FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2005
CTPAA Announces ESPN Good Sports
Time Warner Cable of Maine and the Atlanta Chapter of Cable Positive to Receive Honors
and Joel A. Berger Award Winners
Washington, D.C. - The Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) today announced the winner of the 2005 ESPN Good Sports Award and Joel A. Berger Award. Time Warner Cable of Maine's Top Pop, Maine's Best Dad Contest will receive the ESPN Good Sports award, given annually to a project that generates outstanding community involvement through education and athletics. The Atlanta Chapter of Cable Positive's Positively Aiding the Fight Against AIDS will receive the Joel A. Berger Award. Named after former publisher of Cablevision Magazine Joel Berger, this award is presented to a cable industry public affairs campaign that achieves exceptional results in the area of AIDS awareness.
Time Warner Cable of Maine's Top Pop contest invited students in grades 4-12 to submit an essay describing their Dad and why he should be named one of Maine's Top Pops. Twenty-five Dads were selected by a panel of judges and honored at a luncheon followed by a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game last June. The first 200 essay entries also received two tickets to attend the game. One "Top" student essay from each grade level - elementary, middle and high school - was chosen and the students won a HD television and one year of Digital/HD programming for their Dad. The teachers of these three students received a new computer for their classrooms. The event helped Time Warner Cable of Maine foster positive relationships with teachers, families, local municipalities, and sponsors, and demonstrate that cable is a valuable community partner.
The Atlanta Chapter of Cable Positive, the cable and telecommunications industry's AIDS action organization, exists to encourage industry professionals in the Atlanta area to get involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the communities where they live and work. The chapter launched in 2003 and has had a very successful start. In the past year, it has raised more than $43,800 to fund HIV/AIDS support and education programs of Cable Positive and AID Atlanta, the Southeast's largest AIDS action organization. The chapter has held fundraising events including Gutter Ball 2004: Strike for a Cause and the Positively Art auction, with proceeds going to Cable Positive and AID Atlanta. Volunteers helped out at the annual AIDS Walk Atlanta, and the chapter joined with Atlanta chapters of CTAM, NAMIC and WICT for a joint holiday party fundraiser. Cable Positive's Atlanta chapter has marshaled the resources of the cable industry and gained the active support and sponsorship of 30 cable-related companies. Participation in the chapter has increased by more than 50 percent since November 2003, as the organization becomes well-known in the Atlanta area by supporting critical AIDS education and service programs in the city and nationally.
CTPAA will honor the 2005 ESPN Good Sports Award and Joel A. Berger Award winners during the Beacon Awards Gala, set for Tuesday, May 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. The Beacon Awards Gala is one of the highlights of CTPAA's FORUM 2005: "Expanding Cable's Connections." FORUM is the cable industry's annual educational event dedicated to the issues facing public affairs professionals.
CTPAA is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry's public affairs professionals. Its mission is to develop and promote public affairs excellence to help achieve industry, corporate and social goals. A strong advocate of the public affairs professional's participation in all aspects of corporate decision-making processes, CTPAA works to enhance each member's status and influence through skill building and professional development. For more information on CTPAA, FORUM 2005 and the 2005 Beacon Awards, see www.ctpaa.org.