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Extraordinary Local Women Honored for Their Achievements

Release Date: 06/22/2007

A local woman whose determination took her from homelessness to become a successful attorney and philanthropist is the first place winner in the “She Did WHAT?” contest sponsored by Time Warner Cable-Kansas City, the Oxygen network and flourish! magazine. Denise Farris, a resident of Stilwell, Ks, is one of five women being recognized for their achievements.

As the top prize winner, Farris will receive a $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice. Her prize also includes being featured in a TV story that will air on KC OnDemand as well as recognition in flourish! magazine with her full story detailed at In addition, she will receive a gift basket from Time Warner Cable and Oxygen filled with prizes valued at more than $250 including Kansas City Royals tickets, a bathrobe, “Fresh” Lotion from Sephora, an umbrella, baseball hat, t-shirt, Nalgene bottle, and notebook.

The second prize winner, Bonner Springs, Ks. resident Peggy Beatty, will receive a gift basket filled with the same prizes. Third place winner Carlotta Roberts of midtown Kansas City, Mo., will receive a gift basket worth $100. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Kansas City, Ks. resident Debbie Pack and Sen. Barbara Allen of Overland Park, Ks. Each will receive a $50 gift basket.

The winners’ remarkable and inspirational stories can be found at and at

The “She Did WHAT?” contest is designed to recognize ordinary women who do extraordinary things everyday – from entrepreneurial endeavors, to politics, sports and philanthropy.  Time Warner Cable and flourish! magazine, as the Kansas City sponsors, asked people to nominate a woman they know who has gone above and beyond. 

“At Time Warner Cable, we get involved at a personal level, striving to be a good corporate citizen and community partner. It is our goal to provide programs and services that meet or exceed the expectations of each of our subscribers. Together with the locally-based professional women’s magazine, flourish!, we were excited to announce our partnership with Oxygen Networks to bring the “She Did WHAT?” contest to the Kansas City metro area,” says Damon Porter, Director of Public Affairs for the Kansas City Division of Time Warner Cable.

The Kansas City Division of Time Warner Cable offers the most advanced cable television services and the most popular high-speed Internet service to 595,000 homes and thousands of businesses in the seven-county Kansas City metropolitan area. The company also provides digital telephone services to residential customers. Time Warner Cable employs 975 people in its various Kansas City locations. For more information about Time Warner Cable, visit

Oxygen, the only cable network owned and operated by women, is currently available in over 71 million homes.  The network was launched in 2000 to fill a void in the television landscape -- creating a network targeted to younger women.  Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's television, with vast array of unconventional and original programming including The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, The Bad Girls Club and Campus Ladies. Geraldine Laybourne, the network's founder, Chairman and CEO, has led the company to be a strong advocate for women.  Through programs like The Mentor's Walk, Oxygen's national program for bringing along the next generation, and "Who Cares About Girls," Oxygen's new documentary series -- Oxygen is creating The New Girls Network.


Media Contact:

Lauren Fasbinder
Fasbinder & Associates

Lori Hansen
Time Warner Cable
Damon Shelby Porter
Time Warner Cable



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