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Tracy Davidson’s Tasty Talk

Answers Life’s Most Persistent Question.

Tasty Talks founder and host Michelle Leonard welcomed an enthusiastic audience studded with newscasters, filmmakers, fashion designers, photographers and lawyers to the elegant Yangming banquet room to hear NBC10 news anchor and motivational speaker Tracy Davidson, winner of 11 Emmy awards.

Tracy, who has contributed her time at hundreds of community and charity events throughout Greater Philadelphia, shared her lifelong quest to answer the question, “What are you doing for others?”

“People say to me, did you always know you wanted to be on TV? Absolutely not. But in college, I went to a meeting for the radio station and discovered the teletype machine. Information was coming in from all across the world! I caught the bug, and started covering local stories. Then I got a job in Rochester, then in Syracuse.

“I was in radio for a very long time before becoming a weekend TV anchor in Syracuse, focusing on consumer news. When they offered me the weekday anchor position, I said absolutely not. I want to shine a light on issues people need to know about. Then the station manager, a very smart man, said, “Do you want to influence what we put on TV going forward?” And I said, When do I start?

“About 15 years ago, I got the urge to get a Masters in Theology – all while doing this crazy job. But first I had to finish my undergrad degree. At Temple, I humbled myself with 18 year olds in sweats wondering what the TV lady is doing with them. After graduating, and earning my religious studies certificate from St. Charles Seminary, I explored holistic spirituality at Chestnut Hill College. One day a classmate said, “Why? Why are you doing all this?” I replied that I could be of greater service if I could talk to people from all spiritual backgrounds about God’s Love. And she said, “You’re already doing the work … on the air, in your charity work. That’s your gift.” Right then a light came on for me. She was right.

Before ending her talk, Tracy handed the mic to attorney Mary Pugh, Executive Director of the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, beneficiary of her Tasty Talk. Mary spoke passionately about how MCAP’s pro-bono lawyers have defended over 6,000 abused and neglected kids, fighting to give them back their childhood. Anna Welsh, a local 8th grade student, was at the event to support MCAP  – and the environment – with the sale of her “Little Bags, Big Impact” line, which she made by hand from vintage fabrics.

Tracy closed her Tasty Talk by sharing the lyrics from a Matthew West song that laments a world full of troubles. “At one point in the song he says, God, why don’t you do something!?! And God said, I did. I made you.”

In 2017, Tracy received the “Hero Award” from MCAP. We are grateful that God made Tracy.

Please join us Wednesday June 26 as we welcome Gina Gannon.

TV and event host Gina Gannon can be seen reporting traffic on 6ABC Action News, on QVC as a brand educator, and hosting episodes of the lifestyle show FYI Philly, where she presents the food segment. Gina’s charity is the non profit animal advocacy group Mums for Mutts. Gina serves on the Board of Directors, supporting their efforts to help local shelter animals find forever homes.

Hors d’oeuvres begin at 12:30, followed by Gina’s Tasty Talk and lunch. Just $25 ($30 at the door, if seats available) covers a wonderful family-style lunch, dessert, tax and tip, and your donation. Call 610-527-3200 now to reserve your seats via credit card, or click below to pay via PayPal.

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