WEATHER: Segment hands donations to AK Pride organization.
By Mike Dunham
Anchorage was the first stop in Roker's 10th annual "Lend a Hand Today" road trip. By the end of this week he is planning to dispense more than $9 million in cash, goods and services during his segments of the show in five cities, including Las Vegas, Houston, Birmingham, Ala., and Charleston, W.Va.
The Anchorage event was unique in a couple of ways, Roker told the Daily News. "It's the farthest west we've been, the first time we've broadcast outside the contiguous 48 states." Also, "it's our biggest day ever. We're giving away $1.9 million in donations today."
The recipient of Roker's charity largess was AK Pride, a teen-oriented group founded by former Arizona Cardinal defensive tackle Mao Tosi.
Below: "Al Roker rides off in the sled of 2011 Iditarod Champion John Baker after filming the Today Show's 'Lend a Hand' series live from the Alaska Native Heritage Center June 13, 2011."