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June 19, 2008
Contact:  Steve Jones
(202) 222-2373
sjones@cablecommunicators.org

ACC Members Raise $10,000 to Donate to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation

10-Year Total Tops More Than $110,000

Washington, DC –– Today the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) will make a formal presentation of $10,000 to the board of directors of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media during its conference in New York City.  This marks the tenth straight year ACC has donated the proceeds from its Welcome Reception & Silent Auction, held during the annual educational conference FORUM, to the Bowen Foundation.

Since 1999, ACC members have raised and contributed $112,985 to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation through the proceeds from the Silent Auction.  The Foundation will use this donation to help underwrite its annual Summer Conference 2008 held in New York City the past four years.

"The Bowen Foundation does an incredible job of nurturing, mentoring, molding and encouraging high school and college students to explore professional opportunities in the media.  That in turn helps all of our industry employers by broadening their workforce diversity, producing new ideas, offering new viewpoints, and ultimately adding innovation to their companies' products and services," said Steve Jones, executive director, ACC.

Industry associations, operators, programmers, and others donated 35 items for the 2008 auction. A sampling of items for the auction included a "Big City Trip" with airfare for two and three nights in a "superior" hotel to any city in the USA, donated by ION Media Networks, a gift package including DVDs of all six seasons of the Sopranos, donated by HBO, a 16GB iPod Touch donated by Cisco Systems, Inc. and a Sony DCR-TRV280 digital 8 Handycam camcorder, donated by Midcontinent Communications.

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.  Differing from 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 260 students are currently in the program and approximately 260 have graduated from college.  Many graduates are now pursuing their careers in media companies in production, sales and marketing, operations, engineering and on-air.  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 http://www.cablecommunicators.org./

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