In recognition of the tremendous effort in operating the Healdsburg Free Store for fire relief in 2017, five representatives of Corazón Healdsburg and the Free Store were invited to a special taping of The Ellen Show in early 2018, honoring those who “do acts of good” in their communities. In a star studded 60th birthday celebration for Ellen DeGeneres that featured former First Lady Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston, and Jimmy Kimmel Healdsburg’s local delegates received the surprise of their lives.
In partnership with Cheerios, and in celebration of the talk show host’s 60th birthday, DeGeneres concluded the ‘One Million Acts of Good’ campaign – where individuals have been asked to log their acts of good with the goal of reaching one million good deeds - sharing that the goal of one million good deeds had been met. In the episode that aired Friday, February 2, 2018, five members of the Healdsburg community, Ariel Kelley, Elena Halvorsen, Lisa Meisner, Stephanie Coventry and Emily Peterson, were lucky to find a box of Cheerios under their seats when prompted by DeGeneres to look. In the big prize reveal, this box of cereal meant that each of the individuals was gifted a percentage share of a $1 million gift that had been given to every audience member in celebration of their individual acts of good.