Common Sense Media Honored Innovators Making a Difference

On September 10, 2013, Common Sense Media welcomed guests to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to honor innovative minds in entertainment, public policy and education technology at their ninth annual awards ceremony and dinner.

Common Sense Media is the nation’s leading nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping kids, parents, and teachers by providing trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

Co-chairs April McClain Delaney, Karen Donatelli and Anna Marie Parisi Trone were joined by James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, and emcee Dee Dee Myers – political analyst, author, and former White House Press Secretary. This year’s honorees included:

  • Dr. Mark Edwards – superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District and a pioneer of the 1:1 computing in public schools; received the Educator of the Year Award.
  • LeVar Burton – actor, educator, entrepreneur, and co-founder of RRKidz, who has worked to improve children’s education through innovative uses of storytelling, media, and technology; received the Then and Now Learning with Media Award.
  • ABC’s Modern Family – the culturally defining TV sitcom that provides an honest and hilarious look into the lives of a truly “modern family”; received the Best Family Media Award.
  • Senator Edward J. Markey and Congressman Joe Barton – co-chairs of the Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, who worked together on the Do Not Track Kids Act; received a joint award for Public Policy Leadership.
  • Senator Jay Rockefeller – chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and a stalwart supporter of children’s protection; received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

This was the third time that The Webster Group team was honored to produce this event. For the awards ceremony portion of the evening, our staff provided the following services: secured the entertainment, designed the stage set, provided stage management and called the show. We also worked on the décor, catering, registration and seating for the dinner, and worked with The Kennedy Center on every aspect of the program.

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