Thursday, November 09, 2006

ESQUIRE: MAN AT HIS BEST On FINE LIVING TV NETWORK - With Actor Denis Leary And Atlanta Falcons′ Warrick Dunn

ESQUIRE: MAN AT HIS BEST - Impeccable Style, Six-Pack Abs, Lots of Money - Is This a ′Man at His Best′?

Actor Denis Leary, Atlanta Falcons′ Warrick Dunn, Miami Heat′s Alonzo Mourning ... Philanthropists Giving More Than Money


A "Man at His Best" doesn′t need to have washboard abs, bespoke tailored suits, or a two-comma paycheck, just a willingness to stand up and change the world for the better... John Wood, Denis Leary, Warrick Dunn, Travis Roy and Alonzo Mourning.

On Sunday, November 12 at 8 p.m., the FINE LIVING TV NETWORK presents ESQUIRE: MAN AT HIS BEST, an hour-long documentary profiling five philanthropists who have gone beyond writing checks to take a hands-on approach to helping others.

"Man at His Best" has been Esquire magazine′s signature for many years. The magazine speaks to the multi-faceted, successful man who is culturally plugged in. Esquire′s unique blend of intelligent service, stories with substance and the ability to both entertain and inspire continue to make it a "must-read" for tastemakers and influencers. And now, thanks to the Fine Living Network, it is a "must-watch" as well.

In gratitude for their participation in the show, FINE LIVING will be donating money to the following men and the charities they support. We hope you follow suit.

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John Wood, who was rich beyond his wildest dreams, outfitted with all the perks that come with being a high-powered Microsoft executive, and threw it away after backpacking through impoverished regions of Nepal. For Wood, urging friends to send books to Nepal simply wasn′t enough, so he quit his job and founded Room to Read, an organization that aims to end world poverty through education. To date, the foundation has opened more than 3,000 schools and libraries in Asia.

Denis Leary, the comedian and movie star, who started the Leary Firefighters Foundation after his childhood friend and first cousin died in a 1999 blaze that killed a total of six firefighters. Since establishing the charity six years ago, it has raised more than $5 million for firefighters in New York and Massachusetts. On this special, Leary expands his efforts further, donated 15 fire trucks to New Orleans′ communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Warrick Dunn, the Atlanta Falcons′ star running back, who founded Homes for the Holidays, which helps single parents afford proper housing by providing grants for down payments. The cause hits close to home for Dunn, whose mother, a policewoman, was killed in the line of duty during his senior year of high school. Since founding the organization in 1997, Dunn has helped 60 more than single mothers and 140 children.

Travis Roy, whose hockey career was cut short in 1995 after the freshman Boston University left winger was paralyzed from the neck down. After spending months in a hospital recovering, Roy founded the Travis Roy Foundation, to fund spinal cord injury research and help other spinal cord injury sufferers, distributing more than $1.3 million in grants over the last nine years.

Alonzo Mourning, future NBA hall-of-famer, who battled back from a kidney transplant to win a NBA title last year with the Miami Heat. But Mourning′s successful comeback on the court only tells half the story. The seven-time All-Star spent his teenage years in a foster home after his parents separated. To help other kids get the same opportunity he had, Mourning serves as chairman of the Overtown Youth Center, a state-of-the-art facility that helps at-risk Miami youth reach their full potential.

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