Executive Producer Salvatore Alaimo, and videographers Michael Elzinga and Aaron Bannasch shot footage of a discussion with Nell Newman, co-founder and President of Newman’s Own Organics, at the organic farm on the campus of the University of California-Santa Cruz. Ms. Newman discussed the company’s charitable giving, the influence her parents had on her giving, as well as the importance of organic farming and sustainable agriculture.
The crew also shot footage of a discussion with Rene Austudillo and Spandan Chakrabarti of the Lupus Foundation of Northern California in San Jose. They discussed the challenges of enhancing our awareness for this autoimmune disease and relying on philanthropic dollars to work towards their mission. Evanne Grate told her heartfelt story of when she discovered as a teenager she had Lupus and how the disease has impacted her life ever since.