NUVOtv's Mario Lopez to Host the Foundation's 30th Annual Dinner & Celebration

WASHINGTON, DC – Sony Pictures Entertainment and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will be honored at the 30th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

To commemorate the thirty-year milestone, the event will celebrate individuals and organizations whose lives and personal stories have been touched by the foundation's work over the years. Hosting the festivities will be NUVOtv's Mario Lopez, host of the NUVOtv interview series Mario Lopez: One on One, as well as the X Factor on FOX and the nationally syndicated daily show EXTRA.

Philippe Dauman, President & CEO Viacom, Inc., and Neil Smit, President & CEO, Comcast Cable, Comcast Corporation, are the dinner co-chairs. Other industry executives joining them on the Dinner Committee include: Glenn Britt, Chairman & CEO, Time Warner Cable; Alfred Liggins, III, CEO & President, Radio One and TV One; Abbe Raven, Chairman A + E Networks; Thomas M. Rutledge, President & CEO, Charter Communications; and Robert Stanzione, Chairman & CEO, ARRIS.

Diversity Champion: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) will receive the 2013 Diversity Champion Award, an award given to individuals or organizations that act as catalysts for diversity within their respective organizations or throughout the cable industry. These organizations or individuals motivate the cable industry to embrace and value diversity by serving as role models, inspiring and encouraging excellence, removing barriers that hinder progress, and empowering others with opportunities.

With a vast array of content across all genres and platforms consumed by hundreds of millions of people around the world, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Sony Pictures' business. The company's Spectrum program seeks to applaud individual talent, celebrate differences and value contributions from a diverse workforce.

Spectrum is an award-winning program, having received a score of 100 percent on the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index and the Human Resources Compass Award from Sony Corporation for global excellence. SPE is also proud to be the first major Hollywood studio to participate in the "It Gets Better Video Project" (the Trevor Project) to help empower LGBT youth in the face of bullying and discrimination.

Other diversity activities include:
  • Recruitment and Retention. In 2012, SPE launched its Spectrum Leader Program: Passing the Torch, which is designed to identify and develop diverse, high-potential leaders and provide them with extensive leadership training and mentoring opportunities from SPE's most senior executives. The company's Spectrum Internship Program provides eligible students with real-life training and hands-on learning in the entertainment industry, as well as significant development opportunities including workshops and seminars, speakers, and more that provide a comprehensive view of the studio and its operations.
  • Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRG). The eight EBRG groups at SPE are linked to the company's overall business strategy, foster professional development, and help to educate and promote an environment of understanding, acceptance and inclusion among all employees. EBRGs host speaker series, career development seminars, panel discussions, outreach, volunteer activities and social/cultural events.
  • Corporate Philanthropy. SPE's commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident in the various charitable contributions made throughout the year. The company also engages in a vast array of community outreach and employee volunteerism efforts that support a diverse and inclusive environment in the communities in which it operates.

Diversity Advocate: LULAC

LULAC will be honored as the Diversity Advocate. This award is presented annually to an individual or organization outside of the cable industry that has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity. Through visionary leadership, this individual or organization has directly or indirectly fostered a more embracing and inclusive diversity environment for the cable industry.

LULAC's clear 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. Founded in 1930, LULAC engages its network of 135,000 community volunteers, 900 local councils, 60 community technology centers and 14 LULAC National Educational Service Centers to empower Hispanic families through direct service programs and advocacy in 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

LULAC has developed a broad range of programs designed to enhance and empower the Hispanic community, including:

  • LULAC's Empower Hispanic America with Technology Initiative. This network of 57 community technology centers provides free broadband access and computer-related training to students, parents, and low-income individuals. The emphasis is to empower individuals to do school work, college and financial aid searches, job training, job searches, managing money, English language courses, and citizenship preparation courses. The program provides services to over 150,000 people each year.
  • LULAC Education Advocacy Program, Promoting High School Success. The LULAC national office works with local LULAC councils to host Education Reform & Advocacy seminars throughout the United States. LULAC develops field teams of parent and community advocates, and the expertise gained from the training sessions builds the knowledge base of these field teams to better advocate for access to equitable education at the local, state, and federal levels. LULAC's seasoned education policy team also leads education reform in Washington, D.C, and co-chairs the Hispanic Education Coalition.
  • LULAC's Latinos Living Healthy Initiative. The initiative engages LULAC's network of 135,000 community volunteers, 920 councils and 57 community technology centers in a series of health and wellness public education campaigns, issued-based advocacy trainings, health education programs and community health festivals. LULAC's policy priorities include increasing access to quality and affordable health care for Hispanics and reducing health disparities and chronic disease prevention. LULAC conducts community health briefings, training sessions, as well as, public health education programs that focus on addressing the health disparities that lead to the onset of chronic disease. LULAC's policy staff and health advocates are working towards creating more livable communities to improve the health outcomes in Latino neighborhoods.
  • LULAC Leadership Initiative. This project revitalizes Hispanic neighborhoods from within by creating a nationwide network of innovative grassroots service programs in over 920 Hispanic communities served by LULAC Councils. The project identifies best practices, publishes a model program guide, and provides organization and training through ten regional offices.

Ticket Sales and Sponsorships

The 30th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner is the cable industry's most prestigious fundraising event. 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).

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 http://www.walterkaitz.org.