Though last night'sPlanting Peace
fundraiser at the Bubble was canceled due to last-second scheduling conflicts, the charity's founder, Aaron Jackson, was in town from Haiti (where Planting Peace has several orphanages), and that gave me the opportunity to ask him about this week'sbig feature spread
in the Sunday edition of theSt. Petersburg Times
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and for him to challenge me to a dance-off.
The newspaper story tells Jackson's riches-to-rags tale, how he started his charity, how he's received help from some big celebrities (including Rainn Wilson), and how he wants to rid Haiti of intestinal parasites.
In fact, he explained, last night's would-have-been event was inspired by connections made through that original New Times story. His experience with the CNN Heroes program sprang from that same story. "I was this big before New Times," he joked, gesturing with his thumb and forefinger. "It's like Eric Barton [the author of the original story and current New Times boss man] is a second mother to me, giving birth to the man you see before you."