August 18, 2011

Finalists Named for Bay Area’s Cox Conserves Heroes Program, Public Asked to Vote

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- KTVU Channel 2, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), today announced finalists for the Bay Area's 2011 Cox Conserves Heroes program. The winning Hero, to be chosen by an online public vote, will be awarded $5,000 to donate to the environmental nonprofit of his or her choice. The four finalists each will receive $1,250 to donate to their nonprofits of choice.

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The public is being asked to vote now through September 19. To vote, visit and select the KTVU tab on the right for "Cox Conserves Heroes."

The Bay Area's 2011 Cox Conserves Heroes finalists (environmental nonprofit of choice):

The Bay Area's 2011 Cox Conserves Hero will be announced in early October.

This is the third year for the Bay Area's Cox Conserves Heroes program. Last year, Bruce Beyaert was selected for his volunteer work on the San Francisco Bay Trail, which received $5,000 as his nonprofit of choice. Lennie Roberts was the Bay Area's first Cox Conserves Hero in 2009 in recognition of her 50 tireless years of environmental volunteer work. As Roberts' nonprofit of choice, the Committee for Green Foothills received $5,000.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between TPL and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of KTVU Channel 2, to honor everyday conservationists. Since the program launched in 2008, nearly $125,000 has been collectively donated to more than 40 local environmental nonprofits and 13 individuals have been recognized as Cox Conserves Heroes. Cox Conserves Heroes also runs in Atlanta; Hampton Roads, Va.; San Diego and Seattle.

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About KTVU Channel 2

Located in Oakland, Calif., KTVU Channel 2 serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area and is part of Cox Media Group and is a FOX affiliate. Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that includes Valpak and the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With revenues of $1.8 billion, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. Additionally, Cox Media Group owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.

About The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and natural areas, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, TPL has worked with willing landowners, community groups, and national, state, and local agencies to complete close to 5,000 land conservation projects in 46 states, protecting 2.8 million acres. Since 1994, TPL has helped states and communities craft and pass over 382 ballot measures, generating $34 billion in local conservation funds.