Burger Bash to Support the Boys & Girls Club

Do you likbashe burgers? Come and support a very worthy organization while you sample the best burgers in Orange County! I’m proud to serve as a Board member for the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area and we are hosting a tasty fundraiser on Saturday, October 18 at the Lou Yantorn branch in OC (2131 Tustin Ave. in Costa Mesa).

Enjoy live music, a silent auction and restaurant competition. All proceeds from the event will help support the gymnasium renovations at the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area and the 3,100+ local youth they serve. Sample signature dishes from the local chefs from restaurants such as Anders Catering, Bluewater Grill, Daily Grill, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Gaufree Artisan Waffle Sandwiches, Jersey Mike’s, Newport Rib Co. and more.

Cost is $75 per person and includes unlimited tastes and hosted bar from 6 to 7 p.m. Limited number of VIP tables of 10 are available for $1000 VIP tables of 10.

Call 949.642.2245 to order your tickets or visit them online at www.harborareabgc.com. I hope to see you there!

CBS News and PBS Shine at News & Documentary Emmy Awards

National Academy of Television Arts & SciencesWilliam J. Small, CBS News Chief and Former President of NBC News, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Winners of the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced this week by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).  The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards were presented at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center in New York City.

The event was attended by more than 900 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. Emmy® Awards were presented in 43 categories, including the first-ever categories reserved for news & documentary programming in Spanish.

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A Serendipitous Return to Brandman University

Bryan Fazio continues to inspire the Brandman University community with the scholarship that bears his name.

Bryan Fazio continues to inspire the Brandman University community with the scholarship that bears his name.

Last week I was pleased to return to Brandman University, where I have been appointed Vice Chancellor of Communications & Chief Communications Officer. It was Brandman that originally brought me to Southern California and I was proud to serve in P.R. at the non-profit university. As I was wrapping up my first tenure at Brandman, I met an amazing young man named Bryan Fazio, who was a graduate student at the Irvine campus. Bryan was a U.S. Navy veteran who was facing a grim cancer diagnosis and doctors told him that he only had about nine months to live. It was an honor to share his story for the first time (see my original, emotional interview with him here), and I worked to establish a scholarship in his name for fellow military veterans who were facing medical problems or disabilities. We called it the Bryan A. Fazio Memorial Scholarship because, according to doctors, the brave young veteran would not be with us much longer.

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