Champagne Cat was created by Len Guardino as his alter ego. 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, he was motivated to create a cartoon character that communicates his philosophy about being moral, expressing the importance of clean-living, and supports childrens’ skills in becoming aware of themselves and others and turning away from negative influences. Champagne Cat was created 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. His music is available at store.cdbaby.com/cd/lenguardino and 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.
The Story of Champagne Cat
Champagne Cat owns and operates a restaurant called “Champagne Cat’s Food Palace. Champagne Cat is a highly moral, clean living, teaches-by-example cat. Brevity is the soul of Champagne Cat Wisdom. He is a no-nonsense street-wise, highly respected cat.
Champagne Cat was once a homeless cat. He helped prepare food in a homeless shelter kitchen. There, Champagne Cat learned the art and business of food. He met Big Momma, the future mother of their litter in the shelter. They have two kids, Smarty Kat and Magen Kat. Smarty and Magen are computer wizards. They also have a dog named Goo.
Champagne Cat and Big Mamma teamed up and opened their first restaurant. They put together a menu of good, healthy, LUSH fooooood.
Champagne Cat’s arch enemy Noomas, is a cat that runs a restaurant across from Champagne Cat’s Food Palace. Unlike Champagne Cat’s restaurant, they serve unhealthy food in a negative environment.
Champagne Cat has to constantly fight for the “Hearts and Minds” of the young as well as older cats who are influenced and lured by Noomas and his cohorts Fooly, Sapp and pet Glutt.
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