By Ashley Irving

Last Thursday, Time Warner colleagues from across the company gathered in New York to celebrate the outstanding achievements of a select group dedicated to community service.

For over three decades, the Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards have served as Time Warner’s highest recognition for employees doing exceptional volunteer work for communities around the world. Jeff Bewkes, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc., presented the Awards during Thursday's ceremony, recognizing five individuals with a $5,000 grant in support of the nonprofit organizations they serve. Each winner was nominated by their colleagues, and one winner was selected through an enterprise-wide vote to receive an additional $5,000 donation through the Excellence in Service Award.


Master of Ceremonies Chris Cuomo

This year the remarkable recipients traveled from both near and far -- some as far as Germany and Turkey -- to share their stories of service in school yards, classrooms, editing booths and on film screens; from small Dominican Republic and Haitian towns to war-torn regions of the Middle East. Guests were moved by the powerful stories and generous spirit of winners Dana Austin, Manager of Media Servicing Operations at HBO; Arwa Damon, International Correspondent at CNN (Excellence in Service Award winner); Christian Honeck, Producer at TBS Germany; Diana Means, Production Coordinator at Warner Bros Home Entertainment; and Jaselle Yrizarry-Pabon, Associate Manager of Cultural Investments at Time Warner.

“For over 30 years we have honored the tradition of celebrating and recognizing stories of selflessness, sacrifice and service that comes from the very heart of our company: the employees,” Bewkes remarked, an appreciation shared by master of ceremony and CNN New Day Anchor Chris Cuomo, and honored guest and former Chairman and CEO of Time Warner, Richard D. Parsons.


Winners Diana Means, Dana Austin, Christian Honeck, Jaselle Yrizarry-Pabon, and Arwa Damon

The Parsons Awards also acknowledged company-supported service initiatives of the last year: HBO and the Game of Thrones cast partnered with the International Rescue Committee to bring awareness to the global refugee crisis. Turner’s CNN held a national Democratic candidates' debate in Flint, Michigan to amplify national awareness of its water crisis, and distributed clean water to residents in need. Warner Bros. launched its first Global Impact Volunteer Week where employees volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Fair Share. Time Warner’s FitNation group participated in races and triathlons to champion the Children’s Hospital, American Heart Association, and Wildlife Conservation Society.

The recap video, below, captures the highlights and spirit of the event:

Time Warner is a company of storytellers, and the stories of its employees are as inspiring as those of the iconic characters who bring its treasured content to life. The company honors the heroic efforts of real-life individuals who dedicate time and resources to helping others. As Bewkes said, it is ultimately that commitment which “truly defines our company and contributes to our success.”

Check out some additional photos below in honor of those who give so much to both our company and their communities. 

Images courtesy of Catalina Kulczar