Gary McCollum, Cox VA SVP & GM, Honored With NAACP 2010 Community Service Award

Awards Presentation Occurs Friday, Oct 29 in Virginia Beach NAACP recognizes community service efforts of Gary McCollum

Oct 28, 2010, 07:00 ET from Cox Communications

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Gary McCollum, Cox Virginia Senior Vice President & GM, will receive the "Community Service Award" at the Virginia Beach NAACP 2010 Freedom Fund Banquet. The event will be held Friday, October 29, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Hotel Town Center in Virginia Beach.

According to NAACP officials, McCollum has received this award as a result of his efforts to unite the community through service. McCollum has helped to forward the ideals behind the banquet's theme: One Nation, One Dream, United.

"It's an honor to be recognized for my contributions to the Hampton Roads community," said McCollum.

McCollum has earned several awards as a result of his leadership and philanthropy in the community. In 2008, CableFAX named McCollum one of the "Most Influential Minorities in Cable." He also has been awarded the Community Leadership Award from the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. He has received the Corporate Trail Blazer Award from the Fairfax County NAACP. He is currently a major in the U.S. Army Reserves and has served as a military intelligence officer and a member of the elite U.S. Army Rangers. Born in a housing project in Richmond, Va., McCollum was the first in his family to graduate from college.

The keynote speaker at this event is the Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network.

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers.  The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services.  Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses.  Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services.  Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel.  More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at,, and  In Hampton Roads, Cox has more than 400,000 basic cable subscribers.

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