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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2005
Contact:  Michelle Butler
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CTPAA Honors Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Organization to Receive Inaugural CTPAA Community Bridges Award

Washington, D.C., April 22, 2005 - The Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) today announced that Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the inaugural winner of the CTPAA Community Bridges Award. The association created the CTPAA Community Bridges Award in 2004 to recognize outstanding, non-cable industry partner organizations and individuals that take part in cable public affairs initiatives and are often instrumental to the success of those initiatives. Roxanne Spillet, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will accept the award on behalf of the organization.

"Both the cable industry and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are committed to improving the communities in which they serve," said CTPAA president Peter Kiley, vice president of affiliate relations for C-SPAN Networks. "In the past year, they have worked together to provide safe places for children to learn and to play, educate students on internet safety and media literacy, and help disadvantaged youth reach their full potential."

"We are truly honored to win the inaugural CTPAA Community Bridges Award," said Spillett. "The awareness and support generated by cable companies in hundreds of markets across the country is invaluable to our local Clubs, especially the participation of their employees who serve as positive role models and provide much needed technical assistance."

Across the country, the cable industry has partnered with local Boys & Girls Clubs to help them achieve their mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Cable companies have shown public service announcements that promoted the activities of Clubs, established technology centers and donated other in-kind services as well as cash grants to Clubs locally and nationally. At the local level, cable employees have provided workshops on Internet safety and media literacy, painted and renovated Clubs, mentored disadvantaged children, and provided them with basic necessities for school such as school supplies, clothing and shoes.

CTPAA will honor Boys & Girls Clubs of America 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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of some 3,400 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving more than four million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances. Known as "The Positive Place for Kids," the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation.

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