FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2005
CTPAA Donates Over $13,000 to Emma L. Bowen Foundation
Washington, DC - Today the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) will present a check for $13,221 to the board of directors of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media during its summer meeting in New York City. This is the seventh consecutive year CTPAA has donated the proceeds from the association's silent auction, the opening event for FORUM 2005 held in Washington, DC., to the Bowen Foundation.
Over the past seven years, CTPAA members have raised and contributed more than $85,000 to the Bowen Foundation through the silent auction. The Bowen Foundation will use the donation to underwrite its nearly week long, annual Student Congress held in New York City during June.
"CTPAA strongly supports and endorses the mission of the Bowen Foundation to increase access to permanent job opportunities for minority students. The broad diversity within this country should be reflected by diversity and related employment opportunities within the cable industry," said CTPAA executive director Steve Jones. "Bowen Foundation 'graduates' are now moving into leadership roles at companies such as HBO, C-SPAN, Nickelodeon, CNN, MTV as well as other non-cable media outlets and CTPAA is proud to have played a small part in that through its donations of over $85,000 to the Foundation."
Individuals, operators, programmers, and others donated approximately 60 items for the auction. A sampling of items for auction included a silver iPod Mini donated by Insight Communications, a Walk-On Role in a Hallmark Channel Movie donated by Hallmark Channel, an Orrefors crystal bowl and Jaffa crystal pitcher donated by Bresnan Communications and a Golf Package at Crystal Springs Resort donated by Bloomberg Television.
An important component of FORUM, the silent auction and welcoming reception have been an outstanding opportunity for members to support worthy causes over the years. Mike Smith, a former member of the CTPAA board of directors and currently director, government & public affairs, Tri-State System, Comcast; served as the auctioneer for the "live" auction items during the luncheon program on Tuesday, May 3, 2005.
The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was established in 1989 by the media industry as a diversity initiative to increase the talent pool of qualified minority candidates for entry and mid-level career opportunities. Unlike traditional intern programs, the Emma L. Bowen Foundation and its corporate partners offer a five-year work/study program for minority students with proven scholastic achievement to work for partner companies during summers from students' junior year in high school until they graduate from college. Students are carefully screened based on academic records and recommendations from the faculty and advisors.
More than 175 students are currently in the program and approximately 150 have graduated from college. Many graduates are now pursuing their careers in media companies in production, sales and marketing, operations and engineering. The Emma L. Bowen Foundation also maintains a talent bank of minority business professionals for its partner companies.
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, go to www.ctpaa.org.