As I sat in the opulent offices of the cavernous LATalkRadio studios, I looked across at the empty chair where Wendi Cooper usually sits, and shouted,”Wendiiiiii. Can you hear meeee?” But alas, she could not hear me, Peter Soby, because she was in Las Vegas at the ERA D2C 2013 Convention. So I got to be Wendi Cooper this week. And since I was Wendi Cooper, I brought Kathy Christopherson in to be my me (Since I am usually Wendi’s sidekick)! And it’s confusing banter just like that that got the show started off this week!
But in all seriousness, I had a great time filling in for Wendi. And Kathy did an amazing job filling in for me! When Wendi handed me the keys to the show, I decided that I wanted to do a show spotlighting 3 Los Angeles-based charities. First off, Fritz Coleman, the extraordinary weatherman from NBC4, called in, and he talked about the charity called, Valley Interfaith Council (VIC).
Next, we got a phone call from Sylvie De Toledo, the Founder of Grandparents as Parents (GAP). Sylvie is an amazing woman and she talked about the organization and also the fact that she is one of the Top 25 nominees in the CNN Heroes showcase. And this is out of over 10,000 individuals and organizations nominated!
Finally, Kathy spoke on behalf of the amazingly compassionate charity called Dirty Dog Squad, an animal rescue organization.
We certainly missed Wendi this week and I look forward to having her back next week and hearing all about her adventures at the Direct 2 Consumer Convention. But today was a really nice breather to spotlight some amazing individuals and charities doing some incredible things for people and animals! Stay tuned next week for Wendi and more direct response!
Below are the websites of all the charities mentioned in the show. You should go to each of them and learn something about them and perhaps donate your time or money. Thanks for listening!
Valley Interfaith Council (VIC) www.VIC-LA.org
Grandparents as Parents (GAP) www.grandparentsasparents.org
Dirty Dog Squad www.dirtydogsquad.org
Project Don’t Go Back (PDGB) www.PDGB.org – I did a “shout out” at the end of the show for this organization. They are amazing as well. They are doing outreach for men who live in halfway houses who have been released from prison and jail and offer them aide and support in their transition back to the outside world. Be sure to check them out.
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