Time Warner Celebrates Giving Back with the 2015 Richard D. Parsons Awards

11 Jun 2015 - By TW Staff

(Above, Left to Right: Kevin Tsujihara, Michael Chang, John Martin, Joseph Chojnacki, Jeff BewkesGena Parrott, Richard PleplerMarnye Hall, Richard D. Parsons, Moana Casanova)

Each year the Time Warner community comes together to celebrate and recognize employees who give back to their communities in extraordinary ways with the Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards.  The awards ceremony was held at the Time Warner Center in New York City last Thursday. The award is named for Time Warner’s former Chairman and CEO, Richard Parsons, due to his continued dedication to civic and community service throughout the years.

Time Warner’s current Chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes, hosted the ceremony and introduced the MC of the event, Anderson Cooper.  Anderson presented the Community Impact Awards to this year’s five recipients from across the company. Each winner received $5000 to donate to a nonprofit(s) of their choice. After the five individual awards were granted, Anderson welcomed Richard Parsons to the stage where he awarded the special “Excellence in Service Award,” which allowed employees from across the company to vote to determine which of this year’s recipients would receive an additional $5000 donation to an organization(s) of their choice. This year the winner of this special award was HBO’s Moana Casanova.

You can check out a recap of the 2015 award ceremony below and read more about this year’s winners.

Joseph Chojnacki is a Studio Operator for Turner Broadcasting’s CNN. When not at the studio Joseph spends his time volunteering at the East Rockaway Fire Department where he was named Captain in 2014. When Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard Joseph and his company came together to help those in his community left without food, water and power. Joseph is also active in his local chapter of the Knights of Columbus where he helps to raise money for the organization, which goes towards outreach programs in his community.

Gena Parrott works at Warner Bros Entertainment Europe where she is a Director of Legal and Business Affairs. Over the years she has spent a significant amount of her time working with the organization Action This Day Kenya. The nonprofit helps to support the Kookaburra Community School in Bamburi Kenya, which provides an education to 130 students from the community, including scholarships for students to go on to high school and vocational schools. Gena established the UK branch of the organization and helps to raise money and awareness for the school and organization through fundraising events, charity film screenings, donations and speaking events.

Moana Casanova is an Executive Assistant at HBO’s West Coast Production Office. She donates her time to a number of organizations, including Covenant House California and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). At Covenant House Moana  established an initiative called Digital Dove, a video arts program that educates residents of Covenant House on the filmmaking process. She currently serves as Vice President of the Young Professionals group. Moana is also involved with the organization PATH, where she and some of her coworkers at HBO have adopted a family and are currently helping them stock their pantry and furnish their new home.

Michael Chang is the VP of Business and Legal Affairs at Warner Bros. Consumer Products in Los Angeles, CA. Michael has made a personal commitment to encourage students to stay in school and pursue higher education. Through the organization Street Law, Michael creates classroom and community programs with local schools that help to teach law, democracy and human rights to underprivileged and at-risk youths. Michael works with Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC), a nonprofit that provides at-risk youths with job skills training and work experience in environmental conservation projects. He has also worked with organizations like Future  Business Leaders of American to create the program ‘Lawyer for a Day’ and ‘Judge for a Day,’ which are geared toward underserved English-learners in the LA Unified School district. Through these programs students tour law offices and judicial chambers and are mentored by bilingual and bicultural lawyers and judges.

Marnye Hall works as a writer and producer on the CNN Marketing team. Since she was young she has been involved in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Marnye volunteers at the local level organization field trips for local scouts and has also developed an online magazine Lime Green Giraffe, where girls are given a place for self-expression and an opportunity to learn valuable writing and journalism skills. Marnye also volunteers on the international level by working with girls in India on personal hygiene skills, and in Kenya where she has helped advocate for and empower girls to build healthy, sustainable and thriving communities.