Michael McMeel – Founder/CEO
The Awareness Foundation (TAF) is a California Nonprofit Corporation 501(c)(3) that was founded by Michael McMeel, former drummer with the rock group Three Dog Night. In addition to his dedication to music, Mr. McMeel is a man who has committed a significant part of his adult life to developing and implementing principal-based programs for the benefit of the at-risk youth in our communities. After over two decades of service operations,Mr. McMeel has not taken any compensation for his efforts, instead the payoff has been the hope of a better future for our kids and a better society for us all.
Michael McMeel’s musical career started in Denver Colorado as the drummer of a local band that toured throughout the 4 state area. After moving to Hollywood, California in the early seventies McMeel formed a studio band with the players of Rufus and Chaka Kahn.
At that time McMeel recorded with, Carl Carlton, Freda Payne, Sam Parson and Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids just to name a few. In 1973 McMeel got a break and joined Three Dog Night. For the next three years he toured world wide and recorded two album with them, “American Pastime” and “Coming Down your Way”.
After leaving Three Dog Night, McMeel embarked on a acting career and starred in The Krofft Super Show with Kaptain Kool and the Kongs for ABC, the Donny and Marie Show, the Brady Bunch hour, and in countless other television shows and films. He also has directed and produced a number of commercials, plays and corporate videos in Los Angeles.
In 1992 he formed The Awareness Foudation , a non-profit chairty that works with”at-risk” children. Inner City Slickers is one of the many programs that helps create character, integrity and self-esteem in our youth by combining the magic of horses with Cowboy Ethics. Michael is truly an authentic individual who is both dedicated and passionate about the ICS program and making a difference in the lives of children, something he’s been committed to doing since the inception of this program in the early 90’s.
A man of great vision and focus, Michael is committed to exploring expansion plans that will include new locations as well as innovative methods of connecting and staying in touch with these children. His heart knows no boundaries and his insights and dedication are inspiring to the kids and to the adults as well!