Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

With beauty, brains and a whole lot of spirit there is little that can get in the way of the wonder that is Ms. Corinne Ingrassia. Pregnant with baby number three, Cori is a radiant tour de force. Her signature humor and warmth are only eclipsed by her can-do, super-resilient stance. From the mundane to the mega-complicated  (and thus the moniker – Complicated Mama) – Cori brings an unparalleled level of competence and grace to the party. I am particularly taken by her generosity of spirit. I have seen Cori step up again and again – always without hesitation and  with a big heart. Corrine’s instinct is to care  - and care she does. The results speak for themselves!

While my relationship with Corrine is relatively new (let’s call it a few years) — it has great value and meaning to me. Somehow she is always there — stepping up, joining in and making it so. My team and I have so enjoyed her presence  - it reads a bit like her fashion sense– bubbly, brilliant, bold and balanced. So good!

I was particually touched by Corrine’s particpation in Strut this weekend for Cottonelle. She walked for the RBaby Foundation — helping to raise much needed awareness for the need for a national standard for pediatric emergency care and the immediate and ongoing need for parents to be well prepared for an ER visit with baby.

Meet a model mama and the latest Philanthropic Mom:

Corinne Ingrassia

Complicated Mama

 

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

I’ve always enjoyed pitching in and helping my favorite causes. It feels good to do good.  I’ve done walks, fundraisers as well as used my online website, Complicatedmama.com to help raise awareness for various causes that are near and dear to my heart.


What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

At 11 years old I began walking for the March Of Dimes every year with a group of friends. We walked together every year through college.

 

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

I suppose my biggest philantrhopic influencers were my mother and my teachers growing up who educated me about both issues and the importance of giving back and helping others.

 

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

Again, it just feels good to do good. When we work together we have a bigger voice to help change the world. When we can give back to others who are struggling, it makes us grow.

 

When Hurricane Sandy devastated my hometown of Staten Island, NY– though, my family was luckily not affected, my heart broke into pieces. So together my friend Melissa Chapman (of www.thestatenislandfamily.com) and I began directly connecting affected families in need with those who wanted to help them get back on their feet. We had law firms in Louisiana who were devastated by Katrina coming together to help and be a shoulder to lean on for families in New York. It was a beautiful thing.

 

Then just last week (almost a full year later) one of our volunteers shared a note and picture she had received from the family she had connected with, thanking them for renewing their spirits and hope that things would get better. To see those connections? Hands down my most proud philanthropic moment.


What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind? Simply that one person can make a difference.

What would your kids say about all of this?

I try to involve my kids in all I do and let them see how important it is to help others and use your voice for causes you believe in. I hope that they bring that with them into their adulthood.