WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2011 Walter Kaitz Foundation Annual Fundraising Dinner generated nearly $1.6 million for programs fostering diversity in the cable industry.  Over 1,000 industry executives attended last night’s dinner at the Hilton New York. 

Rey Ramsey, Co-founder, Chairman and former CEO of One Economy, was presented with the Diversity Advocate Award, an honor given to an individual outside of the cable industry whom has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity.  Time Warner Cable was honored with The Diversity Champion Award, an award annually given to individuals or organizations that act as catalysts for diversity within their respective organizations, or throughout the industry.  The dinner’s co-chairs, George Bodenheimer, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks and President, ESPN, Inc. & ABC Sports, and Pat Esser, President, Cox Communications, Inc., presented the honorees their awards.

“This annual dinner continues to be the highlight of the industry’s Diversity Week activities, a time that celebrates the goal of advancing an inclusive environment for women and people of color in our industry,” said David Porter, Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation.  “We are grateful to our sponsors, contributors and everyone who was able to join us in New York for a celebratory evening of support of the Foundation and its philanthropic efforts.”

Funds raised from the dinner help fund the activities of the Walter Kaitz Foundation’s diversity efforts, along with the programs and activities of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).  The initiatives of these organizations focus on leadership and professional development, career coaching, skills training, mentoring, and internships.

Further information about the event and information about the activities of the organization can be found on the Walter Kaitz Foundation’s website, www.walterkaitz.org.