learning needs); Easter Seals Massachusetts (expansion of augmentative and alternative communication training); Easter Seals Washington (assistive technology at child development centers); Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore (heighten awareness and access for assistive technology services); Easter Seals Arkansas (iPads as an assistive technology device for students with disabilities); and Easter Seals Headquarters, Chicago (develop and test an advanced technology program to deliver services for older adults with disabilities).
For more than 90 years, Easter Seals has been offering help, hope, and answers to children and adults living with disabilities, and to their families. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. For additional information on the Comcast Foundation grants, contact Charisse R. Lillie at email@example.com or 215-286-7370.
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ESPN & History Co-Branded Promo is V Foundation Fund Raiser
ESPN and History collaborated on co-branded spots featuring SportsCenter talent Scott Van Pelt and Kenny Mayne along with Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from History’s, American Pickers®. The spots aired on both networks, July 14, to highlight the new, recently launched SportsCenter set and the new season of American Pickers premiering July 30.
In the humorous spots, Mike and Frank find the pick of a lifetime, the SportsCenter news desk that hosted more than 32,000 shows. Once the pickers get the set from Van Pelt and load it into their van, they drive off only to find a surprise hidden inside the desk.
ESPN’s SportsCenter show is moving to new sets in Bristol, Conn. The old SportsCenter “American-Pickers-picked” news desk was auctioned during the ESPYS with all proceeds benefitting the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. This was a unique chance for the ultimate sports fan to own a piece of history and to help a very worthy cause, by raising $26,100 for the V Foundation. For additional information, contact Amy Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-456-0226.
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Atlanta FORUM Sessions Available On Demand
All Atlanta FORUM sessions, including keynotes and panels, are now available in the members-only area of the ACC Web site. If you were unable to attend FORUM 2014 or were at the conference but missed part of the day, you may now listen to an audio recording of every session on demand.
To access the recordings, login using your ACC user name and password and go to the Online Education Portal. From there, click on the link, “FORUM 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009 Sessions.” This will direct you to the ACC Online Education Portal, just below the FORUM 2014 logo, click on the link, FORUM 2014 Podcasts. This link will open to a page where you can access every recorded session from the 2014 conference. Additionally, you may also sample any recorded session from the past five FORUM meetings as well. A total of 43 recorded sessions are available, indexed by each conference, just look for the specific conference logo.
If you experience any trouble with your login or accessing a specific session, contact Steve Jones at email@example.com or 202-222-2373.
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Discovery Supports White House Initiative: My Brother’s Keeper
Discovery Communications this week announced a comprehensive program to support the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a White House program that seeks to improve the expected life outcomes of boys and men of color, while simultaneously altering public perception of them, through public-private partnerships.
Discovery has committed to produce and air a TV special and host town hall meetings, led by Discovery Education. Discovery Communications plans to invest more than $1 million to develop the special and host the town hall meetings, where the special will be screened. Additionally, David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications, has been named to My Brother’s Keeper’s National Convening Council, created to draw attention to and support the multi-sector work of the initiative, help facilitate communications and coordinate public-private partnerships.
“Discovery Communications is committed to equality in America and enhancing the opportunities of young men of color,” said Zaslav. “We are proud to be part of President Obama’s powerful initiative, and I am personally honored to serve on the My Brother’s Keeper National Convening Council to help change the narrative on this important issue and drive real results for our nation’s most deserving young men.”
The company will leverage the production expertise of the Discovery Channel to create a special programming event in support of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The special will chronicle specific youth stories and the interventions that made a difference as an illustration of ways to impact the future of boys and men of color while explaining My Brother’s Keeper six points of intervention: 1) entering school ready to learn, 2) reading at grade level by third grade, 3) graduating from high school ready for college and career, 4) completing postsecondary education or training, 5) successfully entering the workforce, and 6) reducing violence and providing a second chance.
The one-hour program will be simulcast on Father’s Day 2015 on Discovery Channel and other U.S. networks, including OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as Discovery’s online properties. The program also will be made available to educators.
To build awareness and drive discussion of this important issue on a local level, Discovery Education, in coordination with the launch of the special, will host town halls and screenings of the TV special in partnership with minority non-profits to discuss My Brother’s Keeper stories of intervention and ways that communities can get involved. For additional information, contact Catherine Frymark at Catherine_Frymark@discovery.com or 240-662-2934.
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Thank You Corporate Members!
For information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2014 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.
AMC Networks Inc.
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Friends & Associates
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
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