All Went Well in T.V. Land… (re-cap of Thursday’s event)

March 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM 2 comments

Las Campanas Compadres was well-represented on Thursday morning when Valerie Espinoza hosted  a taping of her show: “Santa Fe County Today”.  On the 8th of March, the LCC panel was excited to appear on the show to communicate to the local community about the organization and to tell how the locals can take part to keep it strong and growing. The new Albertsons Community Card was presented to Valerie, and the Amazon link on the LCC website was discussed on air to illustrate some creative not-in-your-face fundraising programs for LCC.

It  had been about a year and a half since a first look at LCC took place on a “Santa Fe County Today” episode. Las Campanas Compadres facts were skillfully unveiled by Valerie Espinoza’s interview techniques.  That August, after the first show,Valerie was emphatic that she wanted her new Las Campanas Compadres  to return to her show. She said the first half-hour time period was not enough  to discuss all the aspects of LCC, and she thought it was important Santa Fe area citizens hear what LCC is doing to provide activities and to encourage the disabled population and their families.

Meanwhile, since the first show, Valerie and her friend, Vicky, visited the LCC riding program at the barn one Monday, and witnessed LCC’s specialized saddle in action. Valerie saw for herself what exceptional fun LCC’s therapeutic riding program is for riders and volunteers alike. Valerie  Espinoza is a  busy lady. She is the current Santa Fe county clerk who is also on the June, 2012, District 3  Democratic primary ticket for the  Public Regulation Commission seat.

On the morning of the recent interview, LCC founders, Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, Pam Franco from “The Club at Las Campanas,”  and John (Mad Dog) Romero, newest board member, and an LCC participant since 2007,  gathered with immense energy, at the Santa Fe Community College television studio to tape a second show to inform the public about Las Campanas Compadres. They were well-prepared  for the show to tell about the founding of Las Campanas Compadres, its benefits to the community, and LCC’s upcoming events.  Valerie’s show is such a great opportunity to tell local people about the good things Las Campanas Compadres has to offer to disabled people and their families in the Santa Fe area.

Before the adept technicians did their microphone audio tests, and the expert cameraman was ready to roll,  there was a nice surprise: Dave Caldwell, LCC’s swim instructor, stopped by (he works hard at SFCC, as well as in the LCC pool),  and introductions were made all around.  Soon, all was prepared on the set, and the interview began.

Besides reviewing the enjoyment of the riding and swimming programs, the expertise of LCC’s instructors, and the opportunities for community members to volunteer to keep the programs going strong, another beneficial dimension  for LCC’s young adult participants was discussed.  LCC’s founders’ exceptional idea of finding fulfilling jobs  for these young adults in the community was introduced. The panel explained to Valerie and her television audience that “The Club at Las Campanas” has already stepped up, and plans to offer meaningful employment opportunities to two of LCC’s young adults: Christian Woodard and Marissa Le Rouge.

The March 8th taping will be aired in the near future.  To catch the show, it is good to note the regular times “Santa Fe County Today” is aired:

Channel 16 Comcast on Sunday 7:30pm; Wednesday 7:30pm and Thursday 6:00pm. It also airs on channel 28 Comcast on Sunday 8:30 am; Monday 11:30am; Tuesday 7:30am; Wednesday 6:00am and Friday 3:18pm.

(To see additional photos of the LCC “posse” on the set of “Santa Fe County Today” please visit the LCC Facebook page and check out our album, “On Television” — Valerie Espinoza, Lawrence Becerra, Pam Franco, Suzanna Becerra, John M. Romero

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Johnny  |  March 12, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Nice piece!

  • 2. D. Romero  |  March 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Thank you, Johnny!


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