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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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.