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Turner employees honored for doing good at 2018 Parsons Awards

On Tuesday, the Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards took place in New York. The Parsons Awards are our company’s highest tribute, recognizing employees for exceptional contributions to public service. 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. This year, the Parsons Awards were hosted by CNN’s own Poppy Harlow with special guest Tracy Morgan.

Six individuals company-wide were selected to receive the award after nominations from their fellow colleagues. Two Turner employees, Amy La Porte and Colleen Sullivan, were among the six recipients. Each winner received a $5,000 contribution to the charity of his or her choice. In addition, the “Excellence in Service” award, which was voted on by employees and gives an extra $5,000 to the charity of one of the award recipients, was presented to Colleen Sullivan.

Colleen Sullivan

NBA TV Production – Turner

Sullivan was honored for her work with Autism Speaks. Her son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in March 2014, and within a week of the diagnosis, she was looking for opportunities to get involved with local autism organizations. Today, she is on the Executive Leadership Committee of the Georgia Board for the organization and has used her professional experience to produce autism awareness videos and organize walks for the group.

Amy La Porte

CNN Newsroom – Turner

La Porte was honored for her work with Softer Streets, a nonprofit she founded with fellow CNN Colleague Nicole File. Its mission is to provide portable, insulated sleeping mats to Atlanta’s homeless population. She is also working on expanding Softer Streets to four other states, and eventually, refugee, migrant and homeless camps worldwide. 

Other recipients of the award from HBO and Warner Bros. were also honored at the ceremony for their community impact.

  • Darren Bignell, Manager, UK & International – Corporate Communications, Warner Bros., for his work with Amani UK, a humanitarian charity with a mission to create communities out of tragedy. 
  • Kevin Garvey, Manager, Threats and Incident Response – Global Information Security, Corporate, was honored for his efforts with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.
  • Jennifer Mancuso, Global Distribution – HBO, for her work for the VJ Mancuso Memorial Fund, which she founded with her husband, Vince, in honor of their late son, VJ. 
  • Shannon Sylvain, Production Coordinator – HBO, for her work for Brown Sugar Rehab, a nonprofit she founded to help educate communities of color on healthy nutrition that focuses on the risks associated with excessive sugar consumption. 

To learn more about Turner’s volunteer initiatives and contributions, visit our community page.