The Salah M. Hassanein Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens will honor Ted Cooper, Senior Vice President, Head Film Buyer for Regal Entertainment Group, as the recipient of its 58th Annual Humanitarian Award. Mr. Cooper will be feted with a special Tribute Journal, published in his honor, in time for the Holiday Season of 2009. All monies raised from this annual fundraiser will benefit the Salah M. Hassanein Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, a recreational and educational facility located in Astoria, Queens.
In making the announcement, Su Robotti, President of the Queens facility noted, "It is a great honor to pay tribute to such a caring and dedicated individual as Ted Cooper. Ted is one of the motion picture industry's true friends and a consummate professional who commands the respect and admiration of all who know him. It is an honor to bestow our 2009 Humanitarian Award upon him."
Ted Cooper has spent his entire career in the motion picture industry, starting out as an assistant theater manager in Philadelphia for General Cinema in 1976. Throughout his career he has distributed film for MGM, Twentieth Century Fox, Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures in the Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and Boston markets. Ted Cooper's true passion has always been that of Film Buying, where he first broke in with Fox Theatres in Reading, PA and then with United Artists Theatres in New York, Atlanta and Dallas.
Now residing in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he works for Regal Entertainment Group, Ted has managed the consolidation of Edwards Theatres, United Artists Theatres, Hoyts Cinemas, Consolidated Theatres, Eastern Federal Cinemas, Signature Theatres as well as several independent exhibitors and now oversees more than 7,000 screens across the United States.
In addition to serving as an officer for Variety of Eastern Tennessee and a Board Member of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. Ted has supported the Salah M. Hassanein Variety Boys and Girls Club for more than 25 years.
Upon being honored with the 2009 Humanitarian Award, Ted Cooper joins an elite group of former honorees including Chuck Viane, Michael Campbell, Jack Foley, Clark Woods, Jeff Blake, Erik Lomis, Bruce Snyder, Tom Sherak and the 2008 honoree, Sheila DeLoach.