Five WarnerMedia employees honored for commitment to community service
On Thursday, the Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards took place in New York. For nearly four decades, the awards have been the company’s highest recognition for employees doing exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of people and communities around the world. Five individuals were honored at the awards ceremony and received a $5,000 contribution to the charity of his or her choice.
The evening kicked off with Dennis Williams, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility – WarnerMedia, offering advice to those attending to honor the great work of the five winners by committing to do one act of charity each month. John Stankey, President & Chief Operating Officer – AT&T Inc. & CEO – WarnerMedia, welcomed attendees and recognized the incredible impact the five honorees are having in their communities. CNN’s Don Lemon hosted the event, sharing the remarkable stories of each of the winners before each of them took the podium to give their acceptance speeches.
The awards are presented annually in honor of former Time Warner Chairman and CEO Richard "Dick" Parsons, a national role model for civic and community service. Dick was not able to attend this year’s festivities in person but instead, gave a heartfelt video greeting introduced by WarnerMedia Chief Financial Officer Pascal Desroches.
The ceremony closed with John Stankey presenting the “Excellence in Service” award to Loretta Boatey (WarnerMedia Entertainment/HBO). This final award was voted on by employees and gives an extra $5,000 to the winner’s charity.
Meet the winners of the 2019 Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards below.
Executive Assistant (WarnerMedia Entertainment/HBO)
Loretta Boatey’s family originates from the West African country, Ghana. So, it’s no surprise to the people that know her that she spends her time volunteering for the West African Health Foundation (WAHF), a non-profit which aims to promote health through wellness education and disease prevention. Loretta started working with WAHF in 2014. As part of her volunteer work, she goes on medical mission trips each year to Ghana, supporting doctors with patient care and health screenings and also hosting seminars on wellness, nutrition, personal hygiene and healthy habits. In addition, she helps market, organize and produce WAHF’s yearly fundraising galas in the New York and New Jersey area. She is also instrumental in helping find secure new sponsorships and donors using her marketing and social media expertise.
Manager, Music IP and Data Management (Warner Bros.)
A family member struggling with mental health issues is what led Phoebe Richards to her volunteer work. She volunteers her time with The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Phoebe has been working with NAMI for the last three years, teaching educational programs on mental illness, facilitating monthly family support groups and most recently, becoming certified to lead a new NAMI Family and Friends seminar. Phoebe has provided guidance to over 200 individuals, helping them more effectively deal with and advocate for their loved ones who are living with mental health conditions.
Writer/Producer – TBS/TNT Brand Creative (WarnerMedia Entertainment, TBS/TNT)
When Rachel Ferretti was 15 years old, she made a decision that would forever change her life. She flew to California to volunteer at Children’s Skin Disease Foundation’s Camp Wonder – a free, week-long summer camp that provides an accepting, nurturing environment for kids with life-threatening and chronic skin diseases. Every year since, Rachel has volunteered with Children’s Skin Disease Foundation (CSDF) and Camp Wonder where her role has evolved from camp counselor to head of media. For the last three years, she has been using her career skillset to increase awareness of the organization and camp through social media engagement and educational video content which CSDF uses throughout the year.
Creative Services Editor/Producer (WarnerMedia News & Sports/CNN)
Many kids dream of being firefighters when they grow up, and Walt Snead is living that dream and volunteering at the same time. Walt is a volunteer firefighter with the Cherokee County Fire Department near Atlanta. In his 11 years as a volunteer, he has encountered everything from dangerous fires to life-or-death car extractions to other serious medical emergencies. Whatever he is called upon to do, his main focus is to make a positive difference in the lives of the victims involved. When Walt is not addressing emergencies, he visits preschools to teach young children about fire safety and the role firefighters play in keeping people safe. Walt’s strong desire to make a difference in his community and help people in need is what drives him to be a volunteer firefighter.
Staff UX Designer, WB Games San Francisco (Warner Bros.)
When it comes to volunteering, Roy Villavicencio is truly a jack-of-all-trades. The list of organizations he donates his time and efforts to is truly amazing: Habitat for Humanity, The Marine Mammal Center, Magic Wheelchair, Planned Parenthood, RAICES, Bridgewatch Angels, among many others. He volunteers every weekend at The Marine Mammal Center, preparing food, cleaning pens and rehabilitating injured, ill, or orphaned sea mammals. He also donates his tremendous baking abilities to various charity bake sales and organizes blood drives including one at WB Games San Francisco, which will become a recurring event. His volunteer work is driven by his desire to take an active role in manifesting the values of equality and compassion in the world by contributing to human and animal wellness.