Inside MEND

A Video Visit with Lenchita’s

The GMP Team at Lenchita's

Last month the Greatest MEND Podcast team expanded beyond their usual audio podcast into video production. For their video debut, the team filmed a visit with Lenchita’s, a family-run restaurant nestled in the heart of Pacoima.

GMP’s roving reporters of Pacoima consist of Daniela, Angelica, Victoria, and Estuardo, also known as D.A.V.E. They were assisted by cameraman Laz Meiman and producer and mentor Betsy Foldes Meiman. They offer thanks to Norma Benitez for setting up the interview, and to Lenchita’s Alvina and Firenzia for a fun afternoon and wonderful food.


Asking Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) All the Wrong Questions

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Earlier this year, the Greatest MEND Podcast team had the opportunity to ask fish killer and author Daniel Handler—aka Lemony Snicket—All the Wrong Questions. Between swimming in the San Francisco Bay and making beet soup, he spoke on the telephone with GMP team members Daniela Catalan, Angie Benitez, Victoria Benitez, and Estuardo Rodas—aka D.A.V.E.

Though Mr. Handler is a wanted man, he found time to discuss cutting off little bits of people’s personalities, bullying versus being bullied, and cryptozoology. He also fielded questions about his many books, including “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “All the Wrong Questions.”

Mr. Handler lives in San Francisco with his 12-year-old son, Otto, who may or may not be a father, and his wife, artist Lisa Brown. Learn more about him on his website, All the Wrong Questions. It’s fun!  Even if you think you know his work already, Google him! Mysterious! Shadowy! Delightful!

Daniela Catalan hosts.

Photo by Michael Huang


Shine Like the Stars at MEND’s 7th Annual Academy Awards Gala

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Is watching the Academy Awards at home a little too dull for you? Are you looking for a way to help support MEND, the 2012 California’s nonprofit of the year? Then do both by joining us at a very special celebration of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony at MEND’s 7th Annual Gala of Glitz, Glamour & Giving.

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, you are invited to take part with other MEND supporters in a special viewing of the ABC 7 broadcast of the Academy Awards at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood. Proceeds from the event benefit MEND, which at last year’s viewing party raised over $300,000.

Carrie Jones (Right) and MEND Co-Founders , Ed and Carolyn Rose

Carrie Jones (Right) and MEND Co-Founders , Ed and Carolyn Rose

As MEND’s guest, you’ll have a chance to experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as you and your guests walk the red carpet into the beautiful Globe Theatre. Once inside, you’ll be able to cast your own awards ballot, enjoy spectacular hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, take part in live and silent auctions, and dine with friends while watching the awards ceremony on giant screens surrounding the ballroom.

MEND’s annual awards viewing event drew over 450 attendees from near and far in 2016. As photographs from last year’s event attest, it was a memorable night for those who attended. Tickets are expected to sell out fast for this month’s gala. Ready to buy your tickets? Purchase online now.

Sponsors: Contact Nene Ogbechie at (818) 686-7335 or sponsorships@mendpoverty.org to learn about exciting sponsorship opportunities.

MEND’S 7th Annual Academy Awards Gala is made possible by the following generous sponsors:

PRESENTING SPONSOR – HERITAGE PROVIDER NETWORK, INC.

BEST PICTURE SPONSOR – HEALTH NET OF CALIFORNIA

PRODUCER SPONSORS
ABC7
DISNEY WORLDWIDE SERVICES
KAISER PERMANENTE
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD’S DISCOVER A STAR FOUNDATION
WALMART

DIRECTOR SPONSORS
ACE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES, INC. 
BANK OF AMERICA
FOX ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
HOMESTREET BANK
PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER
RAYMOND HANDLING SOLUTIONS
WELLS FARGO


Thanksgiving Podcast: Bird Is the Word

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In this holiday edition of the Greatest MEND Podcast, the newest member of the GMP team, Estuardo Rodas, tries out his hosting chops! Angie Bee, AKA Benitez the Elder, clues us in as to why the Plymouth settlement succeeded and the Jamestown settlement failed, even though Jamestown had climate on their side. Daniela Catalan reveals the unknown Squanto. Victoria Benitez (“the younger”) may make your tummy rumble in Thanksgiving anticipation. And Estuardo uncovers the Turkey in the Straw.

The GMP team reports to you with an attitude of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo by Steve Voght.


Podcast: A Visit with Sylvia Lopez and CBS 2 News

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This month, Angie Benitez hosts a very special episode of the Greatest Mend Podcast (GMP). Sylvia Lopez retired last April after nearly 30 years as a reporter and anchor for KCAL 9 and CBS 2. She recently took time off from her heavy course load at CSUN, where she is earning a master’s degree in public health (retirement pshaw!), to bring the GMP team to the station to see how how a newcast happens. The whole CBS 2 crew, from the doorman to the director, gave generously of their time and skills.

Thank you, Sylvia! The GMP team hopes to interview you again in your new public health career!