Christopher Knight – Consumate Make It Better Man – Joins Skin For Life 2015

Typically, we think of females as the Make It Better stereotype – multitalented, multitasking, creators of win/win scenarios, re-inventors of self, fundraisers. Rarely do we think of males the same way. However, there’s someone you probably know coming to Chicagoland to raise money for skin cancer research, who clearly earns the title “Make It Better Man” –Christopher KnigChristopher Knightht, child star of the Brady Bunch

Knight will share his peripatetic, curiosity fueled, multiple career, remarkable life story at Skin For Life 2015– benefiting The Skin Cancer Foundation – at the Deerfield Hyatt on May 28th.  This should be entertaining as well as rewarding.

Knight earned his childhood Brady Bunch gig despite being an extreme introvert.  He was even more interested in how things work, science and business than acting. So he’s also studied, worked or started businesses in geology, technology, home furnishings and dermatology (including  founding the world’s leading tattoo remover “Dr. Tattoff.”   He fit in a few reality tv shows in recently, for life

Dr. Amy Forman Taub, a dermatologist who founded the state of the art clinic Advanced Dermatology and skinfo Specialty Skincare Boutique in Lincolnshire and Glencoe, launched the Skin For Life fundraiser 5 years ago.  Using her heart and entreprenskin for lifeeurial spirit this way definitely proves Taub is a Make It Better woman too.

The energy, entertainment, inspiration and good intentions on stage May 28 should make your life a little better if you attend the 5th Annual Skin For Life.  Added benefit – you’ll be contributing to finding a cure for skin cancer too.

Woodlands Academy’s Conge Annual Fundraiser April 27th

Images from Woodlands Academy

The mission of the Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest is to “inspire young hearts and minds to excel, to lead lives of integrity and to serve the community.”

For young women only, the school is committed to faith-based community building.  One-third of their students receive financial aid, all of which comes from their annual fundraiser and the school’s budget.

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 27th at the Glenview Country Club, starting at 6pm.  Please attend and help support the school’s service-oriented young women.  More on the event is here.

Fundraiser with Piven Theatre — Role on Anchorman 2

Would you be willing to join Team Make It Better to participate in this?

Will Ferrell of the cult classic Anchorman

Will Ferrell of the cult classic Anchorman

Piven Theatre Workshop, an Evanston theatre company and training ground for actors like Jeremy Piven, John Cusack, and Kate Walsh, is offering the exciting opportunity for two recipients to visit the set of Anchorman 2!   One of the recipients will even receive a walk-on role with a speaking line in a set with Will Ferrell.  This is sure to be one memorable experience.

Piven Theatre Workshop

Piven Theatre Workshop

To enter, join a fundraising team to support the Piven Theatre Workshop.  Make It Better Foundation will be participating and would love to have you onboard with us.   The team that raises the most amount of money by February 15, 2013 will get to choose the 2 lucky people to send to California.  It’s a win/win situation for you, whose donation is tax-deductible, and Piven Theatre, a local family-run group that has made great contributions to the artistic community.

Details for the contest are here:

If you’re interested in joining us, please let us know in the comments.

The Winning Attitude – The Chicago Bears Should Learn from Chicago’s Great Cultural Institutions

People, and institutions, get back what they give out. True winners are others-centered.

The Chicago Bears should learn from our city’s great cultural institutions.

Brian Urlacher, courtesy of Wikipedia

Above is Brian Urlacher.

As the Sun-Times Rick Morrisey said yesterday about the Chicago Bears and it’s star linebacker, “Urlacher doesn’t care about the fans. And neither do the Bears, who charge an average of $111 a ticket and laugh at you poor, witless slobs all the way to the bank.”

Lose for Urlbacher/lose for the Bears/lose for the fans/nothing left over for the community.

Contrast this to the Goodman, Joffrey, Shakespeare Theatre, Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium. These institutions flourish because of their winning, others-centered attitude. They nurture greatness – the highest calibre productions, outreach & education, and opportunities for volunteers and funders.

Win for the institutions/win for the community/win for kids/win for volunteers and fundraisers.

Grandad – the Shedd’s oldest resident, courtesy of Shedd Aquarium

Courtesy of the Joffrey

Please Come – Wine Tasting Fundraiser


Live jazz, great eats and an important cause. Please come!


The Kiss & a Gorgeous Catsby CEO at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Thank you Lincoln Park Zoo Women’s Board for Zoo Ball 2012: The Great Gatsby. It was an amazing night dancing and dining under the stars, with and for the animals, to the music of The Village People. (Think “YMCA” and “Macho, Macho Man”). Make It Better is proud of our growing partnership and this event’s media sponsorship.

And we’re also proud of our stunning CEO & Publisher, Kimberly Carroll, who attended with her brilliant Gatsbyesque professor husband, Rob.

As always, our Director of Community Development, Sandra Miller, deserves a big kiss for her work bringing this partnership to life. And she got it here from her handsome husband, Eric.