Compassion with Fashion.

Compassion with Fashion.

The other day, someone emailed me a picture of this pit bull found inside a trash dumpster with a rope around her neck.  I wish I could say cases like this are uncommon.  Sadly, though, we see acts of cruelty against animals all the time.   It makes you wonder what kind of person would do something like this. But where there is bad, there is always much more good.  Someone heard the dog — lets call her Bella– in the dumpster and came to the rescue.  Bella is now being nursed back to health and hopefully will find a loving home. Now think about Bella, thrown in the trash dumpster to die, and consider this: 17,000 dogs and cats are rescued by the Arizona Humane Society every year.   17,000 abused or neglected animals — some found wandering the streets, others rescued from horrendous conditions.   Many simply turned in by families who could no longer care for them. And this is why we rock the runway. The Arizona Humane Society puts on an incredible fundraising event every year called Compassion with Fashion.  It’s been voted best charity event and it is easy to see why.   The atmosphere is incredible.  1,000 pet lovers showed up on a beautiful, sunny Saturday at The Arizona Biltmore ready to raise money and have fun. Brandon Lee, our newest anchor and lover of dogs (he has three pit bulls that he rescued from the streets of LA), joined me onstage.  The dogs in need of homes made their way down the runway accompanied by, in some cases, the wonderful, caring veterinarians and rescue workers from The Humane Society, in other...
Valley Leadership-Man and Woman of the Year Awards.

Valley Leadership-Man and Woman of the Year Awards.

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. —Sam Walton What does it take to be a leader?  Not just a boss but a true leader. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. —Brian Tracy To be in a room full of thought leaders; people who are inspired — and who want to inspire others —  is pretty incredible. Thats why I love Valley Leadership.  Their motto is connecting, learning, leading. For the second year I was asked to emcee their Man and Woman of the Year Awards.  And again this year, two outstanding leaders were chosen.   Gary Trujillo was told at one point along the way that he wasn’t cut out for higher education.  He went on to get his MBA from Harvard Business School.  His resume is impressive, to say the least and his accomplishments are many.  Gary has done a lot for the community over the years including the creation of the Roosevelt Community Technology Center in Phoenix.  They provide state-of-the-art computer technology to hundreds of families who are often underserved and overlooked.   Gary’s story goes to show that you can never let anyone define your limitations.  Glass ceilings are made to be broken. Ellie Ziegler is a woman who breaks the ceiling every day.  She has volunteered for over 30 non profits over the years.  Right now she is focused on Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix and Scottsdale.  Ellie expanded their Back-to-School Clothing program from serving 150 to...
Have you found the meaning in your life?

Have you found the meaning in your life?

Have you found the meaning in your life? That was the question former Tempe Police Officer Scott Tipton asked the audience when he took the stage at the Desert Ride Marriott.  The setting was beautiful; the room filled with red on Valentine’s Day.  Well over 500 people in attendance for United Blood Services Valentines For Life Hero Awards. I’ve been the emcee of this event for five years now and, each year, I am reminded how much I love this cause. It’s about saving lives. Scott Tipton almost lost his when he responded to a domestic violence call.  As he told the emotional story on stage, you could, quite literally, hear a pin drop in the room.  He remembered arriving on scene, a woman — battered and bruised — answered the door.  Her boyfriend was sitting in his car across the parking lot.  Officer Tipton went over to that car.  Not long after, he began recording his interaction with the suspect. He played the recording of what happened next.  Gunshots.  The suspect shot at Scott Tipton 7 times.  As first responders arrived, you could hear the desperation in their voices as they worked to save him –  pleading with him to hang on. Scott Tipton — a husband, and father — did hang on.  His life was saved thanks, in part to his bullet proof vest.  But mostly, thanks to 27 strangers who donated blood. Four surgeries and nearly 30 blood transfusions later, he was able to get on with his life.  He lived to tell this incredible story. When people take time to give blood, they are doing something...