July 19, 2011

EARTH WIND and FIRE to Headline Cox Charities 2nd Annual Benefit Concert to be held Fri., Sept. 16 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk

CHESAPEAKE, Va., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Charities, the charitable giving initiative of Cox Communications, will host its 2nd Annual Benefit Concert on Friday, September 16, 2011 at the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. The concert will feature adult contemporary artists Earth Wind and Fire. Show time is 8 p.m.

Proceeds from the concert will fund competitive grants from Cox Charities to deserving local non-profits. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 22nd via www.ticketmaster.com.

"Since the launch of Cox Charities in 2009, we have been able to provide nearly $200,000 in grants to terrific non-profits in Virginia. The programs provided by these organizations range from youth mentoring services, to academic services for low-income and at-risk youth, to early childhood education initiatives," said Gary McCollum, Senior Vice President and General Manager Cox Virginia. Mr. McCollum added, "This benefit concert will provide support for even more educational programs and will help other groups continue to make a significant difference in the lives of young people."

Past Cox Charities grants winners are as follows:

    In Hampton Roads:
    --                An Achievable Dream
    --                ARC of the Virginia Peninsula
    --                Chesapeake Health Investment Program
    --               Community Housing Partners Community
    --                Foodbank of SEVA
    --                Hunton YMCA
    --               Marilyn & Simon Family Jewish
     Community Center
    --               Peninsula Council for Workforce
    --                Preschool Partners
    --               Raising a Reader Program of the United
    --                Seton House Youth Shelters
    --                Steps 2 Success
    --                The Up Center
    In Roanoke:
    --                Apple Ridge Farm
    --                Health Investment Partnership
    --                Family Service of Roanoke Valley
    --                Smart Beginnings of Roanoke Valley
    --                West End Center
    (Note: the program will launch in Northern Virginia in

Also, there are company sponsorship opportunities available for the 2011 Cox Charities Benefit Concert. This is the chief way funding is raised for Cox Charities. All are encouraged to visit www.coxcharities.org for concert and sponsor information. Concert ticket information also can be found at this website.

For more information about Cox Charities or the benefit concert event, contact Felicia Blow at 757-222-8432 or [email protected].

About Cox Charities

Cox Charities awards grants to qualifying organizations which provide educational programs that further the academic achievement and development of young people through science and technology, mentoring, literacy and other areas promoting youth and education. Cox Charities provides funding to nonprofit 501c3 organizations through a competitive grant process. Visit www.coxcharities.org or call 1-877-400-0936 for more information. Grant applications may be submitted via [email protected].

About Cox Communications:

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and wireless services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves more than 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For seven years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; for six years, Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, and the company holds a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

SOURCE Cox Communications