Living in Hollywood, network television producer Greg Garcia is surrounded by worthy charities that hold fancy events to support good causes. But when the time came for him to lend a hand, he thought of his hometown roots in Arlington and opted to support a local cause by auctioning off a walk-on role on “Raising Hope” to benefit New Hope Housing, which serves Alexandria and surrounding areas.
“I just wanted to continue to support them this year,” Garcia told Patch. “You’re always looking for organizations to help out, and I thought this is one close to where I grew up, and I just thought it would be a nice thing to do.”
An Arlington native who graduated from Yorktown High School, Garcia is creator and executive producer of the hit FOX television series “Raising Hope.” His earlier network shows include the Emmy Award-winning “My Name Is Earl.”
Still, Garcia has maintained ties to his home community. On Saturday, he donated a walk-on role in next season’s “Raising Hope” as an auction item for New Hope Housing’s annual benefit gala. Roundtrip airfare and three-night hotel accommodations also will be included.
The annual gala is the major fundraising event of the year to support the programs and services of New Hope Housing.
Garcia has been a great friend of New Hope Housing for several years. In 2008, a team of cast members from the “My Name Is Earl” show competed on Celebrity Family Feud and won $10,000 that Garcia donated to New Hope Housing.
A walk-on role was also donated for New Hope Housing’s gala auction in 2011. The winner of the walk-on role will appear as an extra in the show.
“All of us at New Hope Housing really appreciate Greg’s support and his interest in helping us,” said Pamela Michell, New Hope Housing’s executive director, in a prepared statement. “He is a talented and generous friend. I’ve know Greg’s mom, Natalie, a local realtor, for several years, and we look forward to having Greg’s mom and dad and their friends with us for the gala as well.”
Garcia first got in touch with Michell through his mother, he said.
New Hope Housing is a homeless services agency with programs in Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington County and Falls Church. The agency assists more than 1,200 individuals annually through shelter programs, transitional and supportive housing and support services.