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Operation Blankets of Love says several hundred dogs and cats adopted over the weekend

OBOL kisses pig

OBOL’s Brad Smulson will kiss any animal, even a pig if it helps in the adoption.

OBOL’s Brad Smulson making friends with Tallulah at the NKLA Super Adoption Event!
About 250 furbabies were adopted over the weekendBe sure to always stop by and visit the OBOL booth and ADOPT a dog or a cat! Couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks! OBOL helped us find Tango below. Brad takes time out to kiss a pig.

L-R, Eileen Smulson, OBOL, Charlotte Ross and NBCLA Anchor Robert Kovacik MC the adoption event.

Congrats NKLA, Best Friends Super Adoption Weekend. 500 furbabies were adopted thanks to all the the operationblanketsoflove.org volunteers…NBCLA Anchor, Robert Kovacik was the MC with Charlotte Ross helping out.


Eileen Smulson, OBOL with County Sheriff Deputy

Eileen Smulson, OBOL with Officer Torres, LA Co.

Officer Torres from LA County, Downey Shelter also stopped by to say hello and help OBOL will be delivering warm comfort supplies. Other Animal News at OBOL…

Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center:
SPARC is now an official drop of location for ‘Operation Blankets of Love’ A nationally recognized animal welfare and relief non-profit organization providing aid and comfort to Homeless Animals in Shelters and Rescues.
You can also contribute online at www.OperationBlanketsofLove.org
“We are happy to be part of a network which provides such comfort for animals,” said Eilen Smulson, OBOL. “Our loving girl Chica, who has a terrible case of arthritis is a prime example of what a single comfortable blanket can do.santa paula rescue

Watching her snuggle up and relax a very needed rest, provides a ear to ear grin for all involved. Any support in this ‘Operation’ is SO appreciated. Thank you all for continuous support.” “Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center Our Executive Director and staff of Operation Blankets of Love going the extra mile to change the lives of our loved animals!”, she said.

LA Press Club honors the best SoCal Journalist at red carpet awards event

LA PRESS CLUB AWARDS on the Red Carpet

(L-R) NBC Anchor Robert Kovacik, Willow Bay, USC Anneberg School of Journalism and Cheryl Calvin.

LA PRESS CLUB AWARDS (this story appeared 1st on EXAMINER.com

Today we see greater diversity in the newsroom and in the ways we provide information. ThePress Club has been striving to embrace Internet journalists and bloggers–clearly the wave of the future. The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 56 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.

LA press received a record amount of newspaper, magazine, TV and radio entries at the club‘s 57th Southern California Journalism Awards at the star-studded red carpet event held at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA, Sunday, June 28th.“We had more than a thousand journalist entries this year, which is a new record and all that competition makes it more special,” said Robert Kovacik, president, LA Press Club. “Many of these journalists were schooled by Willow Bay, director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, who received the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement.

LA Press Club mixer with Robert Kovcik

LA Press Club President Robert Kovaci at the mixer prior to the dinner and awards program.


 photos by Antonella Carla

The most prestigious award was presented by philanthropist and USC Trustee Wallis Annenberg. Bay, now entering her second year as School of Journalism director, is a veteran television journalist as well as a digital news editor and author. She was the first woman to co-anchor CNN’s financial news program “Moneyline News Hour,” and has anchored or co-anchored numerous shows on CNN, NBC, MSNBC and ABC. She helped guide the early expansion of The Huffington Post, where she still serves as Senior Strategic Adviser, and she works as a special correspondent for Bloomberg TV.

LA Press Club Awards

On the red carpet at the LA Press Club’s 57th Annual Awards event in Downtown LA at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

“She has inspired her colleagues as an anchor and correspondent with engaging, intelligent and insightful reporting. Now she is inspiring future generations at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. And how lucky we are to have her right here in our own backyard,” said Kovacik. Bay is also an author, as well as a highly sought-after moderator at key forums for thought leaders and has led panels with prominent politicians, philanthropists, athletes, cultural figures and CEOs such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com), Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo), Howard Schultz (Starbucks) and Larry Page (Google). At The Huffington Post, she interviewed Warren Buffet, Sheryl Sandberg and the Dalai Lama for the site’s first global live-streaming event.

“The LA Press Club is such a vital part of this city’s journalism ecosystem,” Bay said. “I am deeply honored to receive the Quinn Award and join the list of remarkable past winners.”TheQuinn Award was established in 1979 in the name of the late Joseph M. Quinn, a former Press Club president, and war correspondent who built City News Service and founded the club‘s awards program in 1957. The award has been presented to local and national journalists, including Walter Cronkite, Otis Chandler, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Ann Curry, Judy Woodruff, Warren Olney and Patt Morrison.

Also at the Press Club‘s Awards gala, USC Annenberg students competed with professional journalists in a roster of categories. Students at Neon TommyAnnenberg Radio News, Annenberg TV News, and Intersections South L.A. had a total of 55 nominations, also a new record. For a list of the winners visit the LA Press Club‘s website: lapressclub.org/.