Touching Hearts in San Francisco
Erik Irigoyen, Orkut Buyukkokten, Sophie Azouaou and Joel Goodrich

Sophie Azouaou, Host and Co-Producer of the upcoming NBC show “Touching Hearts,” recently held a birthday celebration at Piperade for Ludmila Eggleton, her longtime friend and member of the show’s Advisory Board.

Guests included Victoria Yeager, Gina Milano, Orkut Buyukkokten, Mark Calvano, Joel Goodrich, Kristy Savicke, Paula Lalanne, Karen Tamblyn, Erik Irigoyen, Beth Schnitzer, Mark Rhoades, Fati Farmanfarmaian, Jay Cellini, and Maria Barrios Ehmer.

Maria Barrios Ehmer and Ludmila Eggleton

It was a lovely “heart touching” evening for friends to get together before, after and in-between their Summer trips to various locale. Ludmila looked refreshed and radiant! She later remarked “It was my best birthday ever. I am so blessed to have such wonderful frends. I feel happy and younger than ever.”

Afterwards, we took a moment to check in with Sophie and find out when we can see the eagerly awaited “Touching Hearts.” She tells us the pilot will air on Sunday September 13th, 2009, at 9 P.M, after the NFL Kick Off Game on NBC.

The half-hour weekly show is to focus on charitable organizations, the philanthropists behind the scenes, and people who are in desperate need of help. It has already received endorsements from many San Francisco community leaders, such a Gurbaksh Chahal and Paul Holm.

It has also received praise from Gavin Newsom, Susan Gilmore of North Bay Children’s Center, Alexandra E. Morgan of Family House, and business leaders Pamela Joyner, Christine Murolo De Pablo and others.

Kristy Savicke, Victoria Yeager and Karen Tamblyn

Photos: Jay Cellini