Recipients of Samsung’s Million-Dollar Technology Program Selected From Winning Essays That Speak To The Importance of Technology in Education
New York, NY - December 14, 2004) – Television talk show host Tony Danza today underscored the importance of state-of-the-art technology in classrooms across America by featuring the Grand Prize winner of the first annual “ Samsung's Hope For Education National Essay Contest ” on his live nationally syndicated show.
As host to the winners of this million-dollar technology contest, “The Tony Danza Show” is providing a national platform to support awareness for Samsung's new community philanthropy program. “The Tony Danza Show” is a live one-hour talk show featuring celebrities and everyday people, all presented with a unique, positive and upbeat approach. The show is also known for showcasing everyday people who personify strength, character and spirit.
Danza spoke with and congratulated Special Education Assistant Principal Joanne Kamiya from the contests' Grand Prize winning school, Washington Irving Middle School of Los Angeles . Kamiya was joined by Chandice Covington, a professor and department chair at UCLA's School of Nursing, who nominated the school and wrote the winning essay about how technology will benefit student Grej Pesjaka. Pesjaka is a visually impaired Albanian immigrant, who was Covington's patient when he first came to the United States for eye surgery. Samsung's Sr. Vice President, Peter Weedfald , also joined them on-air to present the Grand-Prize $100,000 gift check representing the donated technology equipment.
“Samsung has a long history supporting children and education, and Samsung's ‘Hope For Education' program is another important affirmation of that commitment,” said Peter Weedfald, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Samsung Electronics North America. “With elementary, middle and high school budgets being cut back on a daily basis, there is no better way we can help ensure our children's future than making certain they have the best tools possible to help them enrich and elevate their minds and spirit. Having someone as supportive and enthusiastic as Tony Danza involved in spreading the word about the 2004 Hope for Education program makes it all the more impactful.”
Tony Danza , who earned his BA in History Education from Dubuque University added, “I'm really proud to help Samsung support public education. Their commitment is truly inspiring.”
Samsung's Hope For Education , a philanthropy program created to benefit children's education, promoted the contest in October 2004 and challenged students, teachers, parents or anyone who knows of a school in need, to write an essay regarding the importance of technology in education and how it can benefit a school in their community. Essays were evaluated by an independent judging committee made up of professionals from the academic as well as the editorial communities. Samsung is donating a total of $1,100,000 in technology gear. The Grand Prize winner receives $100,000 worth of technology and 100 schools receive $10,000 each. The technology prizes include Samsung's latest, award-winning products, such as 42” Plasma TVs, 32” DynaFlat TVs, 17” LCD monitors, DVD/VCR Combo units, Color Laser Printers and Camera Phones.
Samsung is already gearing up for next year's contest.
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About Samsung Electronics
SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2003 parent company sales of US$36.4 billion and net income of US$5.0 billion. Employing approximately 88,000 people in 89 offices in 46 countries, the company consists of six main business units: Corporate Technology Operations, Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips, TFT-LCDs and VCRs.
About “The Tony Danza Show”
“The Tony Danza Show” is a live entertainment talk show featuring celebrities and everyday people, all presented with a positive and upbeat approach. A staple of American pop culture for 25 years, Danza's cross-generational popularity from “Taxi” and “Who's The Boss” and his versatility as a performer make him a familiar and engaging daytime talk show host. In addition to sharing his interesting stories and experiences, “The Tony Danza Show” showcases hometown heroes, amazing kids and incredible people who personify strength, character and spirit. “The Tony Danza Show” is distributed by Buena Vista Television.