So Local Pasco Podcast, May 3rd, 2016. Raffle Rescue Edition

Gosh, every DAY, now, there is just so much for us to talk about.  For the second straight day,  we have a lot to pack in!

My guest today is Lisa Bekiaris, founder of Raffle Rescue, in Hudson.  Raffle Rescue is sort of a ‘Meals on Wheels for Pets’ charity.  The idea is to keep pets in homes with their owners, if the owners fall on hard times.  I really like the meals on wheels comparison, and let me tell you why:  Food is not the only aspect of Meals on Wheels that is important…Volunteers and folks being served will tell you that the visit and companionship are just as important.  It gives the person receiving services a chance to express needs and changes to the volunteer…And, perhaps MORE importantly, it gives the volunteer an opportunity to coordinate other needed services for the needy person.

Apparently, mine is not the ONLY studio she's been at! This is Lisa in the booth at WMNF, an exemplary community radio station in Tampa.
Lisa raising money and awareness for Raffle Rescue

This is not merely bringing pet food to hungry pets (though that IS the main effort)…Lisa and her volunteers often find themselves making sure the pets have been to vets, and that the clients are truly the owners of the pets.  It gives a chance to care for pets (and their humans) in the home where they BELONG.

I am deeply touched by this work, I think it is an inspired and original service idea.  If you’d like more information, contact Raffle Rescue by clicking on the logo below this paragraph:

Meals on Wheels for needy pets!
Meals on Wheels for needy pets!

 

Mine is NOT the only studio she's been in...This is the booth at WMNF, an exemplary community radio station in Tampa.
Mine is NOT the only studio she’s been in…This is the booth at WMNF, an exemplary community radio station in Tampa.

Of course, we got to know Lisa via our friends Tammy Carr and Jaana Jala, the organizers behind the Bayou Poker Paddle and Inflatables Event, this weekend, in Millers Bayou on the river…It kicks off at Gill Dawg at 9, and we’ll be there with shorts on!

Benefits Raffle Rescue, so dig deep, and let's get out there!!
Benefits Raffle Rescue, so dig deep, and let’s get out there!!

The event is to raise money for Raffle Rescue, so GO SIGN UP.  Use the coupon code PASCO, and get $5 off registration…Which you can donate right back to Raffle!  BRILLIANT!


Finally, today…I want to say a massive thank you to Dave Eichenberger.  Dave is an amazing guitarist.  He shares the stage with one Julie Black, a local blues singer of some renown.  They have a fantastic band, but there’s more.  Dave is a tonal explorer, and has a much more eclectic side than straight blues.  He’s a blues guy influenced by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, so he’s not afraid to really stretch out into huge, fluid, ambient soundscapes.  Even when he’s playing things that seem relatively straight forward, there is a mischievous tendency for things to rise above convention.

Shredding at Chasco Fiesta 2016.
Shredding at Chasco Fiesta 2016.

I caught a bit of that magic when they played at Chasco…And it is evident, as well, in Dave’s solo work.  I was lucky enough to see his post on Monday, of a great song called “Sunlight Again”.  When I expressed my like of it, and told him I was looking for a theme for So Local Pasco, he offered it.  Look for that to be rolled out, Monday, on So Local Pasco…But here it is on his Reverb Nation page, so you can listen to it!

You can purchase Dave’s great solo records on iTunes and on CD Baby (which also has his Christmas album!).

Thanks, Dave!

One thought on “So Local Pasco Podcast, May 3rd, 2016. Raffle Rescue Edition”

  1. What a fun time I had with Smitty talking on So Local Pasco ! Great to share the 411 with him about Raffle Rescue and the Bayou Poker Battle Event production of Mayor and Princess LLC to benefit the rescue.

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