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Our Masters of Ceremonies
Mike Augustyniak is the weekend morning meteorologist at WCCO. He also created and hosts “Mike’s Mix,” a weekly segment focusing on the art and science behind making the perfect cocktail. His work has been recognized for multiple Emmy Awards for Broadcast Excellence. At the University at Albany he studied meteorology under several of the world’s leading research scientists.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in atmospheric science and holds the American Meteorological Society Television Seal of Approval. He received his Masters of Science degree in atmospheric science, also from the University at Albany. Findings from his master’s thesis on Mohawk-Hudson Convergence are currently in use to help meteorologists make more accurate forecasts around the region. He has been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning.
Twin Cities media personality Jason Matheson returns to FOX 9 News in March as a special entertainment news contributor. Matheson, who is also the host of My Talk 107.1’s “Jason and Alexis” Show, was with FOX 9 for over a decade and helped launch the “FOX 9 Morning Buzz” among his many other projects.
Jason is a native of Michigan City, Indiana. He attended Columbia College in Chicago, with a focus on television production. During his run as co-host of “The Buzz,” Jason won three Regional Emmy Awards.
We are excited to welcome back auctioneer Karen Sorbo to “Songs from the Heart!”
As a leading benefit auctioneer, Karen Sorbo’s dedication, effusive energy, commanding yet elegant stage presence and precision techniques have engaged audiences across the country. Karen has raised over $500 million dollars conducting over 2,500 auctions since graduating from both the Missouri Auctioneer School and World Wide College of Auctioneering in 1993.
Karen achieved national recognition as an auctioneer and spokesperson for important and humanitarian causes. Highly regarded for her knowledge and expertise as a fundraiser Karen has been featured in local and national media. In 2011, she was selected as part of the 2011 “Women of Influence” Speaker Series by Minnesota Monthly Magazine. In January 2012, Karen’s performing, humanitarian efforts and 20 successful years as a leading benefit auctioneer were showcased on Access To Experts TV.
Karen’s level of experience encompasses successful financial procurement over a wide spectrum of programs including environmental, private and public schools, churches, community projects, and an ever-expanding range of non-profit organizations. Karen offers solid attention to detail and planning, powerful fundraising tools and exemplary service. With Karen, clients can rest assured that their benefit auction event will be passionately and professionally orchestrated by a seasoned expert.
Karen is also known for her work as a motivational speaker and author. In 2013, Karen published her motivational book Your Inner Butterfly.
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
Now celebrating its 34th year, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC) is a non-profit, volunteer community chorus whose mission is Gay Men Building Community Through Music. TCGMC provides its members with rewarding musical experiences and promotes social exchange. As an organization, the chorus celebrates diversity and uses music as a way to transform, educate and heal, towards the elimination of homophobia and intolerance through community outreach. For more information about TCGMC, visit tcgmc.org.
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus is pleased to share a portion of proceeds with Clare Housing.
Founded in 1987, Clare Housing has created an enduring legacy of providing affordable, supportive housing and compassionate care for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Our person-focused programs are designed to bring together strategies of harm reduction, treatment and care to enhance quality of life and reduce new infections in our community.
Over the last two decades Clare Housing has grown from one residence serving four people to developing, owning, and managing seven residential programs accommodating more than 150 people. Responding to the rapidly changing complexity of the disease, we advance programs and new solutions that address the full-continuum of HIV-related housing needs in our community with the goal of ending homelessness among individuals living with HIV. For more information about Clare Housing, visit their website.