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Women’s Transitional Living Center of Fullerton Takes To The Airwaves

by: Dan Pittman
Posted: April 5, 2021


Singer Diana Drake by Design and her group


FULLERTON...With a nod to the popular radio broadcasts of the last century, nonprofit Women’s Transitional Living Center, Inc. (WTLC) invites guests to gather around the “radio”, aka their computing devices, for a 90-minute fundraiser.
The event hits the airwaves on Saturday, April 17 beginning at 7:30 PM.

This modern take on radio’s classic  “theatre of the mind” experience will feature live music, a virtual auction and much more, raising funds to support the organization’s domestic violence and human trafficking programs.

Guests will be invited to use their imaginations as the show opens in an interior set depicting an established radio studio in the mid 1920s known for great musical entertainment provided by ‘Lady Lola’ that broadcasts live Saturday evenings from the ‘Lola Lounge’. This evening’s broadcast will be hosted by one of radio’s originals, ‘Melvin Manz Plane’​.

During the entertaining evening, we will meet other characters, including supporting actress Claire and her new radio partner, Eugene. The studio production staff will also be seen during the program. The cast includes actor Tony Robinette and music by Diana Drake by Design, performing along with her jazz musicians.

“’Our Story, Your Legacy” Remastering Lives Since 1976” is an apt theme for our annual event, as we acknowledge our generous donors who have made it possible for us to achieve our mission to help individuals and families escape the depths of domestic violence and exploitation since we were founded in 1976,” WTLC’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Lee said. 

RDM General Contractors (RDM) of Costa Mesa will be this year’s HERO (Honor.Empower.Restart.Overcome) honoree. RDM will be feted as an outstanding investor that has championed the cause of survivors and worked tirelessly to ensure their voices are heard by dedicating time, effort, and financial support to address violence in their workplace and/or in their community through the promotion of intervention and prevention methods.

RDM has been an investor with WTLC since 2011, beginning with making in-kind donations of backpacks and gift cards to survivors. In 2012, the company co-hosted an event with Mardo Fine Jewelers in Newport Beach and made a yearend donation of $2,500.  In 2013, RDM replaced WTLC’s shelter roof and assisted in keeping costs low by underwriting the costs of insurance, contractor’s fees, and some materials. In 2015, RDM began hosting a fundraising golf tournament for WTLC that has raised $177,466.87 since its inception. The company has also been an annual gala sponsor since 2016, donating a total of $8,185 through 2019.

Available for $100 each, virtual passes include an on-air box with a variety of snacks, such as popcorn and candy, plus individual cocktails, WTLC-branded hand wipes and sanitizer, a bell, a clapper and a kazoo. The items will be mailed out ahead of the event.

Auction items include an upscale picnic adventure from Thistles and Pickles with food, rentals and photography for up to six guests; a Journey with Wings local scenic airplane flight tour for three; plus whale watching and harbor cruises for two guests each.
  The event also offers sponsorship opportunities ranging from $300 to $5,000. The levels include: Broadcaster $5,000; Program Director $,2500; Producer $1,500, Board Operator $500; and Voice Actor $300.

Depending upon the level of commitment, sponsors will receive on-air snack boxes, mention in promotional materials, advertising during the broadcast and more.

Prospective sponsors can visit or contact Alycia Capone, Director of Advancement & Communications via email at or call 714-992-1939 ext. 104. Photo:DanPittman

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