Stories of Resiliency and Purpose

The War Memorial takes to the airwaves in a monthly, one-hour radio program airing at 4pm on WJR-AM NewsTalk 760 — Inspired Heroes.

Join hosts Marie Osborne and Ted Everingham as they share The War Memorial's unique mission and commitment to being a patriotic, cultural, and community leader while placing a thoughtful spotlight on Michigan heroes, leaders, and their inspirational stories and experiences.


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September 14, 2019
In September's episode, co-hosts Marie, Ted, and Charles discuss the ways in which The War Memorial is partnering with local individuals and organizations to fully embody the mission of being a patriotic, cultural, and community leader. Joined by War Memorial board director Mary Lamparter, the three hear about the amazing work being done by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., and the impact that this organization has on our military community. Mary also shares with listeners ways they can get involved and make a difference in the lives of veterans and those in need (See below for more information). We also take a moment to reflect on September 11, 2001, and remember the lives lost, and honor the heroes who continue to keep us safe. War Memorial board Chaplin Fr. Drew Van Culin joins to talk candidly about faith and the human response to tragedy. Lastly, we are joined by our friends Steve Wogaman and Ronald Copes, from Chamber Music Society of Detroit and the Juilliard String Quartet, to discuss the ways in which classical music can bring a community together, and why live performance is so crucial to the success of society.

Learn about this month’s guests:

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Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.
Guardian Angels began in 2009, when Founder & Executive Director, Carol Borden was approached by Sam, a young man tragically paralyzed in a high school football accident. Sam required the constant aid of a caregiver, and had acquired a young German Shepherd named Bessie for companionship and a sense of independence, but quickly lost control of the dog. Carol, long known in Florida as an expert dog trainer, who’d been training dogs for nearly 50 years, was asked by Sam to train the dog. After what seemed like endless hours of training, there emerged this amazing service dog that was settled, obedient and able to give this man his life back. She now had the skills to pick up dropped items, open and close doors, bring him water from the refrigerator; help him move from his chair to the shower and so much more. Since that first successful pairing, Guardian Angels is very proud to have donated more than 200 wonderful service dogs with deserving veterans and others in need. Guardian Angels trains for a variety of conditions, from mitigation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury symptoms, to seizure or insulin alerting, to mobility issues and more. Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is funded entirely by donation and private grant support. Visit www.medicalservicedogs.org to learn more.

Celebrate Michigan’s Military
This October, join AUSA Arsenal of Democracy Chapter, Women in Defense-Michigan, and National Defense Industrial Association as we celebrate Michigan’s veterans and raise funds to benefit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.

Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 6-9pm
Location: DC3S, 7205 Sterling Ponds Court, Sterling Heights, MI
Tickets: $125 per person
Tickets are tax deductible

To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit this website!

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The Rev. Drew Van Culin
Fr. Van Culin was installed as the 10th Rector of Christ Church on May 14, 2013. Prior to coming to Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Fr. Drew served as Sub-Dean at the Cathedral Church of Saint John in the Wilderness, a large, urban parish in the heart of Denver, Colorado. At Saint John's he oversaw the corporate life and operation of the Cathedral, working with and directing a staff of 18 to fulfill the mission of the cathedral church. In addition to his principal role as Sub-Dean, Father Drew shared the responsibilities of daily prayer, pastoral care, worship development and leadership, preaching, and teaching as a member of the Cathedral Chapter. Prior to his ministry at Saint John's, Father Drew served ministries in Hawaii, Colorado, and Florida. Following his ordination in 1999, Fr. Drew began his ordained ministry working with three Episcopal Churches on the Big Island to develop the West Hawaii Youth Ministry. He then became Priest-in-Charge and Rector of Saint David of the Hills in Woodland Park, Colorado. During this period, Fr. Drew also served as a Chaplain at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2005, Father Van Culin was called to serve as the Associate for Christian Formation at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, a large, vibrant parish in Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Fr. Van Culin at www.christchurchgp.org.

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Chamber Music Society of Detroit
The mission of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit is to bring together inspired musicians and passionate listeners for extraordinary chamber music experiences. The Chamber Music Society of Detroit began in 1944 as an informal association of people brought together by radio musical educator Dr. Karl Haas for the purpose of listening to chamber music. Dr. Haas instituted lectures (the forerunners to his "Adventures in Good Music" internationally syndicated radio programs) at the Detroit Public Library to inform the public about upcoming concerts. During its first ten seasons, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit (known in its earliest years as the Chamber Music Festival) presented its concerts at the Detroit Institute of Arts Lecture Hall. Until the late 1960's, Chamber Music Society of Detroit ensembles often comprised the first chair musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, including such artists as Josef Gingold and Mischa Mischakoff, as well as Dr. Haas himself as pianist. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Wogaman, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit has reshaped its concert series and expanded its geographic radius. In 2012, a Detroit-based concert series was created which is now called the Midtown Series and is held at Wayne State University's Schaver Recital Hall. In 2013, a partnership was established between the CMSD and the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Oakland University creating the Oakland Series. These series, together with the Signature Chamber Series at Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, bring many of the world's great performers each season to venues across metro Detroit. To learn more about CMSD and view their upcoming season, visit www.chambermusicdetroit.org.
 

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The Juilliard String Quartet
Founded in 1946 and hailed by The Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the ensemble draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. Each performance of the Juilliard String Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment, and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature. Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard String Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour. The JSQ is string quartet in residence at Juilliard and its members are all sought-after teachers on the string and chamber music faculties. Each May, they host the five-day internationally recognized Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. During the summer, the JSQ works closely on string quartet repertoire with students at the Tanglewood Music Center. To learn more, visit www.juilliardstringquartet.org.


August 10, 2019
In August's episode of Inspired Heroes, co-host Ann Thomas and Ted Everingham are joined by a special co-host, War Memorial President and CEO Charles Burke, as they take a closer look at cultural and community leaders in the metro-Detroit region. Together, the three are joined by our new friend Candi Angotti, as she shares an incredible story of family and patriotism, with an extra special connection to the historic Alger Estate and The War Memorial’s annual Memorial Day service. In the second half of August’s show, our co-hosts are joined by longtime friend Arthur White, as he shares exciting news about Michigan Opera Theatre and their upcoming season. CultureSource Executive Director Omari Rush visits with Ann, Ted, and Charles to discuss challenges and issues facing the non-profit sector as organizations attempt to make waves to propel the arts forward in in our communities.

Learn about this month’s guests:

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Michigan Opera Theatre
Michigan Opera Theatre, one of the nation’s most vibrant nonprofit arts organizations, is committed to presenting opera and dance of the highest artistic caliber. Founded in 1971 by Dr. David DiChiera, the company’s mission is to serve as a major cultural resource to the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit. The organization is led by President and CEO Wayne S. Brown, Principal Conductor Stephen Lord, and Chairman of the Board Rick Williams. Visit the website at www.michiganopera.org.

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CultureSource
In an ever-changing world, one thing often remains the same; the cathartic process of keeping the arts alive and contributing to culture. Founded in 2007, CultureSource has been established as one of the most prominent advocates for these practices in Southeast Michigan and behave as liaisons between the arts in the local community in both the public and private sectors. With a mission to advance the work of organizations that cultivate creating and cultural expression in Southeast Michigan, CultureSource is a beacon of light in the community for artistry, expression and creative societal development. In order to keep the momentum of community development, they partner with public schools and establish arts and curriculum standards beyond the traditional classroom. For more information, visit www.culturesource.org.


July 13, 2019
July’s episode of Inspired Heroes takes a look at The War Memorial’s annual SummerFest, as our hosts Ann Thomas (filling in for Marie Osborne) and Ted Everingham chat with clarinet virtuoso, Dave Bennett, who will be performing at a special SummerFest encore performance on August 6. The show shifts focus in the second half to focus on veteran entrepreneurialism and local heroes who have founded organizations that give back to both the veteran community and metro-Detroit neighborhoods. Ann and Ted discuss personal growth and development with TJ Typinski, founder of Lions Den Detroit, a program which helps men and women achieve their greatest potential through a rigorous 8-week boot-camp, aimed at refining the mind, body, and spirit. Jarret Schalff, CEO and founder of Pingree Detroit, joins to share how his company’s mission of empowering and employing veterans and metro-Detroiters is seen through the production of shoes…crafted with reclaimed leather from the Detroit auto industry.

Learn about this month’s guests:

Dave Bennett
Dave Bennett returns to The War Memorial’s lakefront lawn this summer with another genre-bending set for our annual SummerFest festival! Getting his start from school band, Dave has since then developed an extensive repertoire. In addition to his own original compositions, Bennett has had opportune performances at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, performances with American and Canadian orchestras alike including Nashville, Detroit, Rochester, Omaha, Toronto, Vancouver, Orlando, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Portland, Ore. and Portland, Maine, Houston, and countless solo shows across the country. Dave and his band will join SummerFest for a special encore performance on August 6, at 7:30pm. For more information about Dave and his upcoming shows, visit davebennett.com. To learn more about SummerFest and view the complete lineup, visit www.warmemorial.org/summerfest!

Lions Den Detroit
Founded by U.S. Army Veteran T.J. Typinski, and recently debuting its first cohort, Lions Den Detroit is an establishment unlike any other. Lions Den Detroit is built on the basis of self-improvement and sustainable growth woven into an 8-week long training period changing the trajectory of everyday life; utilizing fitness, fighting, food, mindset, and family as catalyst for change. The program aids men and women in exploiting their potential for growth by heightening their physical and mental stamina and exploring the spiritual aspect of self. The program is based off of the military mindset of discipline and consistency, giving civilians experiences that would otherwise be unreachable outside of the service . For more information on upcoming cohorts and mission statements, visit www.lionsdendetroit.com.

Pingree Detroit
Founded in 2015 by Jarrett Schalff, Pingree Detroit is the first company to produce shoes in Detroit since 1894. Named after Hazen S. Pingree, arguably one of the most progressive Detroit natives of his time. Pingree Detroit utilizes re-purposed leather from the automobile industry to create bags, shoes and accessories with a distinctive Detroit flair. Pingree teaches Detroiters, most notably US veterans, trade skills in industrial sewing, shoe making and leather crafting, bringing a fresh take infrastructure and product development back to the city. Completely employee owned and operated, Pingree presents a unique equal opportunity in Detroit. For more information, visit www.pingreedetroit.com.


June 8, 2019
In June’s episode Inspired Heroes, we explore the network of community heroes in our backyard. Hosts Marie and Ted speak with Josh Elling, executive director of Jefferson East, Inc. on Jazzin’ at the Vanity, Detroit’s premiere jazz and blues festival; Amy Peterson, president and CEO of Rebel Nell, an organization with a mission to employ and empower women facing hardship; and Robert Boyle, the executive director of The Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan, providing furniture and housing necessities to families in need. This month, we take a deeper look into what it means to be part of a community, be a neighbor, and uplift on a local level.

Learn about this month’s guests:

Jefferson East, Inc.
Jefferson East, Inc. presents Jazzin’ at the Vanity, a culture-rich festival with food, live music, and a diverse, family-friendly vibe on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Held in the Vanity Ballroom located on the corner of Jefferson and Newport in Detroit’s lower east side, is one of the last surviving big-band era ballrooms in Detroit. This event is rooted deep in the historical integrity of Motown jazz and blues. Focusing on social and economic development in Detroit’s east Jefferson neighborhoods, Jefferson East, Inc. works hard to implement programming and residential opportunities to both conserve and positively impact the Five Historic Detroit Neighborhoods, fostering what it means to live, work, and play in the Jefferson Corridor. To learn more about Jefferson East, Inc. and various ways to get involved, visit www.jeffersoneast.org

Rebel Nell
Founded in 2013 by current president and CEO Amy Peterson, Rebel Nell is force of social capital helping to erase barriers presented to women in times of transitioning out of homelessness. Stemming from inspiration to help disadvantaged women after living next to a homeless shelter, Peterson created Rebel Nell to focus on financial rehabilitation, education, entrepreneurship and fostering independent livelihood. By providing an outlet for creative justice to be transformed into for-profit products, women facing hardship are employed to create jewelry out of graffiti from Detroit, turning what would otherwise be scraps from buildings into wearable art. Since its inception in 2013, the company has provided two hundred and ninety- five thousand dollars in earned wages, twenty-four jobs and has helped house 14 families. To learn more about Rebel Nell and various ways to get involved, visit www.rebelnell.com.

The Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan
The Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan provides beds, necessary furniture, bedding, and smaller appliances to people and families in need. Originated from a group of volunteers in 1968, this organization has evolved into a network of professionals, serving more than sixty-five thousand local families transitioning out of homelessness, fire victims, domestic violence victims, and more. With community, respect for resources, and the environment in mind, The Furniture Bank aids in ensuring that a house becomes a home . To learn more about The Furniture Bank and various ways to get involved, visit www.furniture-bank.org.


May 11, 2019
May's episode takes an in-depth look at all things Memorial Week! We cover everything from Our Community Salutes, to the remarkable lakefront service on Memorial Day. Hosts Ted and Marie chat with Major General (Ret.) Gregory Vadnais, who will be receiving the Spirit of Service Award at An Evening of Red, White, and Blue this year.  You'll also get a chance to hear from our gala co-chairs, the masterminds behind this remarkable event, as they share all that went into planning this evening! For an added element of fun, Ben Seidmen joins to share secrets of his upcoming show with friend Marcus Monroe, The Optical Delusions, premiering at The War Memorial on May 30. 


April 13, 2019
Our second episode of Inspired Heroes takes an in-depth look at the exciting lineup of spring programming scheduled for April and May. Hosts Marie and Ted chat with Steve Bryne, executive director of the Freep Film Festival, on the festival’s impact on the city of Detroit (as well as the The Patriot Theater’s involvement this year)! Marie and Ted then have a very honest and moving conversation with Kevin Sadaj, founder of the Marine Somalia Veterans Association, which helps fellow Marine veterans support each other and raises awareness of the unique impact the Somalia conflict had upon those that served. Dave Curley of One for the Foxes joins to talk about the trio’s return to The War Memorial stage this spring. The episode will end with an exclusive interview with Barbara Pierce Bush, as she walks Marie through how she came to found Global Health Corps and shares a bit of what guests can expect to hear on April 25 when she delivers her keynote address at The War Memorial.


March 9, 2019
In our inaugural episode of Inspired Heroes, hosts Marie Osborne and Ted Everingham chat with War Memorial President and CEO, Charles Burke, about all things War Memorial; it’s mission, purpose, and unwavering commitment to the community and patriotism. Marie and Ted are then joined by Suzy Berschback, author of Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Images of America, who gives an in-depth look at the unique history of The War Memorial from it’s beginning as a family home, to the community institution it is today (and not to mention, a unique connection to The Wright Brothers and a secret door related to Prohibition)! Lastly, War Memorial board director, Alicia Nicholson, joins to share the exciting lineup of arts, culture, film, and culinary events scheduled for this spring.

Know of a hero who deserves recognition? Someone with a special connection to arts, culture, or patriotism? Email us at inspiredheroes@warmemorial.org.


Our Hosts

Marie Osborne

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Marie Osborne is an Anchor and Reporter for WJR Radio Detroit. She has been named one of the most influential women in Detroit radio and her work has been heard on the ABC and CBS radio networks. She has reported from China and Europe and her work has been heard internationally on the BBC and Voice of America. She is a graduate of the University of Detroit, a three time winner of the national Edward R. Murrow award, and the winner of a national Headliner Award. Marie has been honored numerous times by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Associated Press.

Ted Everingham

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Ted Everingham has made a career of advising businesses and business people, who know and appreciate him as a creative, results-oriented attorney with a strong background in general corporate law, securities regulation, complex negotiations and mergers, acquisitions and other major business transactions. Since 1998, Everingham and Associates has been a successful law practice advising businesses and business people about business organization, capital formation, business finance, joint ventures and mergers, acquisitions and other complex commercial transactions. Clients include manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, medical practice groups and other healthcare providers, investment banking firms and professional and other service businesses.