Morning Show Insider: Rhonda's Thoughts on Giving Back


Rhonda Walker: The giving of your time, talents, attention, love, thoughtfulness and resources is one of the greatest things that you can do in life not just for the person you help but for you to. I have yet to meet a person who didn't have an immediate feeling of joy and purpose after helping someone in need.

Over the past week, I have had the honor to give and be in the presence of hundreds of giving Metro Detroiters. It's always a happy day when you are surrounded by people only present to do something to better the life of someone else.

I wanted to share a recap of each event today to inspire you the next time you have the opportunity to help someone, to take it.  :)


On Sunday, I spent the day at the Focus Hope 45th Annual March 4 Hope Walk on Sunday with hundreds of supportive Metro Detroiters. Focus Hope founded in 1968 after the Detroit riots with a mission to help overcome racism, poverty and injustice. Today, from its Detroit campus on Oakwood Blvd provides youth development, food for seniors, job training and so much more. 


Thursday, I dressed up in my fascinator to host the 15th Annual Polish the Jewel Legacy Luncheon benefiting the Belle Isle Conservancy where hundreds of passionate Detroiters gathered at the Detroit Yacht Club last week to raise funds for the exciting Belle Isle Beachfront Revitalization Project. Get ready for a new beachfront with a view of the Detroit River and Detroit skyline with food, drinks and a lovely veranda coming soon! 


And on Friday, along with my Rhonda Walker Foundation team we hosted 200 guests at our inaugural Rise Up For Girls Breakfast at the Detroit Golf Club in honor of International Day of the Girl to share our 16 year impact on Detroit youth and an invitation to further get involved with our program as a donor, volunteer, mentor or partner. 


And then a couple hours later on Friday, I joined a panel discussion with Rep. Debbie Dingell, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Florine Mark and other members of the media at the 20th annual ReMarkable Women Luncheon and Conference hosted annually by Florine Mark for hundreds of business women to empower and raise funds for women's health units at hospitals across the metro area.

Here's what's coming up on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

🌧️ All Morning -- Overnight Showers

Brandon Roux: We will have showers overnight and Wednesday looks like one of those days where temps will be dropping throughout the day. So, we may start in the morning in the 50s, but we should be falling down into the 40s through the afternoon and evening as a cold front bringing the rain early, will deliver cooler air throughout the day. We will see a few scattered rain showers coming and going and the winds will be cranking for a couple of days WSW 10-20 mph gusting to 30-35 mph. 

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be watching the roads for us all morning. She'll have any construction updates and traffic trouble spots for the week.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

📚 All Morning -- Rhonda's Brag Book

Do you know a young person who is really making a difference in our community? A standout student, volunteer, star athlete - or all around incredible person?

As Rhonda mentioned, we want you to submit their information on ClickOnDetroit and they could land in Rhonda Walker's brag book! As Rhonda mentioned, she'll show off two incredible students Wednesday.

🎫 All Morning -- Win Patti LaBelle Tickets

Evrod and Patti LaBelle will be performing together on Sunday, October 20th at the Motor City Soundboard. We have a pair of tickets to give away to one Local 4 viewer...but you have to watch to win! 


👨‍⚕️ 6:40 a.m. -- Wellness Wednesday: When Doctors Get Sick

What do doctors do when they get sick? They're certainly not immune to what's going around. Dr. Frank McGeorge will share his personal recipe for feeling better fast and what he does to stay as health as possible, especially heading into the cold and flu season.


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📺 Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • Tuesday Question: When did the last episode of the original 'I Love Lucy' series air?
  • Answer: May 6, 1957
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

📅 National Days: October 16th

  • National Liqueur Day
  • National Dictionary Day
  • Global Cat Day
  • Department Store Day
  • BRA Day USA
  • Hagfish Day 
  • Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce 
  • National Fossil Day
  • National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day 
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day 
  • Boss's Day 

📜 History Highlights: October 16th

  • In 1916, Planned Parenthood had its beginnings as Margaret Sanger and her sister, Ethel Byrne, opened the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York.
  • In 1978, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla to be the new pope; he took the name John Paul II.
  • In 1995, a vast throng of black men gathered in Washington, D.C. for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

🎂 Celebrity Birthdays: October 16th

Celebrating a birthday Wednesday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Actress Suzanne Somers is 73. 
  • Guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead is 72. 
  • Actor Andy Kindler ("Everybody Loves Raymond") is 63. 
  • Actor-director Tim Robbins is 61.
  • Bassist Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is 57. 
  • Actor Christian Stolte ("Chicago Fire") is 57. 
  • Actress Terri J. Vaughn ("All of Us," "The Steve Harvey Show") is 50. 
  • Singer Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips is 50. 
  • Singer-songwriter John Mayer is 42. 
  • Actor Kyler Pettis ("Days of Our Lives") is 27.

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