FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2006
CTPAA Donates Nearly $8,000 to Emma L. Bowen Foundation
More Than $93,000 in Total Donations
Washington, DC Today the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) will present a check for $7,879 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 eighth consecutive year CTPAA has donated the proceeds from the association’s silent auction, the opening event for FORUM, to the Bowen Foundation.
Over the past eight years, CTPAA members have raised and contributed more than $93,000 to the Bowen Foundation through the silent auction. The Bowen Foundation will use the donation to help underwrite its annual June Student Congress held in New York City.
“CTPAA continues to strongly support the mission of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media to increase access to permanent job opportunities for minority students in this industry,” said CTPAA executive director Steve Jones. “The broad diversity of individuals who make up this country’s social fabric should be equally reflected by employment within the cable industry.”
CTPAA is proud to have played a small part in helping Bowen Foundation graduates move into employment opportunities in the media by donating over $93,000 to further these efforts. Individuals, operators, programmers, and others donated over 50 items for the 2006 auction. A sampling of items for the auction included a Samsung 30-inch HDTV donated by Disney & ESPN Media Networks, a wine companion gift set donated by Insight Communications, a RAZR cell phone donated by Motorola and an executive gift package donated by Bright House Networks.
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 the students’ junior year in high school until they graduate from college. Students are carefully screened based on academic records and recommendations from their faculty and advisors.
More than 175 students are currently in the program and approximately 170 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.
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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.
For further information about the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media and its work/study program, please contact: Phylis A. Eagle-Oldson, President and CEO, 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. - 11th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20004, 202-637-4494, fax 202-637-4495, firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.emmabowenfoundation.com.