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TELEMUNDO NETWORK FORFEITS COMPANY CHRISTMAS PARTY; $25,000 WILL GO TO KIDS LEFT HOMELESS BY HURRICANE ANDREW

 MIAMI, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The employees of the Telemundo Spanish-language television network, based in Hialeah, have voted unanimously to forfeit their company Christmas party this year. The $25,000 allocated for the event will be donated to The United Way, to help children victimized by Hurricane Andrew.
 "I am so proud of the people in this company," said Joaquin Blaya, Telemundo's chief executive officer. "An employee suggested that we cancel the annual Christmas party, and give the money to the kids hurt by the Hurricane. We sent out a memo to all 600 employees in our Hialeah operation, asking everyone how they felt about the idea. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of helping the Hurricane victims."
 Telemundo, like many other South Florida-based companies, has been actively involved in the ongoing rebuilding effort. "But this is a special gift," said Jose Cancela, president of the Telemundo Station Group. "This has nothing to do with corporate decisions, it comes from the heart."
 Jose Cancela and the employees of Telemundo will present the $25,000 check to Harve Mogel, president of The United Way of Dade County, at a breakfast reception at The Telemundo Network in Hialeah, a 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23. "This is the best way for all of us to have a Merry Christmas," said Cancela.
 Telemundo Group, Inc. is a Spanish-language television network operating in the United States. The network reaches approximately 85 percent of all Hispanic television households in 45 markets in the U.S. and around the world.
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