Time Warner Honors Its Employees’ Outstanding Volunteer Achievements
26th Annual Andrew Heiskell Community Service Awards Celebrated Today
NEW YORK – Time Warner Inc. today announced the winners of its 26th annual Andrew Heiskell Community Service Awards, which highlight the exceptional volunteer efforts of its employees. The awards, named for Andrew Heiskell, the late former chairman and CEO of Time Inc., were presented at a luncheon ceremony at Time Warner Center in New York City to Time Warner employees in recognition of their outstanding individual contributions to community and public service.
Dick Parsons, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner, said: “Time Warner is committed to strengthening the communities in which we do business, and we’re proud to recognize our employees’ outstanding contributions to those communities with the Heiskell Awards. This year’s recipients represent the very best of Time Warner, and their passion for public service is an inspiration to their colleagues and to me personally.”
Time Warner’s Civic Leadership Award, which honors a senior executive for outstanding community leadership, was presented to Alan Horn, President of COO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, in recognition of his longstanding efforts to raise awareness of environmental issues.
In addition, the Community Service Team Award, which recognizes a group of employees that exemplifies Time Warner’s values of responsibility and teamwork, was given to 27 AOL employees who deliver meals to the elderly as volunteers for Meals on Wheels.
Jeff Bewkes, President and COO of Time Warner, said: “The exceptional achievements of our Heiskell Award recipients offer just a glimpse of the invaluable work being done by Time Warner employees around the world. We’re pleased to recognize their tremendous generosity, and to support their efforts to effect change in their communities.”
Each Andrew Heiskell Community Service Award winner receives $5,000 from Time Warner, in the form of a $3,000 donation to the nonprofit organization or organizations of his or her choice, and a personal honorarium of $2,000. In addition, as part of the Community Service Team Award, Time Warner makes a $10,000 donation to the nonprofit organization or organizations of the team’s choice. In honor of Mr. Horn, at his request, Time Warner will make a $5,000 donation to the Environmental Media Association.
This year’s honorees, who were nominated by their peers and chosen from among Time Warner’s approximately 89,000 employees worldwide, are:
Andrew Heiskell Community Service Awards
Peter Ban, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Time Warner Corporate, New York City, who is a driving force behind REED (Resources for Effective Educational Development), a non-profit program for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. As Chairman of REED’s Capital Campaign, Peter has helped raise more than $5 million dollars for REED and recently negotiated the purchase of a new site for REED Academy.
Amanda Chester, Direct Marketing Director, IPC Media, London, England, who has served as a volunteer with the Samaritans for the last 14 years, answering calls and managing teams of volunteers who provide around-the-clock support to people experiencing feelings of distress and despair.
Robert Gauld, Senior Project Manager, Turner Properties, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, who over the past 20 years has traveled the world lending his skills to medical missions and construction projects. He has helped construct an airstrip in Papua New Guinea, lectured in a Mongolian university, and – most recently – visited Akot, South Sudan, with a MustardSeed International medical team.
Delece Jones, Executive Assistant, Business Affairs and Legal, HBO Films, Santa Monica, California, who as a member of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, helps plan, organize, and manage the LA Watts Summer Games, an Olympics-style event during which more than 7,000 inner-city kids compete in 17 sports.
Jeff Klohn, Network Services Supervisor, Time Warner Cable, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who for 15 years has been a dedicated foster parent to children with special needs. More than 16 foster children have stayed in his home to date, and he and his wife currently have three foster children in addition to their two natural and three adopted children.
Janet Krawczyk, Training Production Supervisor, Time Customer Service, Time Inc., Tampa, Florida, who has procured more than $1 million in supplies for Teaching Tools, which provides free supplies to teachers in high-need schools in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Dean S. Marks, Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development and Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Burbank, California, who has worked since 2003 with Kidsave, an organization that places older children from orphanages and foster homes with permanent families, and now serves on its Board of Directors. Dean also serves on the Los Angeles Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal Defense and Education, and is Executive Sponsor of OUT@WBS.
David Thornhill, Customer Service Supervisor, Time Warner Cable, Colorado Springs, Colorado, who started an employee volunteer program in which more than 700 call center employees are now involved. Volunteers provide thousands of service hours every year to organizations as diverse as Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, the United Way and the Red Cross. David’s public service goes back 15 years, to when his family hosted a Christmas dinner in Colorado Springs that has grown into the area’s largest annual charity event.
Chaminda Wijetilleke, Director of Business Development, AOL, Dulles, Virginia, who helped found the World Children’s Initiative and launched the WCI’s Project Peds. He has raised more than $800,000 to fund the project, whose goal is to reconstruct and rehabilitate the pediatrics ward of a Sri Lanka hospital in an area that was devastated by the South Asian tsunami in 2004. The hospital broke ground for the new ward in January.
Community Service Team Award
Meals on Wheels Team, AOL, Dulles, Virginia
John Ryan, Ann Farkas, Chris Bubb, Dawn Papula, Iris Culpepper, Jennifer Newby, Joe McDermott, Joseph Chan, Karen Vukson, Kathy Lee, Kavita Goel, Kelly Milne, Kelly O’Connor, Kirsten Evenson, Kate Nowrouzi, Lauren Cowley, Michelle Engel, Molly Kyne, Nhon Nguyen, Pamela Mummareddy, Stacy Kalbach, Stig Crandall, Tracy Griffin, Vijaya Dasika, Venkatesh Ramanathan, Ashley Spicer, Shaunn Rosenberg
Four years ago, when Dulles’s Area Agency on Aging was looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in two areas of Sterling, Virginia, John Ryan brought the notice to the attention of AOL’s Community Relations department, and more than 25 AOL employees answered the call. Since then, AOL volunteers have cheerfully and consistently delivered meals to area seniors, giving their time to lend an open ear and a helping hand to those in need.
Civic Leadership Award
Alan Horn, President and COO, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Burbank, California, who is a founding Board Member of the Environmental Media Association, which aims to raise awareness of environmental issues using television, movies and other media, and Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Autry National Center in Los Angeles; and the advisory board of the National Museum of the American Indian. He served for six years as a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Associates and in May 2007 received that group’s Leadership Award.
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