Category Archives: Philanthropy

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 – CJ By Cookie Johnson


CJ by Cookie Johnson celebrated her 5th anniversary of the launch of her jeans.  Maria interviewed the creator at her anniversary party.  Cookie’s husband, Magic Johnson surprised her with a cake and a visit, graciously posing for photos and signing autographs to support his wife’s milestone. 


A portion of the proceeds of the sales goes to benefit the Magic Johnson Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative. The foundation supports community programs that involve the awareness, education and prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Click here for Cookie’s website.  Click the player below to listen to the interview.




Monday, February 10th, 2014 – Oceana – Shark finning

shark fins100 Million sharks are killed every year through the barbaric process of shark finning.  That is the slicing off of a shark’s fins and throwing the live shark back into the ocean in order to supply the demand for shark fin soup.


Please join Maria as she visits with Dr. Geoff Shester, California Program Director of Oceana as he explains how this is affecting the ecosystem of our oceans.

 Click here for Oceana’s website. 

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 – Genital Integrity

Intactivism involves activists who are passionate about protecting genital integrity for both newborn boys and girls.  Harvard Law School graduate, J. Steven Svoboda joins Maria to talk about the history of circumcision and the work that the organization which he founded in 1997, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, has accomplished.  Complete with a summation of the major breakthroughs that were experienced in 2013 for the movement towards worldwide genital integrity. 

Click here for Steven’s website.  


Friday, December 20th, 2013 – Ryan Glatt – California Luthern University

RyanGlattHelping Haitians still struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake, a crowdfunding project is sending 12 students to Haiti to help implement sustainable agriculture practices.  Please join California Lutheran University student Ryan Glatt as he visits with Maria about the inspiration of the trip, the mission, the collaborators and how they will be spending their time. 

You may also call Ryan at 805.231.7339 for more information.


Click to learn more & donate here.



Thursday, November 14th, 2013 – Cancer Support Community

The Cancer Support Community provides a wealth of services to their clients all without charging for their myriad of programs.  Please learn more about what they do as volunteer Andrea Roschke visits with Maria how the community helped her during her husband’s struggle with cancer.  There are numerous events to assist with raising the very necessary funds including this year’s 22nd annual Holiday Homes Tours on Saturday/Sunday.  December 7th and 8th, 2013. 


Click here for more information, to purchase tickets, to donate, to volunteer.


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