Cable Show 2010: Flannery Benefit Hit Jackpot


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Los Angeles - The casino night benefit for the young daughters of former Fox Cable executive Will Flannery was a huge success, tallying an expected net of $180,000, according to Mike Hopkins, president, affiliate sales & marketing at Fox Networks.
"We're still tallying it up," Hopkins said Wednesday afternoon. "Literally, I've been walking the show floor and people have been handing me checks who were at the event."
"It's amazing," he said. "The whole industry came together and it was fantastic. We had more than 30 corporate sponsors and about 400 people came."
Flannery, who was 38 -years-old when he died suddenly last September, was an avid card player, so Hopkins, DirecTV executive vice president of entertainment Eric Shanks and other friends and colleagues decided a "casino night" with prizes donated by sponsors would be a fitting way to honor him and raise college funds for his 5- and 7-year-old daughters.
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association donated the venue, a ballroom at the JW Marriott Hotel, and some 40 raffle prizes also were donated, including a trip to the Galapagos Islands (courtesy National Geographic Channel, part of the Fox Cable family).
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