Univision San Diego Features “Food from the Heart”

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Brent Wakefield, vice president of development, Senior Community Centers, who writes about his experience sharing our mission during a recent visit to a local Spanish-language TV station.

Senior Community Centers was recently invited to appear on “Despierta San Diego,” a local TV news morning show on KBNT-TV, that exclusively delivers the news in Spanish. It was an effort to encourage the public to give financially to our organization during the holidays and to inform them of our newest initiative, “Food from the Heart.” So what better way to celebrate the season than featuring a demonstration of a simple recipe that we teach the seniors at the Gary & Mary West Wellness Senior Center.

I enlisted the help of Yolanda Maldonado, one of our amazing volunteers to accompany me to the station and participate. On the way to the station, she told me that it was her first time ever inside a TV station and it was a real treat to be able to meet the reporters who bring her the news every morning.

As we entered the studio to set-up, we were greeted by a mariachi band rehearsing before the show started. It was a great way to kick-off the morning and get us into the holiday spirit. We had a wonderful interview, sharing our Tuscan Bean Soup recipe with the viewers and Yolanda was able to express why she is involved with Senior Community Centers.

Here’s a link to our video segment so you can see our first morning show interview in Spanish. By working with KBNT-TV, we are able to share our mission with an even greater audience — to make them aware of our services and encourage them to support our organization during the holidays and throughout the year.

Also, if you’re looking for the Tuscan Bean Soup recipe, you can download the English version here and the Spanish version here.

¡Feliz Navidad!

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