The show starts soon this morning with the announcement of the Golden George Awards. But you don’t have to wait, here’s the entire list, starting with bad side of the coin with the Potter Awards. Remember the Golden George Awards are what we give out every year to people doing great things for those around them – it can be individuals, groups, even communities. In 2011 the overall #1 Golden George Award went to a community – Henderson, Texas – which was ground zero last year for the War on Christmas and the town never backed down and won by keeping their displays up. The name Golden George is taken from the character George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Thus the bad side of the awards being the Potters, named after the miserable and mean Mr. Potter. Here’s the 2012 list of Potter and Georges!
2012 Potter Awards
1. Westboro Hate Cult – (Let’s stopping calling them Baptists and a church.) They are a hateful bunch, simple as that. For a long time now the group has gone around protesting (almost celebrating) the deaths of American soldiers while at funerals. Their justification is that believe in tragedy God is punishing America for it’s general acceptance of homosexuality. Along with the funerals of soldiers they often show up at memorial services for those who have died in other tragic events – such as the school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Which is what Westboro decided to to – protest at the funerals of those children and the administrators this past week. Now I haven’t heard or seen if they actually did. But just the suggestion that they might is bad enough to put them on this list in 1st place – The Westboro Hate Cult – number one on the Potter Awards for 2012. No decency, bad manners, hateful, divisive, a total distortion of Christianity, and awful actions.
2. Anonymous – They are the international hacktivist group that had ties to the Occupy Wall Street movement. They too decided to get into the mix over Sandy Hook. Anonymous has had a longtime feud with Westboro. Now it’s received some new life as Anonymous announced a war so to speak against Westboro over their plans to protest the funerals in Connecticut. In the past Anonymous has hacked the Westboro web site. This is not to mention all of the other sites that Anonymous has hacked and releasing private data on numerous occasions. Put politics aside and views of Westboro Hate Cult aside, it’s not right to hack web sites, it’s not right to reveal private information about others. I believe such actions just make the world worse, not better.
3. HBO Host Bill Maher – Earlier this month the foul mouth Bill Maher decided to give his thoughts about Andy Williams. When you think about Christmas music you can’t leave out Andy Williams. But Bill Maher can. See when it comes to entertainment I can usually separate talent and politics. Not so for Bill Maher it would seem as he referred to Andy Williams as “a tea bag idiot”.
4. Delta Airlines – A while back Delta Airlines was in the news for despicable act that occurred on one of their flights. A United States Marine who is now a double amputee was unfortunately put into a situation that resulted in some horrible humiliation. Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was humiliated on this flight to the point of tears. Thankfully plenty of Veterans, including some on the flight have stood up for Brown. We can’t say the same for Delta Airlines. You can read the full story at Badger Benson.com
5. Feces Attacker – A female college student was attacked on Chicago’s Blue Line transit train earlier this month. Now it’s bad enough when random individuals are attacked for no reason at all. In this case the young woman was attacked by a sock filled with human waste. You can imagine how humiliating this would be. Just disgusting. What kind of animal would do this at random to a total stranger? Our hearts go out to this young woman. We hope that this degenerate attacker will be found and arrested soon.
6. Obama Administration – All I will say here is Benghazi. It’s an outrage. Americans died in this attack. This administration did nothing when they had the power to do so. Now, several families will be without their loved ones this Christmas.
7. News Media – In what could easily be placed at the top of the list is the mainstream media. The news coverage and journalism surround the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut was outrageous. First there was the misidentification of the attacker. Next there were errors in reporting of the attack itself. Then there was the barrage of media into the town in the days after, where reporters shamelessly tried to get comments from the grieving families. All of this is bad enough, then throw on top of it how many were running to condemnation and speculation about the shooter, his family, gun violence, and gun control when there was still warm blood of innocent life on the ground. Truly despicable and sickening.
8. Timothy Taylor and Shequita Cade – parents encourage their teen children to brawl. A video surfaced of a few parents in Georgia encouraging their children to fight. Horrible parents. These children deserve better.
9. Seven and Eleven Year Old Gangstas – From parents to children we go. In early December, Ami Garrett, a 22 year old woman was held at gun point by a pair of little brats outside her church. Ami was quietly waiting in her parents vehicle when the pair of hoodlums approached her and held her at gunpoint for a bit. Ami at first thought they were joking, but quickly realized the situation was real and the gun was real. The boys went away. However, when a local news station showed up to report the story, one of the boys brazenly returned to the scene on camera, scaring Ami once again. Since the boys are juveniles their identities are private, but we can certainly still award them with a Potter Award.
10. Latoya Greenwood and Hickey Thompson – A case of crazy Christmas shoppers. Latoya and Hickey were so unnerved being asked for a receipt when leaving a Best Buy store they decided to beat the elderly store employee.
11. UPS Bandit – A Houston, Texas man, Al Alverson was expecting a delivery, a Christmas gift to be given away. It was brought to the house by FedEx complete with an email confirmation of the delivery. But the package wasn’t at the door. The gift was an iPod mini. Well, as it would turn out my Alverson checked his home security footage and low and behold the thief turned out to be a UPS driver who came later to the home and took the package delivered by FedEx. The UPS driver has since been arrested.
10. Unions – This past year has been full of stories of debates over Unions and Right To Work. There’s also been a handful of stories over Union thugs getting physical with others during these debates. One such instance took place in Michigan during protests over pending legislation there when a union member hit Conservative activist Steven Crowder. Also you’ll recall the Union’s role in the closing of Hostess.
11. Cyber Bank Robber – The U.S. financial industry and online security companies like McAfee issued warnings in December that a Russian cyber criminal would likely attempt to rob United States banking costumers out of millions of dollars very soon. Thankfully, I don’t think this has happened yet. But it is a sign of the times we live in – greed and crime. And what’s worse is for things like this to be taking place this time of the year when people are to be charitable.
12. Nancy Pelosi – During talk of the fiscal cliff situation, Nancy Pelosi took the occasion to suggest the current debacle was somehow the fault of Republicans for caring only about Christmas and not enough about other holidays like Kwanza. You can’t make this stuff up.
13. Harry Belafonte – Well if there’s someone the opposite of Andy Williams it’s likely Harry Belafonte. The talented crooner has always been a vocal leftist, a radical one at that. Recently Belafonte suggested that President Obama just imprison opposition like a third world dictator would. That’s great Harry…are you really that dumb?
14. Rob Parker – Parker, a ESPN reporter suggested that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III isn’t as black as he should be because he has a white fiancee and it’s rumored that RGIII is a Republican. Do we need to say what’s wrong with all of this? Talk about liberal hypocrisy.
15. Black Friday Shoppers – It happens every year. Crazy stories of people shoving, pushing, trampling over others during the weekend following Thanksgiving as shoppers take to the stores for amazing specials. It’s considered the busiest shopping weekend of the year. I say it’s the weekend when our insanity is most on display. People treating others like dirt all for discounts on electronics and other goods. It’s a shameful display of our materialistic nature.
16. Shoe Shoppers – A shoe store in Fort Worth, Texas had a first come first serve release of retro Air Jordan Nike shoes this past week that resulted in shoppers going crazy. The unruly shoppers had be pepper sprayed by police officers in order to take control of the scene. Similar incidents took place around the country due to the release of the retro Michael Jordan inspired shoes. In one case there was even a reported shooting.
17. Christmas Vandals – Every year we see these stories. Random vandalism of Nativity scenes, yard decorations, and public Christmas displays. This year there seemed to be a lot of them. For example, here’s three stories alone – from Virginia, New York, and Boston. One was theft of a Nativity scene, another was a statue of Jesus stolen right from a church, and of all things, thieves stole Christmas trees in one case. You can find the links to each of those stories at Badger Benson.com
18. Sandra Fluke – Makes our Potter Awards this year. You likely recall Fluke from her controversy with radio host Rush Limbaugh after he referred to her as a slut. This all came about due to Fluke testifying that she didn’t have adequate access to contraception and lobbied for it’s inclusion into mandated healthcare coverage. Let’s talk about selfishness shall we? This was so absurd. Regardless of your thoughts on healthcare, or your objections to Rush Limabugh, Sandra Fluke spent the year whoring herself out – not physically, but as a tool of Obama and the Democratic Party to divide people on a non-sense issue.
19. Piers Morgan – I said the entire media has been horrible this past month in wake of the Connecticut tragedy. The media has been horrible all year long though, we can point to the election coverage for example. Specifically to the recent news coverage of Newtown tragedy we can point to one person as the worst of the worst – Piers Morgan. Morgan has engaged in conversations about gun control (and mind you I think we can always have that discussion) but he utter contempt for those who differ with him and his arrogance has been amazing.
20. Jordan Jackson Elementary School of Mansfield, Massachusetts – To the dismay of many in the community the school in Mansfield, Massachusetts decided to forgo it’s annual holiday concert in favor of an anti-bullying program.
21. Human Light
Dishonorable Mention – Bob Costas – Bob Costas receives a mention for his statements on-air while covering a football game about the tragedy involving the death of a Kansas City Chiefs player and his girlfriend. Costas made a statement against guns, eluding to more control. However, Costas, who I’ve noted in the past to have mostly conservative views, did try to clarify his statement and apologize for what he had said, mostly because the venue was just inappropriate.
2012 Golden George Awards
1. Andy Williams –
Howard Andrew “Andy” Williams, December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012
Is there really any other example of celebrity at Christmas? For years Andy Williams graced our television sets, record players, and later CD players and iPods each Christmas with his Christmas music. Andy left us this year, back in September. But we know that the Christmas Party is still going on with his Father in Heaven. We remember Andy Williams this year on our Golden George List at #1 on the celebrity list.
2. Andrew Breitbart – This could be the year of Andy’s. Our second on the list is Andrew Breitbart, proprietor of web sites like Big Government and Brietbart.com, he was a legend. He was one of the most hated individuals on the right by radical leftists. But he was a good man with a big heart. Unfortunately he died of heart problems back in March. Much like Andy Williams, Andrew Breitbart lives on as well!
3. Tim Tebow – It was a pretty rough year for Tim, being signed to a new team, having a constant spotlight on him, and struggling on the field. But make no mistake, faith is still what drives Tebow. He’s a compassionate person and always displaying what’s right about Christianity. He’s a hard worker on and off the field. He contributes to many causes, and his social media use always has good things to say.
4. Mike Huckabee – When the nation was searching for answers after the tragic school shooting a week ago, Mick Huckabee offered the answer to “Where Was God?” It was short, sweet, logical, and non-offensive.
5. David Barton – Barton makes the list once again in 2012 for his work in preserving our national history. Barton’s group Wallbuilders.com is working hard to preserve our documents and offers a number of resources and products on their site. Tim Barton, David’s son was interviewed on the show earlier this month.
6. Penn Jillett – It might seem odd to have an atheist on this list. Penn Jillett however is a reasonable, kind, entertaining, and good hearted individual who will defend all. Penn was recently on the Glenn Beck Show where they discussed faith and liberty. The conclusion was that Penn would defend Christmas, Christianity, as long as people would defend him and trample on his rights.
7. C.L. Bryant – The passionate C.L. Bryant makes our list for his good work. The fiery preacher spoke at FreePac in Dallas during Restoring Love week and I got to hear him in person. C.L’s new movie “Runaway Slave” is brilliant. His work for liberty is to be commended. His charity work is icing on the cake.
8. Robert Griffin III – In what could be called the year of the NFL quarterback, Robert Griffin makes the list. He’s the 2nd NFL star on our list. Griffin was the subject of racist remarks by an ESPN analyst (Who made our Potter Awards) because Griffin has a white wife and is rumored to be a Republican. Griffin’s basic response was that he just tries to do what is right.
9. Mitt Romney – As the summer went on I truly began to learn about Mitt Romney and appreciate him. I used to not like him at all. Slowly I learned about just how good and decent this man is. His work to help others, through his own behind the scenes efforts, his work with charities, his track record of turning around businesses. It’s sad that we won’t see him lead this country. Through it all he and his wife Anne, and their children, and the grandchildren handled this campaign with class and dignity.
10. Randy Blythe – Singer for the rock group Lamb of God. Randy was outraged by his audience in Oregon who would not recognize a moment of silence for the Connecticut tragedy. Randy called them out on stage.
11. Drew Brees – Our 3rd NFL QB on the list. Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints made $1 million donation to Hurricane Sandy relief.
12. Colts Cheerleaders – Staying with the NFL – Megan M. and Crystal Ann, cheerleaders for the Indianapolis Colts got the ultimate haircut for good after the third quarter of the team’s 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills in November. The two shaved their heads in support of Coach Chuck Pagano, who is battling leukemia. It was part of a challenge to raise money, $10,000 each for leukemia research.
13. Tyra Banks – Are there too many men on this list? Thankfully the Colts cheerleaders and Tyra Banks fix that. Tyra held her Flawsome Ball to raise money for a New York girls club whose mission is to empower young women. Banks’ Flawsome organization stands for Flaws – accepting who you are, and Awesome – knowing that you are awesome despite those flaws.
14. Lebron James – Move over NFL, let’s talk about an NBA star. Lebron James was awarded the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award this year. The Heat star runs an annual bike-a-thon in his Akron, Ohio hometown. The program is called “Wheels for Education”. It is a 2.6-mile ride that James and 20 pre-selected high school students join in on. The event is part of a two-week camp that focusing on technology and reading courses for over 300 children.
15. Albert Pujols – Now to the world of Major League Baseball. Albert has been featured on the show many times. His Pujols Family Foundation continues to do good things. The foundation improves lives of impoverished families in the Dominican Republic. Albert also does work for American families who have children with Down Syndrome.
16. Rush Limbaugh – Rush has been featured on the show many times as well, sometimes for his remarks, and sometimes for his work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – which is again why we honor him. Rush’s annual radio-telethon for LLS raises millions for research and care. I also applaud him for his new Two-if-by-Tea line of fine tea beverages, which at various times he has used proceeds to go towards charitable causes.
17. Kirk Cameron – His work this year on the film Monumental is something to be acknowledged and praised. Kirk has always been a great individual, a great ambassador for the church and a decent actor and good family man. His jump into saving the country is a welcome one, and starting with the history of the Pilgrims is a much needed lesson. I had to put him on the list.
Citizenship/Individuals or Community
1. Fallen Heroes
Ambassador Stevens and Seals lost in Benghazi
Navy Seal who lost his life in the rescue effort of an American hostage on December 9th.
2. Brian Bailey – Random Kindness is why Brian makes the list. In doing so he displayed the power of the individual and compassion of community. Bailey was thinking that $5 just doesn’t go as far as it does these days. But the Louisville, Kentucky man had an idea to make his $5 turn into more and do something good for someone else. He went to Facebook and organized a group of people to turn out at a local K-Mart where everyone would put $5, or whatever they wanted into a box. The money collected was then given to a random couple that Brian found in the store. Altogether $500 went to a couple that had been struggling and were very appreciative of the act of kindness.
3. Reddit User “Grinthecity” helped out a fellow Reddit user “ProZacDose”. ProZacDose was ashamed he couldn’t provide a good Christmas for his children. Grinthecity stepped in and offered to pay the other individual’s bills.
4. Gerald Sapienza and Nicole Angelillo – This couple will be getting married in the New Year. This happy love story takes us to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Gerald and Nicole will be getting married as part of the Rose Bowl Parade on the Love Float. The Love Float was a contest for lucky couples to vie for the chance to be married during the parade. Hundreds entered and it was narrowed down to 4 couples. The public voted and Gerald and Nicole will be happy Rose Bowl couple.
5. Police Officer gives ticketed driver $100 – Hayden Carlo was pulled over one day in Plano, Texas a few weeks ago. Carlo’s plates had expired. When asked why he hadn’t renewed them Hayden Carlo explained to the officer that he was struggling, behind on bills, and just hadn’t been able to pay for the renewal. The officer returned with a ticket, but inside the ticket was $100 bill.
6. Christian Brown – Christian is the man we noted in the Delta Airlines story about rude treatment to a double amputee during a flight. Christian is that amputee. He lost his legs serving our country. While we’re sure Christian just assume forget about the painful experience with Delta and seeks no fame, we felt it right that he be featured in our Golden George Awards for 2012.
7. Newtown, Connecticut – We can’t leave out mention of the tragedy in Connecticut. While it was explained in the Potter Awards that we’d be careful not to trivialize this sad event, be respectful of the families, and make no mention of the murderer, it’s only right to recognize the community itself. While we’ve read the tragic news, there no doubt has been great outpouring of support among neighbors and friends in that area during this time. We too are with you Newton. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
8. Samantha Pawlucy – Samantha Pawlucy was ordered by a teacher earlier this year to remove her Romney t-shirt and the teacher further insulted Pawlucy by suggesting it was akin to supporting the KKK. The 16 year old will get in a last laugh though. She is suing the school district. While Christmas, and the spirit of these awards is for good deeds, charity, faith, heroics, selfless acts, and American Exceptionalism, in this case we say….go get em girl.
9. Jon McNaughton – McNaughton could be considered a celebrity. But I thought he should be in this part of the list. You may or may not know him, but you are likely familiar with his artwork. His works include dramatic landscape scenes, masterful paintings about faith, and some great historical and political pieces as well. Jon was on the show as part of the Gifts For Patriots episodes. A portion of the proceeds from his Runaway Slave painting featuring C.L. Bryant goes to the C.L. Bryant Foundation. http://www.jonmcnaughton.com/
10. Jeff Woody – Jeff Woody is a running back for the Iowa State Cyclones. If you follow college football you might know Jeff Woody from scoring the last touchdown in Iowa State’s dramatic upset of Oklahoma State in 2011. Woody took the time to recognize a girl, Kelsey, who lost her battle with a brain tumor. Woody wrote a nice letter to the Des Moines Register about Kelsey and her family.
11. Hurricane Sandy Communities – Just like Newton, Connecticut the communities effected by Hurricane Sandy have come together to help each other in time of need. We have heard the sad stories, but also good ones of neighborly love and good citizenship and charity in the aftermath of the violent storm. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
12. Winthrop Coach – Pat Kelsey is the Mens Head Basketball Coach at Winthrop University. After a recent game Kelsey took the time during the postgame interview to put life into perspective but minimalizing the game and sharing his thoughts about Newtown, Connecticut, mostly what he felt as a father. His speech put things into perspective and offered common sense view in the wake of the tragedy.
13. Lee Cameron’s Christmas Stocking – Lee Cameron is a fellow podcaster. Every year he does a Christmas series of shows. His shows are shorter, and more focused on one specific topic. But I’d say they are higher quality in production and very enjoyable. I want to thank Lee for doing his program every year, and for providing me with some ideas and information. I look forward to the Christmas Stocking shows every year. It’s quickly becoming part of my yearly Christmas tradition.
14. Pam Smith, Hanson Directory, Newton, Iowa – Pam does her best to make things fun for all employees. She always comes up with new ideas, clever contests or games, & things to inspire or encourage. She does all this and at the same time, cares about community, health, charity, the environment, personal faith, social issues, etc, & thinks up ways to incorporate these issues into special activities that we do at Hanson.
Here are just a few of the things that Pam has initiated at Hanson over the past several years, not just for fun, but for the betterment of the local society as a whole:
Organized bell ringing for the Salvation Army with employees being paid an hour’s wages for an hour’s worth of bell ringing
Organized Toys for Tots giving
Organized Angel Tree Ministries
Organized Adopt a Family volunteers
Organized company donations for fellow employee whose home burned down
Coordinated Thanks with Franks, an annual Newton business customer appreciation day
Coordinated company Christmas caroling
Coordinated annual employee flu shots
15. Bratleboro Christmas Stocking – One of the charity causes I featured in Restoring Joy series was the Bratleboro Christmas Stocking. The town of Bratleboro, Vermont has a wonderful tradition, now going on for 76 years! Every year the town newspaper, “The Reformer” organizes a fundraiser for some cause in the community. This year it was to raise $90,000 for winter clothing to children age 15 years and younger. What an amazing effort and thing for a small town to do!
16. Jamin – A distant cousin of mine in Iowa. I learned the other day during Winter Storm Draco, that he came across a stuck car on the road. One of the people in the car was disabled. It took him two hours, but he finally got the car free.
1. Jeff Spiehs – InCommon http://www.incommoncd.org/capital-campaign/ InCommon is a great community development project taking place in Omaha. InCommon fits needs with skills. It seeks hand-up solutions over hand-out solutions. For these reasons we make Jeff Speihs and InCommon our #1 organization of the year in the Golden George Awards. My good friend Jeff Spiehs has been part of numerous causes over the year and I think he’s really found something great with this program. Check out their web site at the link above, and also catch the interview I did with Jeff as part of Restoring Joy at the link below.
2. Candace Gregory – Open Door Mission http://www.opendoormission.org/ We continue in the Omaha area with #2. The Open Door Mission has been doing great things in the Omaha area for decades. The Open Door Mission provides food and shelter for those in need. It also has a variety of other programs such as helping our Veterans. The longtime face and voice of Open Door Mission is Candance Gregory. It was great to catch up with Candace and learn about all of the great things happening at the Open Door Mission. Listen to that interview below.
3. Sugartree Ministries – This Wilmington, Ohio ministry was in the headlines a year or two ago around Christmas as Glenn Beck made it part of his “America’s First Christmas” show. The community was struggling due to the national economy and compounded by a number of local business closures. But the people of Wilmington gave the nation an example to follow. They stuck together. They met each others needs as best as they could. Thanks in large part due to Sugartree Ministries. Sugartree features a food bank, shelter, a coffee shop for entertainment, church services, and some dedicated volunteers. I wanted to make Sugartree part of the awards and the show this year because I hadn’t forgotten them. I wanted to ensure that the rest of the country hadn’t either after the lights and cameras had left town. Be sure to visit their site and consider making a donation.
4. K9 Comfort Dogs – K9 Comfort Dogs is a group from Lutheran Church Charities out of Chicago. Their mission is to use trained dogs as a source of comfort and therapy for those going through traumatic experiences. The group drove 800 miles to Connecticut to help out the people of Newtown.
5. Wreaths Across America – Is a great organization honoring our Veterans. Each year they organize a motorcycle ride from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath laying ceremony. The organization also does local outreach and education programs with scouting programs, community organizations, and civic groups.
6. Mercury One/Glenn Beck’s Restoring Love Event – I had the fortune to attend Glenn Beck’s massive charity event in Dallas back in July. It was simply amazing. A number of charities were helped out in part by Mercury One. In truth it would be easy to list this event at the top of the list. But this year I really wanted to focus on small things, individuals, and random acts of charity. After all part of the Mercury One mission is to encourage charity at home. So by placing them 6th on the list isn’t to dismiss the mission and effectiveness of Mercury One. As you know I profiled Mercury One as part of our Restoring Joy series this year. The people in Dallas were amazing. The organizers were amazing. The outside work that Mercury One continues to do is amazing – preserving our history, reforming education, encouraging entrepreneurship, emergency preparedness, community involvement, care for the poor and hungry, helping faith organizations and defending the Israeli people, and helping to put good back into our culture. I am a proud Mercury One member and it remains my favorite charity. The event in Dallas was great and I wish everyone could have experience what I did. Seeing people active in various community projects, donating money to causes, and food to 18 trucks that went across the nation to replenish food banks was good to be a part of. I encourage you to visit Mercury One.org and become a member or make a small donation.
7. 12/12//12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert – A major relief benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy was put on last week in New York City. Millions were raised to aid in the relief effort. A big salute to all those involved including the performers.
8. Salvation Army – Any Christmas list featuring good organizations and people is not complete without the Salvation Army. Every year the bell ringers and the red kettles continue the tradition of seeking small (and large) donations from shoppers. The money raised goes to Christmas dinners and shelter for the poor, as well as other programs the Salvation Army offers.
9. Jason Wright – Is author of a book “Christmas Jars”. I have mentioned the book numerous times and Jason has been in our Golden George Awards before. This year we featured Jason and Christmas Jars again as part of the Restoring Joy series. If you’ve never made a Christmas Jar…start one right now for next year! It’s a great family activity that brings the joy of Christmas into your home year around. You can find out more at Jason’s site which includes a link to real Christmas Jars stories; and check the second link to listen to the episode we devoted to Christmas Jars on the show.
10. Food Insurance – Food Insurance offers an interesting alternative gift. Emergency preparedness is an important thing to consider in your home. It always helps to have a little something on hand or saved up, so when a disaster or tough time strikes, there’s something to fall back on. We featured Food Insurance in our Gifts For Patriots Shows in 2012.
11. Toys For Tots – Is an excellent well known program we think about this time every year. Their partnership with the United States Marine Corps has allowed millions of children to enjoy receiving a toy on Christmas Day. What I find interesting about Toys For Tots is how it was started – all the way back in the 1940′s when a Marine wife made a doll and asked her husband to donate it to a charity to give to a needy child for Christmas. As it turned out there wasn’t one. So the couple came up with the program Toys For Tots, which has been a huge success ever since. It’s a case of someone seeing a need and stepping up to make it happen. This Christmas Santa Claus may very well be dressed as a Marine for a child in need. Thank you Toys For Tots and are Marines for making Christmas better for children out there all over the country.
12. Lemonade Day – Lemonade Day is a fairly young organization started to teach children responsibility and entrepreneurship. We put Lemonade Day in our showcase of charities for Restoring Joy. While it’s not an organization you’d likely think of this time of the year I believe their mission is a good one, and one that we should encourage and support year around. We need to teach children these principles. While Christmas we do a lot of giving…and receiving of gifts, it’s always a good time to learn and teach the value of hard work and perseverance. Lemonade Day offers several programs and ways to be involved. Learn more at http://www.lemonadeday.org/big-news/?ref=/
13. Koch Brothers – The Koch Brothers are demonized terribly and unjustly. They are great philanthropists though. They donate millions to various causes such as cancer research, and different programs in arts and humanities. Their business ventures continue to have some of the best treated and happiest employees. These men are not evil. They are successful and they are good. It’s as simple as that. Anyone who says different, simply does not know what they are talking about.
14. Edward Wunder – He’s a funny man. He’s witty. He’s entertaining. He’s a hypnotist. He’s Edward Wunder and I’m proud to call him a friend. Edward offers chair visits for serious issues. But he’s known for his stage shows as well. They are family friendly and a lot of laughs. Edward has a good heart…and mind, of course. He was part of our Gifts For Patriots showcase this year. A hypnotist you ask? Well, why not consider Edward for an upcoming party in 2013? Everyone will enjoy it, I promise! Now what puts him on the list is that Edward while on the show announced his intentions to form a service around his stage shows that would go towards supporting our Veterans. What a great idea! We can’t wait to be a small part in Edward’s efforts in helping our Armed Forces with his outreach.
15. BYU Mistletoe Test – This was a fun and somewhat juvenile experiment done by some students at BYU. A male student asked unsuspecting women as part of a faux interview questions about Christmas. One of which was about mistletoe and whether or not they observed the tradition of kissing under it when they were under it. As they answered a mistletoe bundle was lowered from the ceiling to be over the interviewer and interviewee. The reactions are hilarious and fun. While he does get smacked once and turned down a time or two, most of the girls go along with the gag. Here at the Badger Den, we say it’s just harmless Christmastime fun and tradition!
There’s the official Golden George Awards list for 2012! It’s made in part by the listeners of the show and those people who have been on the show, and news stories we’ve covered. Now, I know every year we miss someone, and I apologize. What’s on here is just what I’ve been made aware of or discovered myself. Be sure to be a part of it next year! And in the spirit of Christmas, let’s all be like George Bailey, each and every day of the year!