Oprah’s Big Give Comes to Denver – The Affirmation Spot for Monday March 10, 2008

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April and I are reading A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. This is the latest Oprah’s Book Club selection. Oprah and the author Eckhart Tolle are hosting a 10-week online course covering this book. The next session is Monday March 10 at 9:00 eastern, 8:00 central time in the U.S. This week’s session covers chapter 2. You can register for free at Oprah.com



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oprah.jpgAfter last week’s first episode of Oprah’s Big Give, many critics expressed discomfort with people in need being “used” as part of a competitive reality TV show. Episode 2 continued to prove the critics fears are misplaced. This week people all over Denver benefited from the giving generated by the show. Real people received real help for real needs.

Big Give rolled into the Mile High City and taped the episode under tight secrecy in July, according the The Rocky Mountain News.

The nine remaining contestants had 48 hours to find someone in need in the Denver metro and “give big or go home.” With one giving experience under their belts, the contestants really cut loose to truly demonstrate their passion for and commitment to helping others.

Contestants Stephen Paletta (Contractor), Eric Klein (Model), and Cameron Johnson (self-made millionaire) teamed up to raise over $283,000 for the Denver Childrens’ Home. The donations included a new playground and cash and contractors’ time and materials to remodel the home.

Contestant Kim Prentiss worked with the Denver Broncos to identify Boys and Girls Clubs as her charity for the week. In addition to donating iPods, computers, and other goodies, she secured a football autographed (and delivered) by Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler and two of his Bronco teammates. The ball was to be given to one deserving child based on school performance.

Olusegun “Sheg” Aranmolate practiced old-fashion giving by finding individuals in need and handing out money to help them with those needs. He probably made a personal difference in the lives of more people than any other contestant this week.

However, the contestant of the week has to go to TV producer Carlana Stone. Stone found a family in need by talking to people on the street. Her target family included Blair, a 16-year-old girl, struggling with disabilities that made it impossible for her to verbally communicate with others and her older brother Bryce needing financial help for his goal to attend college.  In two days, Stone raised enough money to help the family purchase an electronic device that will allow Blair to speak to her family for the first time and additional money to be used towards helping Bryce go to college.

This week’s big twist came when Oprah asked the contestants to give away the Ford Edge they had been driving. Carlana, herself a paraplegic, had  a car specially equipped. She was able to donate her car to a paraplegic man just leaving the hospital after recovering from his injuries. The man lacked the means to purchase his own car.

Two weeks into the show and hundreds of people already helped by complete strangers on a mission to do good. I suppose the show’s critics can and will continue to attack Big Give. Let them! Real people are receiving real help for real needs. Don’t look now, but Big Give might just change the image of reality TV.

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Ray

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7 Responses to “Oprah’s Big Give Comes to Denver – The Affirmation Spot for Monday March 10, 2008”

  1. Ellen Says:

    I watched the BIG GIVE for the first time tonight (second episode)
    It makes televisions worth tuning into again. Nobody is a looser and we all are awakened to the tragic situations that are around us all ….not in another country. We are also all confronted with how easy it is to make a difference and hopefully the BIGGER result of the BIG GIVE will be more of us all looking for ways to give in our own communities and make a difference…hopefully Oprah is creating mini me’s as we watch this marvelous show…..

    Thanks from a Canadian Neighbour……

  2. Ray Davis Says:

    Ellen,

    Glad you enjoyed the post. Very well put. Remembering the tragedies around us and the enormous need for each of us to contribute whatever we are able may be the show’s greatest long-term gift.

    Ray

  3. Gwen Says:

    Great for most of the people on the show, however the army “vet” in greeley is a dead beat dad! He ows child support to 4 moms for 6 kids!
    I thought the 1st show was great and the other people worked really hard for great causes.

    Maybe these people should have time to really check out who they are helping!

    • Natalie Says:

      Hi Gwen We never officially met but Jason has 3 kids with me also. I felt the same way you did and wrote Oprah a letter. I agree Dead beat dad and he got all the glory

  4. Ray Davis Says:

    Gwen,

    Thanks for your comment. I saw something similar posted on Oprah.com about that recipient. Perhaps by you?

    Even if your accusation is true (and I certainly have no way of knowing), I still think the show’s message of helping others rings overwhelmingly positive in the wasteland of reality tv. Wouldn’t you agree?

    Ray

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  6. Denver Used Cars Says:

    Lots going on in Denver for 08. I always think the attention is nice to help the economy especially with being the #1 foreclosure capital? Yeah we could use some good pub…


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