Yum Brands chairman and CEO David Novak, center, held his annual Louisville fundraiser for hunger relief, collecting about $400,000 for World Food Programme. That money will buy 1.5 million meals for some of the poorest people on Earth. Novak was recently honored by the U.S. State Department for directing his company to provide community service worldwide. Thus far, Yum Brands has generated over $115 million for global hunger relief efforts. The theme to this October 6, 2012 fundraiser was “60s Flashback Ball.” It was grooooooovy, baby. Once again, I was the emcee for an evening of highlighting the problem, informing the guests, and auctioning items donated by friends of Yum Brands. Generous bidders went overboard for this great cause. Novak wore a long brown wig and rose colored glasses but finally had to ditch them after tripping over his wig a second time. Peace out, y’all. [Mary & Terry Meiners with David Novak]
Occasionally you will find commentaries on local issues challenging our community. The old Bauer’s restaurant near my home sits in disrepair as city leaders, preservationists, property owners, and neighbors all push their own agendas for this dilapidated building. I posted this video only to call attention to the blight, urging involved parties to at least clean up the property if, for no other reason, to respect the original owners. INSIDER LOUISVILLE article By the way, despite what the article says, I did speak with reporter Terry Boyd the next morning after he left a message. He said he would update the post but so far he has not.
Here’s another dimension to my career: endorsements.