Washington, DC – The 30th anniversary Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner last evening raised more than $1.7 million for programs fostering diversity in the cable industry.  More than 1,000 industry executives attended the dinner hosted by actor and entertainer, Mario Lopez, who appeared courtesy of NUVOtv.

Entertaining dinner attendees were Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-award winning singer Jennifer Hudson, courtesy of BET Networks and Viacom, and silhouette and shadow dancers, Le Ombre. An After Party featured performances by Chaka Khan, Chante Moore and KeKe Wyatt, sponsored by TV One.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was presented with the Diversity Advocate Award, an honor given to an organization outside of the cable industry that has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity. LULAC's mission is the advancement of the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) was honored with The Diversity Champion Award, an award given annually to individuals or organizations that act as catalysts for diversity within their respective organizations or throughout the industry.  SPE’s diverse content across all genres and platforms is consumed by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Inside the company, SPE’s Spectrum program seeks to applaud individual talent, celebrate differences and value contributions from a diverse workforce.

Monies 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.