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Lotus Gives $50K To Boys & Girls Club

11-19-2012

Lotus Communications' KWKW President James Kalmenson puts his money where his mouth is. A lot of it. And this could be a first for a radio station. When KWKW employees learned the Boys & Girls Club was in desperate need of funds to provide after-school programs, Kalmenson decided to step in with a $50,000 check. The money wasnt raised by listeners. Kalmenson added the money as a line item to the KWKW operating budget. In this picture with LA Boys & Girls Club kids are KWKW PD/Ops Manager Juan Rodriguez, and KWKW President James Kalmenson.

Kalmenson said, "One of the founding principles of our company has been to be of service to our community. As a result of the donation, the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club was able to greatly expand its services for the local community. Word quickly spread and the attendance immediately tripled and continues to thrive today.

KWKW has also launched a PSA campaign this month that will continue throughout 2013. And the station will sponsor the Clubs annual Thanksgiving Dinner, which typically feeds more than 300 people. In December, KWKW will donate 500 toys to the clubs Christmas Toy Drive. Theyll also broadcast live at the Club on Dec. 7 to encourage people to drop off toys, all of which go to children ages 2-16 at the clubs annual Christmas event.  KWKW personalities Armando Aguayo, Mario Amaya, Halim Zadat, and Erika Garza will attend both the Thanksgiving and Christmas events.   

Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club Executive Director, Juana Lambert said, KWKW has been instrumental in creating and growing our community by giving our friends and neighbors the opportunity to gather, learn, and grow in a safe, fun, and stimulating environment. Were very fortunate to have such a great partner and look forward to a long future together.

Lotus Communications was founded in 1962 by Howard A. Kalmenson with the purchase of KWKW, one of Los Angeles original Spanish-language radio stations. In 2012, Kalmenson was awarded the Medallas de Cortez Lifetime Achievement Award from Radio Ink honoring his long record of dedication and commitment to Spanish-language radio. Lotus currently owns and operates a total of 27 radio stations in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas. The formats consist of 13 English, 13 Spanish, and one Farsi. Lotus also owns three low-power television stations in Phoenix, Tampa, and Houston. Additionally, the company owns three e-commerce sites under its subsidiary, Lotus Internet Corp. Based in Los Angeles, the company employs more than 400 people. For more information, visit www.lotuscorp.com.




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