|Emily Wilson, Chad Houser and Donald Driver |
(Photo Credit:Danny Hurly)
To celebrate their upcoming featured episode in new, inspirational docu-series “The Hero Effect,” Café Momentum hosted a special four-course, pop-up dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 30. In case you didn't know about this very cool Dallas concept, Café Momentum is a restaurant training platform that provides post-release paid internships for juvenile offenders through which they will receive intensive culinary, job, and life-skill training as well as continued mentoring and support to foster successful re-entry into the community. In addition to significantly reducing recidivism, Café Momentum creates opportunities for long-term, sustainable (legal) employment for a demographic that would otherwise continue to burden the justice system and taxpayers.
The red carpet event and screening at Cafe Momentum were co-hosted by Donald Driver (“Dancing with the Stars” Winner, Super Bowl champ) and Emily Wilson (Actress and Advocate), who also joined the event as guest chefs while also mingling with the attendees. After the dinner, guests were treated to a complimentary screening of the special Café Momentum episode of “The Hero Effect,” set to air on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Presented by United Way and produced by Dolphin Entertainment, "The Hero Effect" is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of everyday people who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode will celebrate everyday heroes that facilitate beneficial, life-changing impact on the people around them. The heroes featured in the series were identified in part through nominations from the 1,200 local United Ways across the country. Each episode concludes with a call-to-action, encouraging viewers to visit www.HeroEffect.com and connect with their local United Way or other community-based organizations to create positive change.
Dallas-based Donald Driver spent all 14 seasons of his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, where he holds the record as the all-time leading receiver. In addition to the Super Bowl championship during the 2010 season, Driver is the only Packer to receive a public retirement ceremony and keys to the city. A passionate philanthropist his whole life, Driver runs the “Donald Driver Foundation,” which serves underprivileged children and families, and the “Donald Driver Driven To Achieve Awards,” which provides scholarship money to students. In addition to winning “Dancing with the Stars” in 2012, Driver is also an acclaimed author with four children’s books and the New York Times best-selling memoir, Driven.
In addition to co-hosting “The Hero Effect” with Donald Driver, Emily Wilson has had recurring roles on ABC’s “General Hospital” since 2012 as well as Aaron Sorkin's “The Newsroom” on HBO. She was also a series regular on MTV’s “Disaster Date” for three seasons. Some of her other television credits include appearances on “Castle,” “Bones,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Californication,” “NCIS” and “Entourage.” She has appeared in the feature films “Meet the Spartans” and “House Bunny,” and most recently as one of the leads in the independent feature “Tenured,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. Wilson is also a passionate philanthropist who volunteers for several national organizations. In October 2016, Wilson married actor Adhir Kalyan known for starring in the role of Timmy on the TV series “Rules of Engagement” and for his appearance in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” Kalyan will also be in attendance at the Café Momentum event and help in the kitchen.
“Café Momentum started out as a pop-up dinner, so it made perfect sense for us to return to our roots to celebrate being a part of ‘The Hero Effect,’” said Chad Houser, Café Momentum’s executive director and chef. “And we are thrilled to have Donald Driver and Emily Wilson in the kitchen as guest chefs serving up some of their favorite flavors and working side-by-side with our interns.”
The first episode of “The Hero Effect” aired on Nov. 12. Café Momentum is the second episode in the monthly series, which will air on Dec. 10.
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