What Happened at FilAm Creative’s Good Karma Networking Mixer?

There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  ~Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante

Dexter Adriano, Walter Talens, Edwin Santos and Heather Dumlao

On a brisk and sunny early Saturday morning, FilAm Creative christened 2016 with a dose of good karma through our first networking mixer held at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank February 6th.

After a brief meeting and a video presentation about what the LA Food Bank is all about, the Good Karma Networking Mixer began. FAC members were assigned to an LA Food Bank representative and to various duties of food sorting or gleaning for the four hour volunteer work day.



Without volunteers, the Food Bank would not be able to provide food for thousands of hungry people every week.


Created and developed by 2016 FAC President Walter Talens, the innovative Good Karma Networking Mixer was an opportunity for members to come together and volunteer to help fight hunger in Los Angeles County.

Dexter Adriano, Walter Talens and Edwin Santos

“I really didn’t know what to expect when I planned the event,” says Talens “but once I got there it was a good feeling; knowing I was giving back to the LA community. The event allowed the members and I to get to know each other especially a new Fil-Am transplant from the East Coast named Heather Dumlao.”

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Dexter Adriano, Heather Dumlao and Walter Talens

Heather Dumlao, a marketing and media professional replied “What a better way to start a Saturday morning than by helping others do some good!  I am so glad I came out to FilAm Creative’s food bank event.”

Los Angeles County is home to one of the largest populations of any county in the nation. The city is also home to one of the largest accounts of hunger. An estimated 16% of those who live here are food insecure, equaling 1.7 million people who struggle to obtain enough food each week— and 400,000 are children.

Hunger affects old and young alike. While fixed-income seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families are the most visible examples of people who struggle, hunger doesn’t stop there. Hunger affects all groups of people regardless of education level, employment status or ethnicity.

Dumlao continues, “It was a great experience working together as a team while also having fun taking part in a worthy cause.  I look forward to attending more of FilAm Creative’s events this year.”


DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow editor, Dexter Adriano says, “I had a great time hanging out with Walter, Edwin and Heather while helping Fil-Am Creative do their part in helping the community at the LA Food Bank. Would love to do it again. It truly was Good Karma.”



“FAC members that came out to volunteer were really impressive in how upbeat and efficient they were in helping out. Volunteering gave us the opportunity to talk and socialize that’s very different from the way we would have connected if the networking event was in a different setting like a bar.” added Talens.

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“So shines a good deed in a weary world” ~ Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Photos by Heather Dumlao and Walter Talens

~ Edwin Santos (2/8/16)


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