The Cable Television Public Affairs Association will bestow the “2005 ESPN Good Sports Award” to Time Warner Cable of Maine next month, while the Atlanta chapter of Cable Positive will receive the “Joel A. Berger Award.”
Time Warner Cable of Maine's “Top Pop, Maine's Best Dad Contest” will receive the ESPN Good Sports award, given annually to a project that generates outstanding community involvement through education and athletics.
For its part, the Atlanta chapter of Cable Positive’s “Positively Aiding the Fight Against AIDS” will be honored with the Joel A. Berger Award, which is named after the late publisher of Multichannel News and Cablevision magazine and presented to a cable-industry public-affairs campaign that achieves exceptional results in the area of AIDS awareness.
The CTPAA will honor the winners during the Beacon Awards Gala May 3 at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.
Time Warner Cable of Maine's Top Pop contest invited students in grades 4-12 to submit an essay describing their dad and why he should be named one of Maine’s top pops. A total of 25 dads were selected by a panel of judges and honored at a luncheon, followed by a Portland Sea Dogs minor-league baseball game, last June.
The first 200 essay entries also received two tickets to attend the game. One top student essay from each grade level -- elementary, middle and high school -- was chosen, and the students won an HDTV set and one year of digital/HD programming for their father. The teachers of these three students received a new computer for their classrooms.
The Atlanta chapter of Cable Positive, which launched in 2003, has raised more than $43,800 to fund HIV/AIDS support and education programs of Cable Positive and AID Atlanta, the Southeast’s largest AIDS-action organization.
The chapter has held fund-raising events -- including “Gutter Ball 2004: Strike for a Cause” and the “Positively Art” auction -- with proceeds going to Cable Positive and AID Atlanta.
The chapter -- which has seen participation increase by 50% since November 2003 -- has also marshaled the resources of the cable industry and gained the active support and sponsorship of 30 cable-related companies.