Writing love letters to a broken world

“We’re writing love letters to a broken world.” – Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

My favorite sentence of the entire, incredible Tiffany Circle International Weekend came from Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, American Red Cross Chair, former US Ambassador to Finland and Founder and CEO of Pace Communications as she described the gathering and the work of the Red Cross:

“We’re writing love letters to a broken world.”

Isn’t that the work we are all meant to do? Amplify the good in our lives with love and help those less fortunate than us?

How proud I am to return home and realize that our Make It Better Philanthropy Award videos and other content do just that! Please see and enjoy too:


I thank MatchCut Video Рparticularly Producer Adam Rubin and Founding Partner David Canada Рand Make It Better staff РCoFounder & VP Mindy Fauntleroy, EIC Julie Chernoff, Editors Lindsay Roseman, Coco Keevan and Anna Carlson, COO Sandy Tsuchida, Art Director Sarah Philippart, Graphic Artist Lesley Smith and Director Of Community Development Denise Borkowski, Ad Sales Manager Megan Holbrook and her talented staff of Patti Augustyn, Julie Carter and Jenny Newman. Their work is extraordinary.

This is my love letter to them. Their good work makes me want to jump for joy, just like these students at Philanthropy Award Winner Y.O.U.:

Thank you A. Perry, Northwestern Settlement and Team Make It Better

Thank you A. Perry Homes, Northwestern Settlement and Make It Better stars for a relationship that is a growing circle of good.

Tony Perry, Katie Taylor and Ron Manderscheid

Above are Tony Perry (A. Perry Homes President), Katie Taylor and Ron Manderscheid of Northwestern Settlement at last night’s Wine and Warmth, in the Winnetka A. Perry showroom, where guests contributed over 200 winter coats and A. Perry contributed a $5000 check to the Settlement.

Katie fought tears as she told about a four-year old girl who received new boots and coat from the Wine and Warmth gathering six weeks ago. The girl said she had never felt so warm and that she didn’t ever want to take the boots off.

No child should ever be that unprotected in Chicago’s winter!

The A. Perry studio

The A. Perry studio

I particularly thank Make It Better’s Julie Carter, Sandra Miller and Michelle Weiss for developing the A. Perry, Northwestern Settlement, Make It Better relationship. These amazing women work miracles, ever growing the number of lives made better by their efforts!