NEWS RELEASE: April 26, 2013
Contact: Betsy Robertson, Dir of Community Relations (206) 448-5555
SEATTLE— Each year the American Jewish Committee honors a member of our community for professional endeavors and career achievements that contribute to enhancing human dignity. This week, the AJC’s highest honor, the Human Relations Award, was bestowed on KING 5 President and General Manager, Ray Heacox. The ceremony was held at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, co-chaired by Jim and Gaylee Duncan, Alayne Sulkin, Publisher of ParentMap, and Gary Kaplan, M.D. Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System.
According to AJC Seattle Regional Director Wendy Rosen, “Ray is receiving this award from AJC because of the significant impact he has made on the betterment of life in Seattle and around the world. Our organization shares so many important values with Ray, including a dedication to creating community, establishing dialogue and building bridges He is a gifted leader and civic champion who has uplifted our community and the world around us.”
"I'm honored that an organization with such high standards for community service as AJC felt me worthy of this recognition,” Ray Heacox said upon accepting his award. “I am just one part of an incredible team at KING 5 that works harder in support of the community than anyplace I have ever been. With our strong commitment to journalism that matters and our dedication to community service I know we make a difference. I owe this to my teammates and my wife Cynthia who are my motivation to try and make our corner of the world a better place to live."
Several members of “The Home Team” from KING 5 attended the Gala Dinner and award presentation in addition to community partners and business leaders from throughout Western Washington.
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About Belo Corp.
KING 5 Television is part of television company Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) which owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated websites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the CW, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com.
About American Jewish Committee
AJC is the global Jewish advocacy organization, with 25 regional offices across the U.S., and nine offices around the world. Over the course of its 105-year history, AJC has worked to enhance human dignity; pursue social justice; defend religious freedom; safeguard minorities; fight hatred, bigotry, and anti-Semitism; support Israel’s right to exist in peace and security; and provide humanitarian relief to those in need.