WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 29th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at the Hilton New York.  The dinner – conveying the theme “Diversity is More Than a Word” – will be a key part of cable’s Diversity Week during the week of September 10, 2012.

Matt Blank, Chairman & CEO of Showtime Networks, and Steve Miron, CEO of Bright House Networks, will co-chair the dinner.  Other industry executives joining them on the Dinner Committee include: John D. Evans, Chairman & CEO, Evans Telecommunications Company; Randy Falco, President & CEO, Univision Communications; David Haslingden, President & COO, Fox Networks Group; Alfred Liggins, III, CEO & President, Radio-One; and Pat McAdaragh, President & CEO, Midcontinent Communications.

“Diversity is in Showtime’s DNA, reflected in our programming and our workforce.  I’m proud to be a part of this annual dinner where diversity is celebrated throughout cable,” said Blank.

“For so many years, the Kaitz dinner has been a critical way to maintain focus on this important issue.  It is wonderful we can join together, and salute the different backgrounds and cultures that make our industry great,” noted Miron.

The annual Walter Kaitz Foundation 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 programs and initiatives 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).

Sponsors for this year’s dinner include Comcast/NBCU as the Presenting Sponsor, and Time Warner Cable as Dinner Host Sponsor.

In the coming weeks, the Foundation will also name the Diversity Champion and Diversity Advocate to be honored at the dinner. 

Ticket sales for the dinner are now under way.  For information on sponsorship opportunities or for other questions about the dinner, contact the Walter Kaitz Foundation, at (202) 222-2490, or email Michelle Ray, Senior Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the Walter Kaitz Foundation, at mray@walterkaitz.org.  Full information about the dinner can be found at www.walterkaitz.org.

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