Tai Collins

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Tanquil "Tai" Lisa Collins (born 1962 in Roanoke, Virginia) is a model, actress, screenwriter, philanthropist, and former Miss Virginia USA (1983).

She is the creator and Executive Producer of the television series SAF3 (pronounced "Safe"), the #1 new first-run syndicated hour long syndicated series on television. The action-filled drama, is about an elite division of the Malibu Fire Department consisting of the best of the best men and women who serve in their respective field of Sea, Air, Fire Emergency.

Her television credits include writing for and acting on Baywatch. She also wrote NYPD Blue, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Fame LA, The Pretender, and She Spies. Her feature film "Finding Home" won and Angel Award for "Best Drama" at the 2013 Monaco International Film.

Collins is the co-founder and Executive Director of A Chance for Children Foundation, founded in 1992, that works with inner city youth in Los Angeles. The foundations mission: to strive to empower at-risk youth by providing the opportunities to set goals and the tools to achieve them. We fight to instill the belief that no child is limited by their surroundings or upbringing. By encouraging dreams and consistently exposing them to new experiences outside the dangers and struggles of their daily lives each child will have a chance for a better future.

Collins was honored in 1999 with a Humanitarian Award alongside Kofi Annan and Al Gore. In 2001, she received a Resolution by the Assembly of the State of California for her on-going work with ‘at risk’ youth in South Los Angeles. W.O.M.E.N. of Los Angeles honored her with their first Lynne Weaver Mentoring Award in 2005. In 2007, the Life Skills Sports Academy in South Los Angeles honored her by naming their baseball league the Tai Collins Baseball League. In 2010 her lifetime work was honored when she was invited by the United Nations to be a part of the Women in the World Making Change Summit. In 2011, she received numerous recognitions including; a Commendation from the City of Los Angeles for her service and support of the Los Angeles Police Department Southeast Division Jeopardy Program; a Certificate of Recognition by the California State Legislature for her community service to the city of Los Angeles; and the prestigious Women in History Award by the California State Assembly. In 2012, Collins was honored by the Los Angeles Dodgers with a "Go to Bat Award" for going to bat for inner city children in Los Angeles. LA Family Housing Homeless shelters] honored her with a Dream Builder Award in 2013 for her over twenty years of service to homeless children and families. In 2013, Collins was the recipient of the California Peace Officers Association's Certificate of Appreciation. The award is presented to an individual outside of the law enforcement for an action that enhances Peace and the law enforcement profession.

The Today Show and Al Roker chose Collins' charity as the Lend a Hand Charity of the Year 2012 featuring them on the show. Al Roker said: "In all of my years dealing with charities, I have never seen one as special as this."

A Chance for Children Free Libraries are setting up free libraries in LAPD lobbies all across the city of Los Angeles. Twelve are currently in place. All of the libraries are registered with the Little Free Libraries and have been honored by them with a "Library of Distinction" Award.

A Chance for Children works closely with the LAPD, Fire Department, US Coast Guard, and LA County Lifeguard agencies. It's appropriate that Collins career and foundation merge with these heroes.

In 2013, Collins and her partner, Greg Bonann, started A Chance for Children South Africa.

MSNBC featured Collins in a piece called "The God Mother of Hollywood."

Collins gained considerable notoriety after alleging in 1991 that she and then-U.S. Senator Chuck Robb had an eighteen-month relationship while Robb was Governor of Virginia. Collins appeared in Playboy.[1]

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  1. ^ Sabato, Larry J. (1998-03-27). "Senator Charles S. Robb and Tai Collins - 1991". Media Frenzies in Our Time. washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 

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Preceded by
Sondra Dee Jones
Miss Virginia USA
1983
Succeeded by
Leah Rush