Saturday, April 17, 2010

LaFern Cusack Takes "A" to the Fourth Power: Awards, Autism, Art and an All-Star Carnival

53rd Annual Genii Awards Honored:
LaFern Cusack, Betty White, Mary Hart,
Alana Stewart, Lindsay Soto, Lisa Foxx,
Rosemary Hernandez, Karla Keller, Wendy Burch,
Pat Harvey, Christine Devine, Dorothy Lucey and Ana Garcia
Special Guest Appearances by Ann Cusack, Maria Shriver, Jay Leno, Dr. Laura, Steve Edwards, Carole Bayer Sager and Bill Denton

American Women in Radio and Television Southern California (AWRT SoCal) 2010 Genii Awards, which was held Wednesday, April 14 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The 2010 Show marked the 53rd year of the Genii Awards produced by the non-profit organization AWRT SoCal and dedicated to recognizing the 'Best of the Best' within the media industry.

AWRT SoCal, SCBA, 710 ESPN Radio and Radio Disney AM1110




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8th Annual Walk Now For Autism in Los Angeles
Saturday, April 24th at the Rose Bowl

Dr. Paula Pompa-Craven, Easter Seals Southern California Photo ID l to r: Joey Travolta, Inclusion Films, Phillip Hain, Autism Speaks, Scott Siegel, Arrest My Sister and Michael Siegel.

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Dr. Paula Pompa-Craven, Easter Seals Southern California: 
 Dr. Paula Pompa-Craven works directly with adults who live with autism. She believes that early diagnosis and treatment are keys to success for people with autism and that these individuals may not have been institutionalized if their autism had been identified in their formative years. Every person who wants to is encouraged to participate in the April fundraising campaign at all Vons and Pavilions stores across Southern California. All monies raised go directly to services and programs that help people with disabilities and special needs.

Phillip Hain, Los Angeles Chapter of Autism Speaks: Phillip Hain is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chapter of Autism Speaksthe nation's largest autism advocacy organization, which funds research, promotes advocacy, raises awareness and empowers families and helped create the Walk Now for Autism Speaks program, which has raised more than $7 million over seven years in Los Angeles. The 8th annual Walk Now For Autism in Los Angeles takes place on Saturday, April 24th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Last year the Walk attracted 17,000 participants and raised $1.27 million for families with autism. Local community members can come out to walk and bring the whole family; for more information visit Everyone can also visit our website to make a donation of your money or time at

Joey Travolta, Inclusion Films:  Born into a show business family, Joey Travolta has been drawing extensive media attention for helping kids and adults with neuro-developmental disabilities. As a former special education teacher, blended with his vast experience over the years in the film industry, Joey has made it his mission to combine his two passions by developing film workshops and camps for kids and adults with disabilities to inspire and educate students about filmmaking. In an environment conducive for alternate learning styles, Joey's unique teaching style and expertise enables those with special needs alongside their typically developing peers the opportunity to learn about filmmaking and themselves as individuals. That emergence is now known as Inclusion Films. Everyone is invited to attend our next event on April 29 in Laguna Beach; visit for more information and

Scott Siegel, Arrest My Sister Lead Vocalist and Keyboard Player:  Scott Siegel, who is a twenty-three year old musical savant, and Crazy Tomes, an amazing guitar player with endless soul, Arrest My Sister has an extensive repertoire of original music influenced by an assorted collection of musicians. Arrest My Sister is the centerpiece of Diversity Dances, an all-inclusive multimedia event that provides opportunities for employment, education, recreation, socialization, and community building for people with and without disabilities.

Tune in Sunday, April 18, 2010 (5a-6a PST) to the Southern California Experience with LaFern Cusack or listen live online HERE:

Randy Tat and Ella Rose Tat- The Zimmer Children's Museum's showANDtell: the art of knowledge April 29- June 3, 2010

The Zimmer Children's Museum's showANDtell: the art of knowledge will be exhibiting in the Bell Family Gallery from April 29- June 3, 2010. This years' theme of "knowledge" inspired our artists and many chose to incorporate objects associated with school and education: a globe, book, pencil, ruler, light bulb, a dictionary. The collection is original, thoughtful and often playful.

Randy Tat is a graduate of the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle, where he studied art and design as well as architecture. Specializing in mixed media, including water colors, oils, pastels, pencil and acrylic, using oversized, 6 ft. x 5 ft. canvases, Randy's "Tat on the Wall" multimedia exhibits have been shown at prestigious galleries such as the Blueprint and King Road Art Galleries in W. Hollywood, The Art Gallery in Beverly Hills, The Studio in Sherman Oaks, the Retrospective Galleries in La Jolla and San Diego and the Matsky Gallery in Seattle, WA.

Tat works in geometric, abstract graphics and collages, with moving shapes and pieces, presented in a three-dimensional setting with a depth, substance and intrigue emphasizing his architectural studies. He has sold more than 150 individual pieces to collectors, along with countless commissioned works. His limited edition '90s lithograph, "Living on the Ceiling," sold 250 out of 300 in the series.

The mission of the Zimmer Children's Museum is to provide interactive learning opportunities for children and families that incorporate core Jewish values and traditions and that encourage visitors from varied backgrounds to discover shared ideals.

Tune in Sunday, April 18, 2010 (5a-6a PST) to the Southern California Experience with LaFern Cusack or listen live online HERE:

Leticia Rhi Buckley Children's Cancer Research Fund, Kids 4 Kids 5k Run/walk and All-Star Carnival, Sunday, April 25, 2010 at L.A. LIVE
(across from STAPLES Center)

Benefiting the Children's Cancer Research Fund, the Kids 4 Kids 5k Run/Walk and All-Star Carnival was created in response to the incredible generosity of children wanting to help other children with cancer. The Kids 4 Kids Run/Walk empowers them to take immediate action to help find a cure while bringing together friends and family for a fun day of activity an entertainment.
National Spokespersons Team for the
5th Annual Kids 4 Kids Run/Walk

The All-Star Carnival includes finish line entertainment, rides and game booths staffed by celebrities and athletes. National Spokespersons Team for the 5th Annual Kids 4 Kids Run/Walk include: (Photo ID: Left to Right) Emma Roberts, "Valentine's Day;" Jordan Farmar, Los Angeles Lakers; Luc Robitaille, President, Business Operations for Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club; Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy; Michael Cooper, Head Coach,USC Women's Basketball, Former Head Coach, Los Angeles Sparks, Former NBA Player, Los Angeles Lakers; Noelle Quinn, Los Angeles Sparks Guard and Former UCLA All-American; and Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers.

Advance registration fee: $10 (under 18) and $25 (18 and over) On-site registration fee: $20 (under 18) and $35 (18 and over) Online registration available at

Established in 1987, CCRF is dedicated to providing national support for clinical research in pediatric cancer, while improving the medical environment for all children. A Healthier and Happier tomorrow is the mission and promise of Children's Cancer Research Fund to children and their parents everywhere.

to see self-progression and to serve others.   Jason David's Corner Foundation mission is to increase the awareness about the treatment, research and ultimate cure of Kidney diseases and conduct related fundraising events.


Jason David's Corner Foundation: 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic, Friday, June 25, 2010 in Simi Valley at the Lost Canyons Golf Club

5th Annual NFL Youth Football Skills Camp, Saturday, June 26, 2010 at Charter Oak High School
After two years in the NFL Jason David realized that other than his high school coaches, mother and sister who guided him along his way, he never had anyone speak to him and influence his life giving him hope to follow his dreams and not give up when things did not go as planned.

He felt that it was his obligation as an NFL player and magnified role model to reach out to as many children as possible and give them this guidance and hope. He saw a youth football skills camp as a perfect opportunity to utilize his strengths as an attempt to impact his community. Jason is a determined, strong willed and charismatic individual who lives

** New this year...the Golf Ball DROP Fundraiser!**
Volunteers wanted for the Celebrity Golf Classic and/or the Youth Football Skills Camp!!

Individual Golfers / Foursomes / Celebrity Foursomes
Golfers will sign up as 3 and the 4th person will be an assigned celebrity.
Last year's celebrities were NFL players Jason David, Kevin Kaesviharn, Courtney Roby,
Von Hutchins, William R. Smith, Mike Doss, and JoLonn Dunbar.  Phillip Palmer
, ABC7 news anchor, Jay Johnstone, former major league baseball, Troy Grant, Golf Pro, Ken Greene, former NFL/Amazing Race Finalist, Tina Greene, Amazing Race Finalist,
Tracy Muray, NBA and Nicky McCrimmon WNBA.

The main goal of JDCF's camp is to host an annual free of charge football skills camp in order to demonstrate football fundamentals and the importance of a hard work ethic and service learning on and off the field. The main goal of the Annual Celebrity Golf Classic is to bring attention to local and surrounding community businesses and individuals who like to golf, network and give back to their community. Covina is a small town and we would like to get the city members involved in a big cause! For more information contact us on Facebook Jason Davids Corner or visit


Kevin Wall, The Dow Live Earth Run for Water, April 18, 2010

Events are taking place in more than 100 cities worldwide including 5 in the U.S. (Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York)

Founded by Emmy-winning producer Kevin Wall, Live Earth was built upon the belief that entertainment has the power to transcend social and cultural barriers to move the world community to action.

A for-profit company, Live Earth seeks to leverage the power of entertainment through integrated events, media and the live experience to ignite a global movement aimed at solving the most critical environmental issues of our time. More information can be found at

What: The Dow Live Earth Run for Water is a series of 6km (3/7 miles) run/walks featuring water education villages and live music performances taking place in more than 100 cities around the world to help raise money and awareness to solve the global water crisis

Why: The global water crisis is an issue that affects all of us today nearly one billion people lack access to clean, safe drinking and by 2025 it's predicted that 2/3 of us will be living in water stressed areas but there are things we can do to manage this crisis

Where: Events are taking place in more than 100 cities worldwide including 5 in the U.S. (Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York)

Who: We have support of some of the biggest names in the music business who will be performing and/or running on April 18th - Alexandra Cousteau, Collective Soul, Melissa Etheridge, Jenny Fletcher, Kara Goucher, Carl Lewis, Sam Moore, Rob Thomas, and Pete Wentz.

How can people register See our registration site  


Henry K. Priest, "Beyond the Mat"

Beyond the Mat is the next classic sports movie. It has the best elements of an edge of your seat sports movie, where the underdog must rise to the challenge, but with a new modern twist.

Imagine Friday Night Lights but on the wrestling mat. Not just a sports story... Not just a love story... Beyond the Mat was chosen out of thousands of scripts in 2007 to be an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival All Access Program. Currently in the final stages of post production, the target completion date for Beyond the Mat is April of 2010. Tribeca Film Festival will host the World Premiere in New York.


The wrestling community in the US is 30,000,000 strong! Our project is endorsed by USA Wrestling, the governing body of the US Olympic Wrestling Team. The organization produces over 1,700 wrestling tournaments across the country, per year. We are also proud to be endorsed by the National High School Coaches Association which produces the Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior National Championships, among many other high profile sports tournaments. We are very grateful to the southern California wrestling community and the entire wrestling community across the country! Check Out Beyond The Mat On Facebook!


Scott Tanner, Director of Sport Development and Splashball-
Youth Water Polo Program Brings Fun and Teamwork for Beginning Swimmers.

USAWP and Disney Sports will present the inaugural Splashball TM Festival scheduled for June 18-20 in Anaheim, California.

USA Water Polo announced the national roll-out of Splashball TM a new recreational program for young people designed to foster strong aquatic skills for beginning swimmers in a safe, fun environment. Aimed at children aged 5-9, Splashball TM uses flotation, shallow pools and other kid-friendly elements to allow players to graduate to a friendly version of water polo directly from swim lessons.


A key component of Splashball TM is its partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance. PCA is a nationally recognized program that emphasizes the value of sport to teach life lessons as well as competitive experience. Through PCA principles, Splashball TM will promote the values of effort and learning necessary to achieve mastery. Splashball TM also adopts the PCA magic formula of surrounding every constructive criticism with at least five positive ones.

Unlike highly competitive water polo programs for older players, Splashball TM emphasizes: - Mastering skills and having fun over keeping score - The joy of exerting effort to improve - The fun of learning new things and mastering them - Positive reinforcement to reward effort. Teaching that mistakes are "OK" if we learn from them USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters Championships. With more than 35,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 tournaments nationwide.

USAWP is committed to the development of the sport nationwide. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials. For information on how to register teams and players visit



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LaFern Cusack currently produces and hosts 710 ESPN's Experience (Sun. 5a-6a) and Radio Disney AM1110 Playground (Sun 6:30a-7a). With these shows LaFern delivers an inspiring, dynamic and insightful experience to listeners. She brings her humor, warmth and talent for tackling topical community issues with her unique style connecting with every aspect of the show.

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