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#Cans4Cans 2018

#cans4cans 2018 Peter K. O'Connell Voiceover Talent

Radio Imaging Voice Talent Peter K. O’Connell participating in the 2018 #Cans4Cans Food Donation event, sponsored by Benztown

For regular readers of my blog who are not me or my immediate family (in other words those three of you), you might recall that I have (for many years) supported a cause called #Cans4Cans. Lots of voiceover talents do.

Radio imaging company Benztown is sponsoring its fifth annual “Cans4Cans” Holiday Benefit and Giveaway to help drive donations to the LA Food Bank. I know, I’m in Raleigh, NC not LA, but there is hunger everywhere — in the Triangle, in Los Angeles and everyplace in between.

From now until Thursday, December 20th, 2018, radio personalities, voiceover talents and pretty much anybody involved with audio media can post a photo of themselves wearing their headphones (aka “cans”) to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #Cans4Cans. In exchange for that picture post and hashtag, Benztown is going to donate a can of food to the Los Angeles Food Bank!

The company said over 900 people participated in posting their photo for the Holiday Benefit in 2017.

So this post is my very small part to help fix a very big problem. If you would like to participate, snap a photo with your cans on, post to FB, Twitter and or IG with the hashtag #Cans4Cans. Simple as that.

Merry Christmas!

Bob Souer’s Go Fund Me Campaign

Voice Talents Peter K OConnell and Bob Souer at a Pittsburgh Pirates game in Pittsburgh, PA

Voice Talents Peter K. O’Connell and Bob Souer at a Pittsburgh Pirates game in 2013

As it does sometimes, life can  hit any of us right in the crotch. It really hurts.

Hard as we try and do the right thing, bad stuff happens…much of it out of our control.

But how we react to these whacks that life doles out is what matters. It’s never easy. Sometimes it makes us stronger. Almost always, it makes us more humble.

I speak from experience. No doubt you can too.

Voice-Over Actors Jill Perry, Pam Tierney, Kara Edwards, Peter K. O'Connell, Caryn Clark, Melissa Exelberth, Bob Souer, Rowell Gorman, Alexander Vishniakoff, Debra Webb, Beth Whistler, Robert John Hughes in Atlanta, GA in 2009

Marice Tobias Workshop, Atlanta, GA, 2009: FRONT ROW: Jill Perry, Pam Tierney, Kara Edwards MIDDLE ROW: Peter K. O’Connell, Caryn Clark, Melissa Exelberth BACK ROW: Bob Souer, Rowell Gorman, Alexander Vishniakoff, Debra Webb, Beth Whistler, Robert John Hughes CUT OFF ONLY DUE TO PHOTOGRAPHER ERROR: Mike Stoudt

This morning, my longtime friend and fellow voice talent Bob Souer did what I imagine to be a very difficult thing. He started a Go Fund Me campaign to help him overcome staggering debt brought on by family medical bills not covered by insurance. His family faced two major medical issues in 2018 (both Bob’s wife and his daughter).

He has publicly asked for our help. I am asking that you financially support his Go Fund Me campaign, as I have.

For the 37+ years I’ve been in voiceover, I would be hard pressed to direct you to another voice talent who has so actively tried to share his time and talent like Bob Souer does. He’s quite a generous man.

Voice Talents Peter K. O'Connell, Kara Edwards, Bob Souer, Charlotte, NC November 2007

Voice Talents Peter K. O’Connell, Kara Edwards & Bob Souer in Charlotte, NC, November 2007

He’s a fairly private fellow too. It could not have been easy to make this public request (it wouldn’t be easy for any of us)…but he did what he had to do after the life whacks his family took in 2018.

Now it’s time for us to share some of our treasure with Bob to help him overcome the crushing medical debt he is saddled with. With all of the voiceover community pitching in, no matter the amount, we can help him become whole again.

With my thanks, I ask that you please donate now.