I recently returned from London where I had the most epic British birthday bash. I was blessed to be surrounded by loved ones, my partner and a few friends who traveled from all over to celebrate with me. There were a number of memorable moments. There was that beautiful evening grabbing Indian food at Masala Zone in Camden with Patric, Anne and Chris. There was that crazy night out meeting those wacky cats, Michael and Kieran at the Elephant's Head and grabbing pints with Pete and Gavin in SoHo. Then there was that serendipitous moment when I met Georgina in the wee early hours of my birthday at the hotel lobby of the Holiday Inn Camden Lock. Georgina runs an organization called Turn Lights On, a movement striving to improve people's lives by giving one tools to help them live in the moment. We immediately clicked as I found another visionary on the same journey to make a positive impact in the world. Blessed with this time in London, I was also fully aware of those who weren't as fortunate; people like my friends in Ecuador who don't have clean water. I thank all my loved ones who gave to the cause as the Do-Gooder shirt continues to travel the world raising funds for our friends in need. You can learn more about Clear Water and make a donation here.
THE GOOD GOSSIP GIRL: YVONNE ELMASRI
Yvonne Elmasri, Founder of PynkCelebrity and I met a few years ago while we were volunteering our time to support a fellow Do-Gooder, Kimberly Moore and her organization Adopt A Letter; an organization dear to Yvonne's heart who she has passionately supported through PynkCelebrity. At this event, Yvonne and I had the privilege to pass out Christmas presents to underprivileged youth all over South Central Los Angeles; kids who may not have had a Christmas if it were not for Adopt A Letter. Yvonne has continued to support and promote the organization through PynkCelebrity lending her time and her heart.
Yvonne has an extensive entertainment history working for such companies as The Examiner and Rick Dees Entertainment. As years passed, she realized that there was a lack of positive and inspiring content in entertainment news. She asked "Why isn't there more news on the good that celebrities do in the world?" From this burning question, PynkCelebrity.com was born in 2009. Today PynkCelebrity is a refreshing alternative to the salacious gossip that dominates the Hollywood mainstream.
In the following Do-Gooder audio interview, Yvonne shares with us a little bit about her journey with PynkCelebrity:
Do-Gooder would like to thank Yvonne for all the inspiring work she's doing through PynkCelebrity and supporting Do-Gooder's mission to bring clean water to people in Ecuador who live with cancer related diseases from decades of environmental contamination by powerful oil companies. You can learn more about this in the short Do-Gooder documentary The Messenger where DG traveled to Ecuador to meet with the victims and hear their stories of hardship. You can also help as well by making a donation here. Anything helps. Thank you!
I met Tina D'Elia a few years ago right before she was cast as a Social Worker in The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith. Tina is a professional actor in the SF Bay Area and owner of Tina D'Elia Consulting. She is a performance coach, acting/public speaking workshop leader, and does casting for tv/film. Tina is also a wonderful human being who cares a great deal for the underdogs of the world, which is clear by her work with the LGBT community; specifically on transgender issues. We sat down with Tina to discuss her current one woman show The Rita Hayworth of this Generation, her recent work on the Netflix series Sense8 and to catch up on her colorful life.
DG: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how it influences your work?
TD: My parents were poets. My mother is mixed-race Mexican and German and grew up in Cali Columbia and my father is Italian. We connected and celebrated together through the arts, so whether we were dancing around the house, playing musical instruments or writing, we were always doing something creative.
As a writer, the political satires of the Marx Brothers and Tom Lehrer had a great influence on me. I was also influenced by old Hollywood greats such as Katherine Hepburn and Rita Hayworth. Part of my fascination with Hayworth was my desire to learn more about my Latin roots. She was of Spanish heritage and possibly Romani as well. I studied Hayworth thoroughly and started writing my own versions of a queer Latina mixed-race protagonist that later became what is my solo show, The Rita Hayworth of this Generation.
DG: Can you tell me a little bit about what inspires you as an artist? What gets you motivated and out of bed?
TD: Gratitude, wanting to work hard, the desire to move my body and exercise, social justice/political activism, family and friends. So many things!
DG: You've been a powerful advocate/artist in the San Francisco LGBT community; specifically with the transgender community. Can you share with us how this came about? What are some common misunderstandings that people have about the transgender community?
TD: I am humbled that you feel this way. I have to speak up! It's about life, purpose and responsibility. Dr. Martin Luther King said, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Even something that may seem as small as reaching out to transgender and non-gender confirming artists to audition for roles in tv/film/theater for me is pivotal to change the landscape of cisgender* casting. (Cisgender is a word that applies to the vast majority of people, describing a person who is not transgender. If a doctor announces, “It’s a girl!” in the delivery room based on the child’s body and that baby grows up to identify as a woman, that person is cisgender. Similarly, a baby designated male in the delivery room who grows up to identify as a man is cisgender. This is the case for about 99% of the population, at least according to the best available statistics. - Time Magazine, Dec. 24, 2014)
I really feel some common misunderstandings is this disconnect between a cisgender person’s life that is so removed from a trans person’s life. Since this cisgender culture is already rooted in patriarchy and transphobia and being in a gender binary society, it takes a desire to learn, a true love of humanity, a desire to be curious and not spend time in what a mainstream media cultural feeds us.
If I’m in isolation and letting a cisgender binary culture dictate casting, then there is no progress, no movement. So I reach out to my friends and organizations. I talk to folks face to face and connect with other people. I go see trans folks perform, build connections and network. When I was younger in my 20’s, I knew I was disconnected to the trans communities as a cisgender queer person. When I moved to the Bay Area I started working at Community United Against Violence (CUAV) and proudly worked there for 10 years. I was excited that my life was changing, my communities were growing, and the relationships I was building with people were changing my life.
DG: I saw you recently in Sense8! For those who don't know, it's a new Netflix series from the Wachowskis, makers of the Matrix. It's about 8 strangers who are mentally and emotionally linked. One of the characters is transgender. You did an amazing job! Can you share with us a little bit about the show and your experience working on it and working with the Wachowskis?
TD: Thank you Tony. It was an honor to work on Sense8. I think Sense8 is a great TV series and is helping to change the landscape of having diverse central characters, actors, and story be at the center of the series. It was a pleasure and honor to work with The Wachowskis. The environment on set was comfortable, fun, and there was room as actors to be creative and improvise.
DG: You've created and performed a one-woman show- The Rita Hayworth of this Generation. Can you tell us about this project and the inspiration?
TD: So as I mentioned earlier I researched for other Old Hollywood role models and found that Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918. She was born of Spanish heritage on her father's side but was whitewashed to fit an anglo appearance in Hollywood. However, despite that, Hayworth lived being mixed heritage and wanted to be in charge of her career, so she formed her own film production company. She made choices to star in roles that were not just about dancing and singing and a girl "getting married". At a very young age, she was dancing. She worked hard and sacrificed for her family. I was influenced to write a solo show to exemplify the myth and distorted dreams that some artists have today believing that becoming a celebrity will be the answer to all of their problems. Rita Hayworth knew fame didn’t bring her happiness or love. My show tackles these issues.
DG: What has been the most challenging part of your journey as an artist? What has been the most rewarding?
TD: I think the most challenging part of the journey is to wearing many hats as an artistic director, a performer, and a writer. Having the time to do it all of it while working at the same time can be arduous.
The best part of the journey has been working in a community and supportive team. I love everyone I get to work with on Rita. And working with my friend and director Mary Guzman for 6 years on this show has been a true blessing and joy.
One of the best parts of this show is creating original music and songs. I challenged myself to write lyrics and worked with composers and a sound engineer as well. My father, Dr. John D’ Elia also wrote lyrics to songs and composed piano music for the show. He’s almost 80. He is irreplaceable. I’m so moved and grateful.
DG: Can you pass down some words wisdom in your journey as an activist/artist?
TD: I cannot underscore enough that if you have a story to tell and want to tell it, don’t stop, find a way to do so. Maybe your play becomes a film. Maybe your poem becomes a song. Maybe your dream becomes a painting. Find your love and pursue it.
DG: Any final thoughts?
TD: Yes! Hear speakers, read books written by trans folks, see films directed by trans folks, and starring trans folks. Go to the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival in November at the Roxy Cinema. Be curious and have the desire to have to connect outside of a cisgender bubble.
I will also be performing my one-woman show at The San Francisco Fringe Festival this September. Here is the link to the show on the SF Fringe website and how to get tickets in advance....
LEO TEJEDA- GOOD DRINKS, GOOD CAUSE
Four years ago, I met Leo while I was visiting Puerto Vallarta with my sister on a "get the hell outta dodge" weekend. Leo owns Sama, a local gay bar and popular PV establishment for the last 5 years. It's a cozy little place tucked away on the south end of old Puerto Vallarta. Sama serves up the tastiest cocktails which Leo takes much pride in cultivating. He mixes the experience with a splash of your favorite pop tunes ranging anywhere from retro 80s music to current artists such as Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea.
A few highlights about Sama: There's this beautiful feeling that you've come home like an old familiar friend you don't talk to for months but when you walk in the door it's like not a day has passed. You're also going to make friends. It can be an old queen harking to the glory days when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton ruled Puerto Vallarta to a group of German tourists checking out the Mexican talent. Either way, you'll definitely have a story to talk about when you go home. It's an eclectic space set up to encourage engagement and celebrate diversity.
Leo opened Sama for his love of people but his greatest pursuit is to help the community. "In 10 years that I've lived here, I've always wanted to help an organization, but I don't believe in some because you help them but you really don't know where the money is going. I wanted to help the people directly". So, on Sama's 5th Anniversary, Leo did just that and held an open bar for those who came and donated to his toy drive. "Something about it made me so emotional because to do something like this was priceless. In one day we brought in 80 to 90 toys and those toys we gave away to the children on the street who sell chicklets and flowers. And to see them smiling, there are no words." Through his future endeavors, Leo will continue his do-gooder path helping as many children as he can in Puerto Vallarta.
- Tony Cruz, Do-Gooder Founder
SIMON QUARTERMAN- ACTOR
Earlier this year, I met actor, Simon Quarterman when I was visiting a friend of mine who works for a film producer in Los Angeles. Simon was preparing to head off to the gym when we crossed paths. We had a brief conversation which later would become a number of conversations about life, dreams and spirituality. It quickly became evident to me that Simon was not the misguided fame hungry Hollywood type. He's grounded, has a huge heart and a desire to spread goodness in the world. Do-Gooder is thrilled that he has lent himself as a support for our work and to help raise funds for our friends in Ecuador.
Next month, Simon will be filming a series for HBO called Westworld working with such great actors as Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, James Marsden, and Evan Rachel Wood. Simon's most notable work was playing a young priest conducting exorcisms in the film The Devil Inside. Do-Gooder interviewed Simon and below is a sample of the interview. The full interview can be found on our homepage.
Please help us keep the ball rolling and raise funds for our friends in Ecuador who need clean water. You can make a donation here. Any amount is appreciated. Thank you!
- Tony Cruz, Do-Gooder Founder
JASON PIZZINO- the case for carbs
In 2011, I met Jason Pizzino, a personal trainer from Australia, while I was traveling in Ecuador to document and help those affected by Chevron's pollution in the Amazon. Jason was on a South American holiday with some buddies when we met at a hostel in the capital of Quito. After just witnessing the pollution in the Amazon, it was nice to be able to share the story of this environmental battle to those who were not aware of the case. But it was also good to decompress. We had an amazing night out in Quito and have not seen each other since until now. Jason is a huge proponent of living a clean and healthy life. In our current culture where meat is highly touted to build muscle and lose weight, Jason challenges this paradigm and advocates for a high carb/vegan diet instead. We discussed his reasons over dinner where he touched on issues of environmental sustainability to personal health and wellness. Meanwhile, I couldn't help but feel like a bit of a schmuck as I stared down a massive pork chop in front of me. But this is what friends do: we challenge each other's ideas and try to take away something valuable and hopefully be better stewards in the world. It was food for thought. Jason blogs on clean eating but also tackles other relevant issues related to living a balanced life as well. Here are some examples:
A huge thanks to Jason for supporting Do-Gooder in helping bring clean water to our friends in Ecuador! If you are interested in making a donation, you can do so here.
- Tony Cruz, Do-Gooder Founder
DANIEL SABAN - CAMERAMAN WITH A CAUSE
I first met Dan in college when he was working a Catholic youth group kiosk at University of Wisconsin-Madison. I still remember his bright eyed outlook on the world. We've been best friends ever since and have been there for each other through some the hardest times of our lives. Through breakups and breakthroughs to triumphs and tragedies, Dan has seen it all. And now we're here on the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia, signing the Do-Gooder shirt to help our friends in Ecuador and it still feels like we're still those two college kids who never gave up; hyper, enthusiastic and still out to change the world. It's rare when you find a brother in life who has the same passion to use creativity for good and to touch people's lives.
Dan is the production manager for Transverb Studios in Brisbane, Australia, and his story begins with music. He fell absolutely and utterly in love with music as a kid. "I remember sneaking down to an old piano in my grandmothers house and spending hours playing. It was the beginning of a love affair that has never ended.”
Twenty years later Dan attended audio engineering school in Texas. “I had the privilege of taking a couple sound engineering classes taught by Les Williams who is a brilliant engineer and teacher; his credits include working with The Steve Miller Band and Willie Nelson." During this time, his passion for music collided with the science of sound recording and he has been producing music to this day.
It was in his late twenties, Dan picked up a camera and discovered a new creative medium: film production. On his first job, he set out to film a promotional documentary in Africa. "It was an exhilarating feeling to be filming Masai warriors, elephants on safari and the beautiful smiles of the people of Uganda and Kenya. I came back home, locked myself in a room for a week with my laptop and came out with video which really moved me. It was a magical experience.”
Since then Dan has travelled around the world making documentary films but he has also maintained a close relationship with his contacts in Australia. “I work with some of the best organizations in world. These are people who care about what they are doing and are looking to make a positive difference in the world. That gives me a great sense of connectivity and gratitude.” In 2013, Dan produced a promotional video for He Cares Foundation, an organization that serves to help homeless street children in the Manila:
If you would like to make a donation to the He Cares Foundation you can do so here.
Dan is working with Do-Gooder on a variety of projects as we travel the world striving to tell compelling and inspiring stories and help those in need. His positive energy is infectious. His kindness knows no bounds. We'll do great things Danny Boy!
- Tony Cruz, Do-Gooder Founder
Do-Gooder Founder- Tony Cruz
I love to travel. I have been humbled with the ability to see the world. It's been a privilege and blessing. One of the questions I'm always asked by friends and family is "How are people different?" And what I've learned is that we really aren't. We all want the same things. We dream. We want love. We want peace and happiness. But unfortunately there are people in the world who live in such dire straights that their hope for happiness is greatly diminished because of a simple lack of something we take for granted every day: clean water. This is the reality for Do-Gooder's friends in Ecuador who live with decades of environmental contamination. I've witnessed their suffering and it is a burden that no one should ever have to bear. Unspeakable lives lost, families destroyed, and all for oil. Oil.
So I had this idea a while back. "What if we sent a shirt out there into the world to raise $$$ for families in Ecuador. With all of the love and good intentions, could a simple t-shirt make a difference? Would people care? Would they give? Could you rally people behind a t-shirt?" And the answer in my gut was "Yes! Just put it out in the world, let it go, and it will all fall into place!"
So here we are. The first log of our humble beginnings of the journey of our little Do-Gooder t-shirt. Starting today, Do-Gooder will embark on a tour across the world sharing the story of our friends in Ecuador fighting for their lives and also documenting stories of other unsung tireless heroes who are currently changing the world in their communities everyday; individuals who have dealt with their share of challenges and who have gone unnoticed until now. Everyday people will have an opportunity to sign the DG shirt, donate to the cause, and share their experience through a blog, photo or video. The t-shirt will be a symbol of hope that will travel the globe and later offered to one of the Ecuadorean families to let them know that they have not been forgotten. So, it begins ... on the Gold Coast of Australia........
You can learn more about the plight of our friends in Ecuador and make a donation here. Any amount helps! For every $1400 raised, we can provide a family clean water for a lifetime. So... to my family and all the friends I've met along the way, I want to say thank you. You were my inspiration. This video is for you..
I’m a parent. It’s been at least 4,000 days since I last sat quietly somewhere and had an uninterrupted thought. I just brought my 2 kids (9 and 6 years old) home from karate lessons and thought I’d take a minute to write to you: my fellow parents. I imagine all of you out there. Some of you are chasing toddlers determined to run out in front of traffic. Some of you are tucking your little ones gently into bed. Some of you are yelling at the top of your lungs, “Hit your brother one more time and I WILL SEND YOU TO A WORK CAMP IN SIBERIA!!!” Some of you feel blessed and lucky to have the opportunity to raise these wonderful little humans. Some of you are wondering how you ever let this happen to you and whether you will ever feel happy again. I have experienced all of these things and many more. My hope is to support other parents as they go through these ups and downs.
There are so many experts out there in the world who can tell you how to be a better parent. There are studies and panels and books and articles. I’ve been a parent for nine years and I was a nanny for another 15 years before that. In all those years I have learned one thing: I will never truly be an expert. Parenting isn’t like learning to ride a bike. It’s maybe like speaking a second language. You can become pretty fluent but there will always be dialects and idioms that throw you. I am still learning so much, every day. My kids are my teachers.
If there’s one thing that I’ve (re)learned lately it’s this: Stop Making it All About Me. When my kid gives me attitude in the grocery store and I get dirty looks from the lady ahead of me in the grocery line, my embarrassment can make me turn it into my own personal failure. It makes me want to get away from the situation rather than deal with it effectively. Kids push limits. They misbehave. It’s normal, healthy, and exhausting and insanely embarrassing. But it’s not about us, even when it is. Do you follow me? When I remind myself that it’s a teaching moment and not about making me look good or bad in front of other people, I handle it better. I deal with the behavior without losing my temper or caving in. Other people will always judge us. Let them. It’s not about them either. It’s about kids learning what’s ok. They need to learn self-control and respect, and doing it wrong is part of that process. So that’s it. That’s my wisdom. We’re all in this together!
- Kirsten Perridge
Last year, I traveled to Argentina and I met a young and vibrant tour guide by the name of Angeles Muzio. Angeles worked at Biking Buenos Aires, a company operated by two guys from Colorado. It was such a stellar find and they treated me like family. The tour was remarkable and Angeles was one of their best: bright, articulate and with such a passion for Buenos Aires and her culture. We biked through the beautiful San Telmo/”Old Town” and saw its colorful cafes and farmers markets. We stopped by the Plaza de Mayo where Evita gave her famous speech. And then we treated ourselves to some good ole traditional Argentinian mate. During the break, I shared with her a little bit about Do-Gooder and our mission to harness the power of good in everyone. She lit up and immediately connected to our mission! Angeles is a do-gooder whose passion is to educate people on the power of a raw-vegan lifestyle. We sat down and talked about her mission to bring clean food to the world.
DG: Tell us how you got involved in the clean food movement?
AM:My raw-vegan lifestyle came to me from the sky. It started at a detox retreat where I worked as a volunteer last summer. It was a process. At first, I quit eating meat. Then I became a vegetarian/vegan and then from one day to the another and 2 months later, I became raw/vegan. I was into this!
DG: Was there someone in particular who inspired you?
AM: Some years ago I met a very special human being; one of those angels the universe sends you. His name is Christian Sacomani, a Specialist in Neural Therapy (or known also as Neural Medicine). I went with him trying to cure a pain in my hip that I had for several years (the reason I quitted dancing, a previous passion of mine). Suddenly I started this newfound way of auto-discovery, which helped me locate toxins still hidden in my cells. In order to restore/reboot my system, Christian always recommended that I try a cleaning/detox diet. He mentioned a Nestor Palmetti and the Espacio Depurativo, a detox retreat resort in Cordoba. Palmetti learned firsthand many ways of curing a lot of degenerative diseases through deep organism cleaning, and by liver, kidney and colon detox, and ultimately followed by a raw-vegan diet.
In July 2014, my father was diagnosed with Cancer, and I was looking for alternative ways to treat him. My father wouldn't change his diet, so I found that apricot seeds were used in the Cancer treatment, so I went and bought them in a shop where products were coming from the same detox clinic in Cordoba. Christian would always talk about it. A lady who owned the shop had been there some time as a patient where she also treated herself. So, I started emailing them thinking it would be a good place for my father to go and clean himself; a place to help reestablish the order of his body, and eliminate the Cancer cells. Unfortunately he was too stubborn and his cancer too advanced. So, I thought I could at least try the process myself, and then maybe with all this information help my father in his treatment. The following summer, I signed myself up as a volunteer, for their exchange program.
DG: Why is this issue important to you?
AM: I realized what a powerful tool we have in our own hands: to take control of our own health and well-being. It's an important issue to spread around because one of the reasons why people are not taking advantage of this natural method to recover and maintain their health is due to the lack of information and powerful special interests in the medical and pharmacology industries. Natural methods are also underrated and do not get support from the medical community for obvious reasons.
We must understand we are owners and responsible for our own bodies and health, and that every disease is a disorder, produced not by destiny, God, luck or lack of it, genes, etc, but by ourselves. Thus, if we are responsible for this disorder because of such things as pollution and the amount of toxins accumulated in industrialized products (i.e. processed food, chemicals in antibiotics, medicines, excess of wheat, dairy, soy, refined sugar, HFCS, and animal protein) , we also have the power to solve this issue. Putting our health in the hands of someone else and focusing on fixing the problem instead of preventing it has led us to where we are.
INFORMATION must flow
ALTERNATIVES are there for us
NATURE has all the answers
PARADIGMS are making us slaves and need to be demolished!
DG: Is Argentina on board with the sustainable food movement?
AM: Argentina has no government policy and support for sustainable food yet. We are best known for meat, ice cream, and pastries, so the common diet includes very few raw options. Monsanto is still leading the business, cigarettes are very cheap, and in hospitals the meals provided to patients have almost no fresh veggies. Everything is upside down in our system and contributes to health disorder and not clear ideas, BUT the people are becoming more and more conscious and interested about REAL health, sustainable food, sustainable energy, spiritual awakening, etc. Raw-vegan diet is still not very common or well known, but vegan is a boom nowadays , so next step will be raw I guess. I feel very positive about the future.
DG: Tell us more about the project and ways people can get involved?
AM: Mashamour (coming from the popular expression "Mas amor por favor" "More love, please") is a project that my partner, Sharon Vega, started 3 years ago, and last summer we joined forces together. Mashamour is a concept where love for others is the main purpose, and this love and care for others is given by nutrition served in delicious dishes. We share the passion for cooking, for eating, for feeling good, and believe in this way of doing it as we experience it ourselves everyday. Its such a powerful change we experienced that we wanted to share it with everyone. Nature is love. Taking care of ourselves by eating as the nature provides is love....love for ourselves...love for the planet, LOVE.
Mashamour provides workshops where people can learn basics about raw diet and lifestyle by sharing recipes and nutritional facts, etc. and also practicing themselves how to do it and then sharing amongst each other all the delicious menus. We have several alternatives where we also share vegan recipes since it’s cooked, contains small portions of gluten and is the easy option for a transitional diet. We understand everyone has their own time and rhythm. and our goul is to accompany that with our personal experience and what we have learned vs. a fixed and pretentious model.
Mashamour has also different options for anyone who wants to try gourmet and delicious raw-vegan food. One of these is the "closed door dinner" we run every month in a beautiful historical colony architecture house in a very traditional neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
We also release several events like "conscious dinner" where people get to try this alternative and delicious menus blind folded where they experience textures, tastes, sounds, music, and scents. Another typical event is the “dinner class”, or “lunch class”, where guests learn how to prepare each dish. Last but not least, we deliver our own food and offer ourselves as "door to door chefs" (chef a domicilio in Spanish) giving the chance to people to have us cooking for themselves in their own house, or even taking a lesson in the coziness of their own couch.
If people would like more information, you can contact us by Facebook: Mashamour, e-mail: email@example.com, or web www.mashamour.com (which is currently under construction). We are always happy to hear proposals, exchange of goods/information, pieces of advice, invitations, and donations to grow bigger! Thank you so much for your time!
DG: What’s a pearl of wisdom or advice that you live by that you can share with us?
AM: LIVE THROUGH LOVE. LOVE IS THE WAY.
The last conversation I had with my father was while he was on his chemotherapy routine. I was accompanying him, and we had the most profound, open conversation we ever had.
After years of being angry with his family, not being a social person at all, and falling into depression, he shared with me how he had discovered that love was the answer and the solution for everything. Being sick made him feel that love and giving was the only way of living. 1 week later he suddenly past away, and those words marked me forever...
-Tony Cruz, Do-Gooder Founder