My involvement in the community began in my early days at KPRC, when I co-hosted both the Muscular Dystrophy and the United Negro College Fund telethons. I took the telethon model and paired it with my love for animals and created a Pet-A-Thon on Ch. 2, teaming up with the Houston Humane Society in helping them find good homes for their shelter animals.
I also wanted to give back to my alma mater, the University of Houston. The school asked me to host a golf tournament, raising funds for student athletes. I’ve been teeing up for my Coogs since 1997. I also sit on the Alumni Advisory Board for the School of Communication and work with local students helping them plan their careers.
When my son was born in 2005 and was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy, I lent my voice to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (now FARE) to raise critical research and support dollars to help families with food allergies. My son outgrew his allergy by age 2, but my work for others who suffer from potentially fatal allergies continues with my annual food allergy walk.
I was also the first Houston reporter to bring to light Inflammatory Breast Cancer to viewers in a story profiling a local survivor and the IBC clinic at MD Anderson. I hosted a phone bank, with doctors and providers answering viewers’ questions about this frightening disease. I have also contributed to fundraising efforts for that clinic.
I also support numerous charities throughout the year by lending my voice as an emcee and supporter, and in some cases my feet. I danced my heart out doing the Cha Cha for the Houston Ballet in “Dancing With The Houston Stars.” I was honorary chair for “Heroes for Children” with a record-breaking luncheon in 2014. I have emceed events for “Children at Risk,” Bo’s Place,” “Star of Hope,” “American Cancer Society,” “CanCare,” “Liberty Path,” “The Children’s Museum,” “Habitat for Humanity,” “Dec My Room,” St. Jude,” “Virtuosi,” just to name a few.
Together with my husband, Nick Florescu, with his deep Romanian roots, we strive to make lasting changes, not only in children’s lives in Houston, but also in his family’s homeland with the Florescu Foundation. Currently, the foundation is focused on assisting Santa Macrina in Bucharest, Romania with its growth and expansion. Established in 1997 by local Christian churches, Santa Macrina is a nonprofit facility that provides housing, education and nourishment for homeless children and young adults.