Invitation accepted to Oprah’s final show

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Lori Mayfield and her mother, Joan, were invited to be guests at the final taping of the Oprah Show. They left Lori’s home in Arizona Monday, May 16. The taping is expected to last five hours and will be viewed May 24-25. All of this is also happening as Joan celebrates a birthday.

Lori, a 1982 graduate of Eagle Point High School, was the subject of a feature in the Independent Mar. 1 after receiving national recognition for work she does for CustomInk in Arizona.

Oprah was what inspired her to a program of community service. One of the movies Oprah reviewed was “Pay it Forward.”  Lori helped CustomInk put together a program that involves giving back, which certainly is a method of paying forward.

Lori wrote a letter in answer to a contest conducted by Oprah, but it missed the deadline. Whether it was that letter or the fact that CustomInk gives a portion of every sale to community service, or the fact that the show’s production crew ordered their shirts from CustomInk, that brought about the invitation Lori isn’t sure. It may well be a combination of all of the above.

When she received the invitation she was asked to write a farewell message. We wonder if it will include the fact that Lori turned 21 on the day the very first Oprah show aired. They have been together for a long time–perhaps that also is part of the reason for the invitation.

Whatever the reason for the invitation, the Mayfield twosome were very excited about the opportunity and plan to share photos and happenings with our readers next week when Joan returns to her Eagle Point home. 
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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