Fauna Hodel, The Voice of Charity, has led one of the most interesting lives I have ever heard of. We are very close friends and I also interviewed her for my Journey To Success radio show.
Fauna's grandfather was George Hodel who was acquitted in a famous incest trial despite numerous witnesses to his crime. George was also considered by the LAPD as a suspect in the murder of the Black Dahlia. They installed microphones in his home and this is one of the damning statements they heard.
"Supposin' I did kill the Black Dahlia. They couldn't prove it now. They can't talk to my secretary anymore because she's dead.... They thought there was something fishy. Anyway, now they may have figured it out. Killed her. Maybe I did kill my secretary...."
Fauna was given away at birth to a young Black woman who worked as a restroom attendant in a Nevada casino. The purpose was to insure that a Black family raise the baby. In her 16 year old mother’s eyes, Blacks were the far more loving than most everyone she encountered in the white community. To insure that the child would never return to her emotionally reclusive white family, she made sure her new baby's birth certificate listed the father as "Negro".
The woman who raised her was an alcoholic and that brought challenges into fauna's life as well. She grew up believing she was a mixed race child and that brought with it a lot of racial discrimination into her life.
Enduring prejudice from both races, she sought out the only person who truly knew where she belonged - her real mother.
But after discovering her true identity, she uncovered a family secret even more bizarre than her own - the mysterious world of incest, murder, and powerful forces that have kept this story from being told for more than 20 years.
Fauna Hodel is one of the hosts of Amazing Women of Power (AWOP) Radio, Raven Blair Davis' network.
Her show description on the network reads:
Charity, Celebrity, Philantrophy
FAUNA’S CHARITY SIZZLE REPORT – Celebrate the power of giving and discover WHO is making a difference, WHAT’S working in the world of fundraising and philanthropy, and HOW you too can learn to do it firsthand from those in the know.
A staff member of Celebrity Society Magazine, Fauna Hodel is a Speaker, Author, Filmmaker, Executive Producer, and creative consultant who has dedicated her life to breaking down racial barriers by sharing her own experiences and encouraging individuals to pursue their dreams. Ms. Hodel was the Executive Producer and Creative Consultant for the motion picture, Pretty Hattie’s Baby, which was based on her own life story. The film featured an all-star cast which included Alfre Woodard, Charles S. Dutton, Alison Elliot, Bobby Hosea, Jill Clayburgh and Tess Harper.
Fauna Hodel's motivational speaking credits include:
In her role with Celebrity Society Magazine, a 41 year old magazine based in Beverly Hills that focuses on Philanthropy, Fauna has attended countless philanthropic events and has been a Creative Consulant to a number of artistic projects in areas ranging from music and film to art and charitable organizations.
FAUNA’S CHARITY SIZZLE REPORT will feature interviews with non-profit heads who can share with the audience how to set-up non-profits, as well as interviews with the people who have been helped by them.