FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2007
ACC Members Raise & Donate Over $9,000 to Bowen Foundation
Washington, DC – Today the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) made a formal presentation of a check for $9,070 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 marks the ninth straight year ACC donated the proceeds from the its Welcome Reception & Silent Auction, the opening event for FORUM, to the Bowen Foundation.
Donation Total Tops More Than $102,000
Since 1999, ACC members have raised and contributed $102,985 to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation through the proceeds from the Silent Auction. The Foundation will use this donation to help underwrite its annual June Student Congress held in New York City the past three years.
“It’s a great feeling that this year ACC members topped the $100,000 milestone in contributions to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media,” said ACC executive director Steven R. Jones. “This organization does a terrific job of nurturing, mentoring and encouraging high school and college students to explore opportunities in the media. That in turn helps all of our industry employers by broadening the diversity of the workforce, bringing new ideas, different points of view and innovations to their companies.”
Industry associations, operators, programmers, and others donated 55 items for the 2007 auction. A sampling of items for the auction included a Cannon DVD Camcorder donated by Arbitron, Inc., a Sony LCD TV with built in DVD/CD player donated by GSN. The Network for Games, an iPOD with Bose SoundDock digital music system donated by Time Warner Cable and an XBOX 360 donated by Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company.
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.
Approximately 200 students are currently in the program and approximately 185 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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The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry’s communications and public affairs professionals. Formerly known as the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA), its mission is to develop and promote cable communications excellence through professional development to help achieve industry and corporate goals. ACC works to enhance each member’s status and influence through skill building and professional development. For more information on ACC, go to www.cablecommunicators.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