OWN Invitation – #whereisoprah
In support of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, 18 times I have biked 7 days, 575 miles, from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a cycling charity event called AIDSLifecycle.
Each Year, the locals of Montecito – Santa Barbara gather and create their own “Paradise Pit Stop” for the approx. 2,000 AIDSLifecycle Cyclist & 400 Volunteer Crew members. There you can find: chocolate bars, organic strawberries, vegan ice cream, corn dogs, Twinkies, coco cola, massages, and then some.. … ALL YOU CAN EAT …GRATIS!
Years ago (as I ate my strawberries and homemade ice cream), I asked several Montecito residents: “Where is Oprah?”
1. “She is not here. ”
2. “That’s a funny question. . . . .”
3. “Can I be in the Oprah Magazine?”
4. ” Oprah can be found shopping in the local Montecito Von’s.”
5. “Who’s Oprah?”
6. “Great Idea!”
As I left the “Paradise Pit” in Montecito, I thought: “Let’s ask Oprah to join forces with the AIDS/Lifecycle Event [ benefiting the The San Francisco AIDS Foundation @ The Los Angeles LGBT Center].
Through Oprah’s involvement with the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, the tiny town of Williamson, West Virginia, LifeClass, and the “A Secret Sex World: Living on the Downlow” tv segment, she has both removed stigmas & flattened ignorance associated with the AIDS Pandemic.
In June 2016, I, Tony Eason, (and 2,500 of my best friends) will cycle 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the fight against the AIDS Pandemic. And as we ride past the home of Oprah Winfrey, I invite the O.W.N to participate (in any way that they can).
The presence of Oprah would not only fuel the hearts of the 2,500 cycling philanthropists & 400 volunteer crew members – it would present a platform to continue promoting self empowerment; flattening ignorance; and providing education as a prominent African American Woman in the Montecito / Santa Barbara Community.
- The best way to teach is by example.
- You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
- I’m doing the right thing.
2015 Oprah Winfrey Update:
After 18 years of dedication to the cause; there has been no response from Oprah Winfrey & The Oprah Winfrey Network. Therefore, I thank all 422 of you who sent in “O Magazine” images & I thank all of you Youtube viewers for the tremendous support I received during the #whereisoprah campaign.
It saddens me dearly but today; I am closing this chapter.
Thank You All, Tony Eason
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