Friday, June 3, 2011

Family Philanthropy: Can One Person Make A Difference? Recovering Alcoholic Inspires Hope By Funding National Health Radio Program

Family Philanthropy: Can One Person Make A Difference? Recovering Alcoholic Inspires Hope By Funding National Health Radio Program

Production team of San Francisco-based "Life Love & Health" collaborates with recovering alcoholic to craft a series of four programs to be broadcast monthly, featuring the voices of recovering alcoholics helped by LifeRing.

San Francisco CA (PRWEB) June 2, 2006

Charity begins at home, but philanthropy, that’s reserved for millionaires, right?

Not for Gillian Ellenby, artist, mother and recovering alcoholic.

“I decided to put my money where my heart is,’ said Ellenby of the Ellenby Trust, a family

Giving program. ‘And my heart is in letting the public know that real recovery from addiction is possible."

And Ellenby's method to get her words out? Life Love & Health, the nationally syndicated daily health radio program. "After hearing the show on XM Satellite Radio while driving, a light went on," said Ellenby. "I thought, 'This is the way to reach people and touch their hearts, by the millions!'"

The show's producer was touched and, frankly, a little startled by Ellenby's idea. "We've never done a series funded by an individual's philanthropy," said Christopher Springmann, Executive Producer of San Francisco-based Life Love & Health. ""Gillian is so passionate and persuasive, we all got swept up in her vision and mission."

His production team collaborated intimately with Ellenby, crafting a series of four programs to be broadcast monthly, featuring the voices of recovering alcoholics helped by LifeRing.

"The series features the compelling first-person voices of people who've been there, done that, giving the shows great authenticity and credibility," said Springmann. "Now the Ellenby Trust has achieved the same broadcast demographics plus reach-and-frequency as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, and AARP."

Ellenby is pleased with the results. "I wanted to let people know about LifeRing, the wonderfully positive support group that I have been part of for more than seven years," she said. "I was determined to make the best use of my limited resources. I knew I made the right decision when listeners started calling, asking for more information."

Life Love & Health is heard daily on XM Satellite Radio, ABC Talk, Fox, CNN, ESPN, E! Entertainment, NPR affiliates, American Forces Network and the Voice of America. For more information, visit www. lifeloveandhealth. com or contact Andrew Goldfarb.

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