Two Suddenlink Programs Earn Beacon Awards

The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) recently announced the winners of the 2012 Beacon Awards.  The Beacons honor excellence in cable communications and public affairs. Among the winners are two Suddenlink-supported community outreach programs.

The Suddenlink Mid South Region received a Beacon Award for Community Relations for its partnership with Arkansas State University on the Johnny Cash Music Festival, held in Jonesboro, Ark.  The event featured performances by Cash’s friends and family members, and proceeds went toward the renovation and preservation of the late country music legend’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark.

The San Angelo cable system was recognized with a Beacon Award for Events and Observances for hosting the 2012 Suddenlink Open Tony Gibson Memorial Bass Tournament. The annual event kicks off the area’s bass fishing tournament season and proceeds benefit Hospice of San Angelo (HOSA). The tournament is named for Tony Gibson, a 2009 tournament winner.  The Gibson family received support from HOSA before Tony passed away in late 2009.

Suddenlink Tournament Helps San Angelo Hospice

Hospice of San Angelo (HOSA) received a $16,000 donation from the city’s Suddenlink office, representing proceeds from the Suddenlink Tony Gibson Memorial Fishing Tournament held Saturday, March 3. The check was presented at Saturday’s event. The Suddenlink Open is typically HOSA’s largest single fundraiser of the year.

HOSA wasn’t the only big winner Saturday. James Gardner was named top angler. His four-fish stringer totaling 13.26 pounds earned him the $2,200 grand prize. Dale Dickson took home $620 for catching the largest single fish, a 10.9-pound bass.

This year’s tournament featured added support from the Outdoor Channel and public appearances Friday and Saturday by Joe Thomas, host of “Ultimate Match Fishing Presented by Sta-Bil” on the Outdoor Channel. Pictured above are (left to right) Thomas, Suddenlink San Angelo Director of Operations Monica Kincer, HOSA Executive Director David McBride, and Suddenlink Business Operations Manager Corey Peddy.

Major sponsors included: Suddenlink Business, Thorp Transportation, Dean’s Marine, Walmart, Spring Creek Products, D&D Construction, Cal Tech, Johnson Funeral Home, Jim Bass Ford, The Bank and Trust, Space Age Communications, Alpha Omega Production, Horizon Branding, Goodyear Proving Ground, Skeeter Performance Fishing Boats, Field and Streams, Batteries Plus and Julio’s Chips and Burritos. More than four dozen other local businesses also supported the tournament.

For tournament details, photos and a complete list of winners, visit the tournament’s official website.