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Bien Hecho: Good Causes and Good TV

Submitted by on September 24, 2010 – 10:12 amNo Comment

There is a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Nashville tonight. I will be there when they give awards to young Latino essay writers and everyday heroes in my community. We all know an unsung hero don’t we? Pure Inspiration, déjame decirte.

If you know someone in your own life who is deserving, you can nominate them for the “Bien Hecho Awards” presented by the brand Scott, which seeks to honor an unsung hero in the Latino community. The nominee doesn’t have to be of Latino heritage, just someone who has done right by the Hispanic community. Each winner will receive $2,000 for themselves and $5,000 will be donated in their name to a community center of their choice.


The beautiful and talented actress and breast cancer survivor Adamari López is working with Yoplait to raise money for, and awareness of, breast cancer through Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives campaign

From the official release: “Participating in Save Lids to Save Lives® is easy – in September and October, all 6-ounce yogurt cups — Original, Light, Thick & Creamy, Light Thick & Creamy, Whips!, and select specially-marked packages of the Large Size Yoplait yogurts — will have special pink foil lids. And for the first time, Yoplait Greek, Yoplait Delights and Yoplait Frozen Smoothies are also included. For every pink lid sent in by Dec. 31, 2010, Yoplait will donate 10 cents, up to $1.6 million, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Since the program began, Yoplait has donated more than $25 million to the breast cancer cause through this method.”

Here are the shipping details. Disclosure: Yoplait is a General Mills brand, which has sponsored the Tiki Tiki at blog conferences and events. In this case, we’re just passing on information for a good cause. The fine folks at Crisco are doing a What’s For Dinner giveaway. You can register on its site to win $20 gift cards and a grand prize of Chef Michelle Bernstein’s new line of gourmet cookware and one year of Crisco products. Bernstein is a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2007) and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008).

Even if you don’t use manteca too much, go over to the site and check out the recipes. Here’s a fabulous one for Spicy Citrus Shrimp and Black Bean Tacos with Orange-Avocado Salsa.
And here’s some TIVO action coming your way.
The channel Discovery en Español tomorrow launches a program entitled “Norte a Sur,” which follows five  young American Latinos
of Puerto Rican, Colombian, Mexican roots with talents in music, art, journalism and design as they travel from Argentina to Alaska.
From the show description:

“Norte a Sur” tells the story of five American Latinos — Antonio, Noelis, Landro, Diana and Zack — as they explore the continent from Alaska to Argentina, making personal discoveries along the way. The young travelers engage in the real work of communities, meeting local pioneers who provide inspiration and challenges to enable the cast to explore their Latino heritage, while leaving a positive mark in the towns they visit.

Here’s the promo video, which makes it look like a great show to watch, and only slightly makes me wish I was 23 again. “Norte a Sur” airs at 9:30 p.m. EST through Nov. 27.

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