Len Guardino, having served as the executive director of Fathers’ At Large over a number of years, where men participated in empowering children that needed positive influences in their lives, was motivated to create a character that communicates his philosophy about being moral, expressing the importance of clean-living, and supports children’s skills in becoming aware of themselves and others and turning away from negative influences. Len created the character Champagne Cat to build that foundation based upon a positive future. Champagne Cat communicates his message through products including the Champagne Cat Game, a game board that communicates Champagne Cat’s philosophy of eating healthy food for mind and body. Champagne Cat also appears in his own cartoon story where a young cat asks Champagne Cat questions about life. Champagne Cat is also the main character of his ten-page book where Champagne Cat fights off negative influences so that children can have a positive life. Champagne Cat also appears in Len Guardino’s book written for children, “Pass On The Little Blue Ball,” about how the Earth came about and how everyone has a responsibility to make Earth happy by keeping Earth’s air and water clean. Champagne Cat also appears on greeting cards, T-shirts, hats, coffee mugs, and other items that can be found on this website.
Len’s creativity doesn’t stop there. Based in New York City, Len Guardino spent much of his career perfecting his vocal, song writing and recording skills. His style, according to Karl Stober of ejazznews: “In the grand institution of style as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Al Martino.” Len’s published works include, among others, “Be The Man I Was Really Meant To Be,” “I’m A Man, Yes I Am,” “They Call Me A City Slicker,” “They Tell Me I’m A Man.” His works have been reviewed by various publications including Billboard, Record World, Accent Mag-, Smothers Net, Culture Bunker.Com, J.R. Taylor of N.Y. Press (“The greatest lounge singer in Manhattan! . . . like nothing you’ve heard before.”), Accent on Tampa Bay Magazine (“Guardino’s textured phrasing and vocal dynamics display fine technique and burning passion.”), and others. In addition to his passion for vocal excellence, Len authored “Just For Love,” a seven-song musical comedy. He is a great song writer. His music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most digital streaming services, also on HearNow (at https://lenguardino.hearnow.com/a-moment-in-time), on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW8oiTI2hD2a7uLImHfxZ9w and, of course, at amazon.com/Len-Guardino/dp/B00077F7TU .
Champagne Cat rose out of Len’s love for children. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry after which he returned to New York where he began his career in New York commercial real estate in Manhattan. He successfully owned an art gallery off Madison Avenue, and co-produced Red Magic, an Off-Broadway production. He was a member of the Soldiers and Sailors Club located in Manhattan and served on committees of City of Hope and The Floating Hospital. He is now devoting his time to his favorite children’s character, Champagne Cat, to bring much needed happiness, moral strength, fidelity, manners, and wisdom to children all over the globe.
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