July 14, 2003 — United Way of St. Thomas-St. John has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA).
United Way is one of 13 charitable organizations throughout the Caribbean who were nominated for grants by cable systems operating in their areas and which are active members of CCTA. United Way was nominated by Innovative Cable TV St. Thomas-St. John.
Anthony Butler, chairman of the CCTA and president of Cable Bahamas, said, "The number of nominees for 2003 Community Charities Program was unprecedented this year. Although the CCTA's budget only allocated $10,000, or ten $1,000 grants, the board decided that all nominees were outstanding and deserved grant monies to continue their worthwhile activities. Therefore the budget was adjusted to include an additional $3,000 for the Community Charities Program."
The 13 grant recipients and their sponsoring companies are: Hogar de Ayuda El Refugio, nominated by Adelphia of Puerto Rico; B.V.I. Services, nominated by BVI Cable TV, Ltd.; Nassau St. Police Station Summer Youth Program, nominated by Cable Bahamas; Hogar Alberque para Ninos Jesus de Nazareth, nominated by Centennial Cable TV (Puerto Rico); Grenada Save the Children Development Agency, nominated by Grenada Cablevision; United Way of St. Thomas-St. John, nominated by Innovative Cable TV St. Thomas-St. John; Hogar San Jose, nominated by Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association, nominated by St. Lucia Cablevision; No Kidding With Our Kids Foundation, nominated by St. Maarten Cable TV; Dominica Association for the Mentally Handicapped Ltd., nominated by SAT Telecommunications; La Casa Rosada, nominated by Telecable (Dominican Republic); Sandy Point High School Youth Voices Against HIV/AIDS, nominated by The Cable (St. Kitts); and Turks and Caicos Cancer Foundation, nominated by WIV Cable TV.
The association, formed in 1983, represents cable and telecommunications providers throughout the Caribbean and the programmers, software and hardware suppliers that support their activities. The Community Charities Program was founded by the CCTA more than a decade ago and has awarded more than $100,000 to Caribbean charities during its existence.
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