Turner, Insight Execs To Co-Chair Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraiser


Phillip Kent, chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, and Michael Willner, vice chairman and CEO of Insight Communications, will co-chair the 25th Anniversary Walter Kaitz Foundation fundraising dinner Wednesday, September 17 in New York City.

The annual Walter Kaitz Dinner is the cable industry's most prestigious fundraising event for diversity. Each year the dinner typically raises more than $1 million to fund diversity-oriented projects and programs for three industry-based diversity organizations: the Emma L. Bowen Foundation; the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC); and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).

Kent and Willner will be joined by other industry executives on the fundraising committee including: Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation; Johnathan Rodgers, president and CEO of TV One; Robert J. Stanzione, chairman and CEO of ARRIS; Amy Tykeson, president and CEO of BendBroadband; and Andrea Wong, president and CEO of Lifetime.

“Hailing from companies that are strong advocates for diversity, Phil and Michael will provide visionary leadership in preparing for our 25th annual dinner,” David Porter, executive director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, said in a statement. “This year's dinner is a special celebration, and I appreciate the entire dinner committee volunteering their time to reach out to the industry and make this the best dinner ever for the foundation.”

Comcast, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting Systems will serve as Platinum Sponsors of the dinner. 

In the coming weeks, the Foundation will also name the Diversity Champions and Diversity Advocates to be honored at the dinner. Ticket sales for the dinner will also begin this summer.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, or for other questions about the dinner, contact the Walter Kaitz Foundation, at (202) 222-2490, or e-mail Michelle Ray, program director for the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Full information about the dinner can be found at www.walterkaitz.org.