As a Discovery employee, one of my favorite days of the year is “Discover Your Impact Day,” an annual company-wide event that sends global employees into their communities to make a difference.
Tomorrow, 4,000 employees in more than 50 offices and nearly 35 countries will be participating in over 200 projects throughout the world. Channeling their own personal passions and skills, employees will work on a variety of projects including beautifying local schools, serving food at homeless shelters, providing mentorship to recent GED graduates, collecting trash at parks – the list is endless!
Every year, Impact Day grows with the Discovery family, and this year, we are excited to welcome Fatafeat, Espresso Education and DeFranco Creative.
For years, TLC’s Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, has shared his baking masterpieces with fans through his TLC shows and Cake Boss Cafe. Now, Buddy is inviting you to bring the magic of Carlo’s Bakery into your own kitchen with his Cake Boss Bakeware Collection, featuring everything you need to be a bakery boss in your own kitchen.
Not one to get stuck in the kitchen, Buddy will also be traveling to the Texas State Fair on Saturday, September 28 to share his cake love. From Michaels’ mobile truck, Buddy will give away 250 copies of his book, Baking with the Cake Boss, and fans will also have the chance to spin the Cake Boss “Cake Roulette” wheel for prizes from the bakeware line. And, if you’re far from Texas, Michaels stores across the country will host their own “Cake Roulette” events on Saturday from 10am to noon.
Ready to get baking like the Boss? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and CakeBossBaking.com – and start perfecting your baking skills with Buddy’s video, “Making a Rose,” below!
Buddy Valastro of TLC’s Cake Boss, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Discovery Communications President & CEO David Zaslav
New Jersey: Where only the strong survive.
We’ve all seen the phrase plastered on shirts and stuck on bumpers, but today we all learned the true definition of “Jersey Strong.”
As we began Day Two, with sore arms and bits fiberglass in our hair, excitement brewed – all of the volunteers (including me) were motivated by Day One’s progress and ready to see our families’ houses continue to return to being homes. While most of us began construction, some members of the Discovery Education team traveled to Sovereign Elementary School, just down the street from our work sites, to meet many of the children affected by the storm and share with them a preview of Discovery Channel’s upcoming series, North America (premiering this Sunday). The children were also treated to a visit from Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni, who brought along North American animals, and Jersey boy, Buddy Valastro, who brought sweet treats from Carlos’ Bakery for the students and staff to enjoy.
When we broke for lunch today, “Discovery Impact” came to life. In a special ceremony opened by a Habitat for Humanity leader and our own David Zaslav, volunteers heard from Jersey natives about the deep value of their work. Buddy Valastro shared his own passion for restoring the state he calls home and then welcomed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The Governor recounted the deep devastation experienced when Superstorm Sandy hit his state and shared hope for the future, as well as genuine appreciation for the volunteers who have joined his mission to restore all New Jersey families to their homes.
Nearly impossible to believe, tomorrow is our final day on site. We’re all excited to see what we’ve accomplished in three days and to bring home the stories of strength and hope we have experienced along the way.
I’ve included below a few photo highlights from the day, as well as an incredible video from two dedicated Habitat for Humanity volunteers – a true dose of inspiration! For more images and stories from today, follow us on Twitter, Instagram (#ourimpact on both!) and Facebook.
Richard and Richard Jr. Shared Their Story with Discovery Communications President & CEO David Zaslav
Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, celebrates the Grand Opening.
New York City was treated to a sweet surprise this week with the official Grand Opening of the Cake Boss Cafe last week in New York’s Times Square.
Throughout the week, Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss himself, as well as family members, shared their passion for baking through events at the cafe. Our youngest Cake Boss fans enjoyed “How to fill a cannoli” and “How to decorate a cupcake” classes with Carlo’s Bakery’s Head Baker, Christina Nasso, while singing bakers serenaded street crowds and passed out special VIP passes.
The week culminated on Friday with the Grand Opening of the Cake Boss Cafe, a public party hosted by Buddy, featuring trivia, live entertainment, and of course, plenty of sweet treats! Check out some photos of the week’s fun below.
Buddy Valastro presents his cakes at Cake Boss Cafe’s Grand Opening.
Mini Cake Boss Cafe
“How to Fill a Cannoli” Demonstration at Cake Boss Cafe Grand Opening
Next Great Baker fans: tonight is the night! In just a few hours, the finale begins, with the final three contestants competing for the coveted Carlo’s bakery spot. Buddy will be broadcasting live from Lackawanna tonight, with some special guests, so tune into TLC at 8pm ET/PT to find out who will be the Next Great Baker!
In the meantime, we want to know who you think will grab the ultimate title! Tweet with the hashtags #AshleyNGB, #JenNGB or #GretelAnnNGB to show whose team you’re on and don’t forget to follow @TLC tonight for backstage updates live from Lackawanna.
Check out a sneak peek of tonight’s show below – you won’t want to miss the epic finale to this season of Next Great Baker.
Tonight’s premiere of Cake Boss (at 10:30pm ET/PT) shows the creation of a purr-fect cake to mark the occasion at an event held this summer at Petfinder member shelter St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey. Needless to say, there were pet-friendly treats, as well, and the the end result had Petfinder Co-Founder Betsy Banks Saul in tears.