$280,000 Raised to Help Broadcasters in Need

The Broadcasters Foundation of America’s 2017 Golden Mike Award Gala
honored Paul Karpowicz and Bill Hoffman

On February 28, 2017 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, more than 250 radio and television broadcasters came together in support of the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s mission and raised $280,000 to help broadcasters in need.  The event honored Paul Karpowicz, President of Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group, with the Broadcasters Foundation of America 2017 Golden Mike Award.  The Broadcasters Foundation also presented the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Hoffman, retired President of Cox Media Group.

The gala event was hosted by Tim McAuliff, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Petry Media Corp. The evening’s presenters were Steven Lanzano, President of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB), Mike O’Neill, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and Senator Gordon Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  Triple-platinum pop star and BMI songwriter Andy Grammer rocked the house with his smash hits, “Keep Your Head Up,” “Honey, I’m Good,” and “Fresh Eyes.”

The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email info@thebfoa.org.

About the Broadcasters Foundation of America:

The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need. The Foundation reaches out across the country to identify need and provide an anonymous safety net in cases of critical illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, accident and other serious misfortune. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is a 501(c)3 Public Charity.

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