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United Way Docu-Series “The Hero Effect” Debuts on Oprah Winfrey Network


“The Hero Effect,” a docu-series presented by United Way Worldwide and produced by Dolphin Entertainment about ordinary individuals making extraordinary differences in their communities, debuted Nov. 12 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The 10-episode original series will be broadcast on the second Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. CST.

Each episode builds on United Way’s credo to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community and concludes by encouraging viewers to visit and connect with their local United Way or other community-based organizations to create positive change.

“The Hero Effect” was shot on location in 10 different communities across the country, including Dallas. The Dec. 10 episode will feature a man who left his career as a fine dining chef to start Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility that provides a positive environment for teens recently released from juvenile detention centers. Café Momentum helps equip employees with job and life skills mentoring, including leadership, social, vocational, financial, parenting and anger management skills. Café Momentum was created through GroundFloor, a social incubator housed by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

“The Hero Effect” is co-hosted by Donald Driver and Emily Wilson. Donald Driver, a former “Dancing with the Stars” winner and Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers, also runs the Donald Driver Foundation, which serves underprivileged children and families. Emily Wilson, a multi-talented actress with credits on HBO’s “The Newsroom” and ABC’s “General Hospital” and “Castle,” is also a passionate philanthropist who volunteers for several national organizations.