Cox Cares Names CHOC Children's the 'Non-Profit of the Year'

Cox Cares Community Voting Decides Winner, Awards $55,000 in Grants

24 Sep, 2010, 16:48 ET from Cox Communications

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of Orange County residents voted online this month to award CHOC Children's the Cox Cares Non-Profit of the Year.  

As Non-Profit of the year, CHOC received a $10,000 grant from Cox Cares.  Nine other finalist non-profits received grants of $5,000 each.  All 10 grant winners were honored during an awards ceremony Thursday, Sept. 23 at Cox Communications' Rancho Santa Margarita headquarters.

"CHOC Children's mission is to nurture, advance and protect the health and well being of children," said Tanya Lieber, Vice President, CHOC Children's Foundation. "In support of this mission, the generous Cox Cares grant will enable CHOC Children's to provide financial assistance to more than 3,000 families in critical need of pediatric care this year."

"We are happy to support CHOC, as well as all the other deserving finalists," said Gail Bongcaras, Community Relations Manager of Cox in Orange Coast of Cox Cares.  "But what makes it even more meaningful is the participation of the community in deciding how to allocate the funds.  As a local company, it is important to us to reflect the priorities of the communities we serve."

Orange County residents cast their votes online at from Sept. 1 – 15.  In addition to CHOC, the nine other finalists who received grant awards were:

  • J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation
  • Child Guidance Center, Inc.
  • Ocean Institute
  • Volunteer Center Orange County
  • Helping Hand Worldwide
  • DisAbility Awareness Foundation
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • Easy Lift Transportation

Since  2000, Cox Cares has donated nearly $700,000 to more than 95 local nonprofit organizations through in-kind and direct cash support, much of which is derived from the contributions of Cox Orange Coast's employees.

Along with the grant program, the Cox Cares will continue to support the needs of youth and seniors, while promoting social issues, art, science and technology through a wide range of support activities for both organizations and individuals engaged in business and education.  Cox is not simply a trusted provider in business, but also a partner in building a proud community.  For more details, please visit

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a multi-service, broadband communications and entertainment company serving more than 6.2 million residential and commercial customers.  Locally, Cox Communications provides digital video, high-speed Internet and telephone services, along with dedicated community programming on Cox3 and Cox8, serving the Orange County communities of:  Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, select unincorporated areas of Orange County, as well as Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Barbara and portions of San Pedro.  Additionally, Cox Business and Cox Media serve the high-speed communications and local as well as national advertising needs of commercial customers.  

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 five years, Cox has ranked among Diversity Inc'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, and

SOURCE Cox Communications