The “Real Housewives of OKC” lady brought Danny Glover to OKC for a fundraiser…
11:52 AM EDT on July 30, 2013
This past weekend, Hollywood actor and registered weirdo Danny Glover visited Oklahoma City to promote a strange movie, tour local tornado damage and headline a fundraiser for tornado relief.
Because the story involved two things the local media craves – a name celebrity and disaster photo ops – they went out of their way to cover and promote Glover’s visit. Here’s a small sampling of all the local TV news coverage:
KFOR Channel 4 (NBC):Hollywood celebrity visits tornado victims in Steelman EstatesMost of us probably know him from his starring roles in the Lethal Weapon movies.But the 67-year-old actor with the trademark raspy voice is also widely known for his humanitarian efforts.Sunday, Danny Glover, brought those efforts here to Oklahoma.“I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to come out here and visit with those people most affected,” Glover said, while visiting families at Steelman Estates in Shawnee.Glover was in town for a black tie reception and fundraiser at Gaillardia Country Club, with proceeds benefiting California Celebrities Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund.
KWTV Channel 9 (CBS):Actor Danny Glover Visits Tornado Victims In OklahomaA Hollywood star is in Oklahoma this weekend visiting with tornado victims.Danny Glover, the star of the Lethal Weapon Movies, along with other films toured the damage in Bethel Acres.Glover is in town for a fundraiser Sunday night, where part of the proceeds will go toward the "California Celebrities Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund." He tells News 9 he had a duty to be here.
KOKH Fox 25 (Fox):Hollywood Actor Danny Glover Tours Tornado Damage in OklahomaNoted Hollywood actor and producer, Danny Glover makes a stop in Oklahoma to tour tornado damaged areas and help with tornado relief efforts."This is the first time that I've come to Oklahoma, and I'm here in service," said Glover...Glover also toured damage in Moore before making an appearance at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City for a tornado relief fundraiser.
"The State's Most Trusted News" also got in on the action. They plagiarized text from the Channel 9 website while hat-tipping the story on the KOKH website:
The Oklahoman / NewsOK.comA Hollywood star was in Oklahoma this weekend visiting with tornado victims.Danny Glover, the star of the Lethal Weapon Movies, along with other films toured the damage in Bethel Acres.Glover is in town for a fundraiser Sunday night, where part of the proceeds will go toward the "California Celebrities Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund."
First of all, thanks to Mr. Glover for taking the time to tour and visit the affected areas. It’s a nice gesture and we really do appreciate it.
That being said, what’s up with the “California Celebrities Disaster Relief Fund?” That’s a strange name. Usually when celebrities are involved with a fundraiser for a recent disaster, they donate the proceeds to an existing charity like the Red Cross, United Way or their own non-profit foundation. And if they do for some reason create a fund, they certainly don’t name it the “California Celebrities Disaster Relief Fund?" They'd name it "Project Hope" or "We Care" or something like that. “California Celebrities Disaster Relief Fund"sounds so suspicious that you’d think a Nigerian prince or Annette Colbert-Latham – the mastermind behind the “Real Housewives of Oklahoma City” – came up with it.
Oh wait. Annette Colbert-Latham did apparently come up with it. In fact, Danny Glover's entire visit was planned and orchestrated by her. Here’s the invite she posted on her Facebook page. Prepare to be shocked:
First of all, who has a VIP dinner on a Sunday night? Second, you may have missed the crazy part. I'll highlight it:
Yes, $500 to have a “gourmet three course meal” at bankrupt Gallardia with Danny Glover. If that seems excessive, don't worry, a "portion"of the proceeds benefit the “California Celebrities Disaster Relief Fund." Nothing suspicious about that. It seems totally genuine and legitimate, especially when you check out the Facebook comment Colbert-Latham left when she posted the invitation:
Well, that's interesting. Apparently Mr. Glover's visit was intended to help out the "Housewives of Oklahoma City?" I wonder what that means? Could it imply that the real purpose of the fundraiser was to raise money for that joke of a show peddled last June???
Of course, we wouldn't know the answer to that. Instead of investigating that connection, our local media played along and helped promote another one of Colbert-Latham's events. They just heard the words "Danny Glover" and "Tour Tornado Damage," and fled to the scene with cameras at hand. They didn't check sources or do any background research. As they say, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I must work in the Oklahoma City news media.
If it's not obvious by looking at the invite, this whole thing has a fishy smell to it. Here are some thoughts / questions:
• I did dome research and couldn't find a thing about the "California Celebrities Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund." I checked non-profit databases, performed some Google searches, etc., and nothing came up. I guess it could exist, just like Bravo really could be interested in bringing a Real Housewives franchise to Oklahoma City.
• I’d be interested to know how much money was raised at the event, and what portion of the proceeds went to help tornado victims. Also, if only a portion went to the charity, how much went did Annette Colbert-Latham pocket. I'm sure we'll find out eventually. (Yeah right)
• There are a bunch of pics from the event posted on Facebook. Attendance looks sparse, probably because it was held on a Sunday night, cost $500 dollars, and was headlined by Danny Glover. If you were to make a list of 1,000 celebrities that you'd like to meet in person, would Danny Glover make the cut? I doubt it.
In all fairness, this event could be legitimate. I'm just bringing up the red flags and issues that our media failed to report. Also, I expect Anne-Colbert Latham to send me another email like the one she sent after our RHOKC expose:
First and last,I do have a degree from DeVry University as featured by the commercial which aired on USA Networks.I continue to pitch TV/Film projects to networks.I continue to attend TV/Film summits on my own dime.I do not appreciate the "yellow" press in any form.I request that you discontinue any matters relating to me.I did complete and graduated from the Private Pilot course at Metro Tech in 1997.I am cc this email to my attorney if you have any "concerns"."In a multitude of counselors there is safety"Proverbs 11:14Annette D. Colbert-Latham, BSEECEOCDBG Grant AdministratorNational Trust for Historic Preservation Scholar 2008SHPO ConsultantVisage Production, Inc.www.visagefilmstudios.com405-722-2800 office405-722-2801 fax
That's not nearly as fun as the Street Outlaws hate mail I receive.
Anyway, I'll report more on this story when/ if it becomes available. Stay with The Lost Ogle. We'll keep you advised.
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