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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

As I sit to write about Holly Rosen Fink, I feel as though I am perhaps about to expose a secret (a very good secret!!!). coque iphone soldes This is because this week’s Philanthropic Mom – Holly Rosen Fink is at once incredibly generous and productive and, at the same time, so very low–key about the remarkable and regular contribution she makes – it just “is”. Still, as I stop and consider the history and the quality of Holly’s commitment, I am humbled. I am also inspired. Holly is tireless in her quiet strength and endlessly creative in her on-going effort to make the world a better place. coque iphone xr There is no one size fits all in the way Holly gives – she pays careful attention to where the need exists and meets it head on with just the right solution. She casts her net wide, and makes sure that anyone who can join the effort to help does. From clients to kids and everyone in-between – Holly’s army is a sizable and enthusiastic one — all recruited with grace by Holly herself.

When I consider how lucky I am to share Holly and her incredible optimism with you, I am immediately reminded of a quote that seems to really speak to Holly’s remarkable point of view.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

This week, get out of the cold and get warm getting to know the wonderful Holly Rosen Fink.

Holly Rosen Fink

The Culture Mom

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

As an entrepreneur, I try to associate myself with like-minded organizations and businesses. The majority of my clients have been non-profits or companies out to make a difference (Mothers2Mothers, Every Mother Counts, to name a few). When a client is a for-profit business, I often steer their efforts into the advocacy arena (Ruckus Media Group, She Speaks). As a mom, I am doing my best to raise altruistic children who see the world through the eyes of the less fortunate and make sure they know that their old coats are going to those who need them and that it’s important to take out to think of others and volunteer in various capacities. coque iphone When they were infants, I took them to the old age home in the area to play with me while the elderly watched along with enjoyment. They have worked in the local pantry and distributed meals at the homeless shelter with me. During the holidays, we often deliver meals to the elderly. As a philanthropist, I try to donate as much money to causes that I care about as possible and I am one of those people who puts my hand in my pocket every time I am asked on the street.

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?

When I was a young girl of about 12, we were shown a film about the Holocaust and I was deeply impacted. Living in Israel years later, I volunteered with an organization for the elderly and went once a week to do crafts and spend time with them. coque iphone 2019 They were all Holocaust survivors and the stories I heard were unlike any I had ever heard. The experience solidified an effort to never let the Holocaust be forgotten, also spending time volunteering at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum that year. Back in New York, I later interviewed survivors for the Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation which was another commitment that I have always been proud of. Just a few months ago, I led a Holocaust film series at my synagogue which attracted and educated hundreds of our members. This is a cause I feel very strongly about and will continue to make sure no one ever forgets the 6 million needlessly killed less than 60 years ago.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My mother is the best role model I could ever ask for. She has always given to other people first and has a heart of gold. If I can leave a legacy with my own children and give them a quarter of the heart she has, I will have done something right.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I’m very low key about my philanthropic efforts. I don’t really talk about them as much as I could anywhere, including social media. I’ve driven gently used toys and clothes into the city to donate to Room to Grow; I took a packed van of clothing, medical supplies, toys and more countless times during Hurricane Sandy. The important thing is not to talk about it, but just to do it and include my children in my efforts. I want them to watch and be a part of what I do so that they become philanthropic as they get older.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

My daughter is 10 and is saying that she wants to become a human rights lawyer. I know she’s young and this could change, but the idea profoundly warms my heart. I am part of the Shot at Life campaign and ONE Organization initiatives, and my kids have witnessed my work with St. soldes coque iphone Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Denise Albert reminds me of one of my favorite French pastries – the mille-feuille. So many layers to enjoy! With Denise, there is a lot to know and you need time to really have the perspective for the whole, beautiful picture of who she is. Denise is candid, honest and built to love. She sees clearly and moves with incredibly clarity and force when her soul sends it’s marching orders. And many follow suit – showing up, lending a hand; making the hard work of caring for the world is just part of the fun. She is a listener who also happens to have a talent for making a lot of noise when needed! She uses her podium for good over and again. coque iphone Open, eager and in for“really” – when I think of Denise I think of boundless energy and a natural talent for generating excitement and results. Not bad!

But the part that moves me the most is each layer, each conversation, each e-mail exchange, each interview.. shares another sweet bit of something (a plan, a piece of personal history, a POV) that makes me feel so fortunate to call Denise Albert my friend.

Say hello to our latest Philanthropic Mom:

Denise Albert

The Moms

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

We try to connect different philanthropies to everything we do. There’s nothing better than doing our part to help others. And we can do so in many ways – whether we incorporate a charity into every one of our Mamarazzi events or on our Sirius XM Radio Show by featuring moms and dads doing interesting and extraordinary things. coque iphone en ligne We also co-created Strut, The Fashionable Mom Show. Strut is a fashion show for women that has been presented three times at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. soldes coque iphone Every mom walks to raise awareness for a cause that’s important to her. We have worked with Unicef, BOKS, Kangu.Org and I “strutted” for The Peter C. coque iphone 2019 pas cher Alderman Foundation. There are so many ways to get involved and I find that because we have a voice, a media platform and are active in social media we can do so much to spread messages that need to be shared.

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?

I remember working in a soup kitchen with my mom vividly. I also remember my mom buying food for homeless people many times, when we would take the train into NYC city. It was a small gesture but I never forgot the message of how important it is to help people less fortunate. Being able to help one person by buying them a sandwich goes a long way for a kid. I also remember being an elementary school student and taking part every year in a jump-a-thon. coque iphone 2019 soldes We had to jump rope for hours and we each raised money for the American Heart Association. Those are both memories that sort of define my childhood. When I think about being a kid, those experiences stand out.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My mom as a child and my cousin Casey now. Casey started an organization called Kangu.Org which is a crowd funding website that raises money for pregnant women around the world to enable them to have healthy births. It’s so hard to start any business. She could have done anything but she chose to start something to make a change for others.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I have always felt that it was important to include my kids in almost all aspects of what I do and I’m lucky, having a company called The MOMS, that I’m able to do so. Including my kids in my philanthropic works is a life lesson that I don’t have to teach because my kids will have it instilled in them by just doing it. My kids are interested in helping others. We recently hosted a Mamarazzi event with Laura Posada and the new Broadway show “Bronx Bombers”. The Posadas are involved with MyFace.Org. My son saw their calendar and was very concerned about the kids. He’s now saving all of this money and figuring out ways to make money so he can help a child have surgery.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

That anything is possible. coque iphone x If you have a dream, go for it. If you can help others, do it.

What would your kids say about all of this?

I’m hoping it’s what they do with it, not what they say. I hope they just continue to be curious and concerned about others and grow up to do their part to help others. To me, everything is passion. I hope they find things they are passionate about that makes them be the best versions of themselves…and to me that includes helping others.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Monday, July 14th, 2014

This Philanthropic Friday is all about Nancy Rabinowitz Friedman and with very good reason. Nancy is a person who makes things grow. She does so in a way that not only leaves you in awe of her contribution, but also keeps the laughter alive. She is generous – giving everything’s she has got to the causes she feels so strongly about. Nancy does so simply in the name of supporting what she believes in. Fame, notoriety and legacy are not on her radar – seeing progress and doing the right thing are. There is something so honest and so endless about the way Nancy gives. The list of where she shines her amazing light is quite extensive. She focuses her philanthropic passion on a wide range organizations and issues – ranging from the arts to kids and much more. Still, it seems there is always something more that Nancy is up to – lending her amazing energy and time. And when asked, Nancy says “yes” and then goes on to ask, “What else could we do?”. And then she does.

Nancy applies her standard of care and energy to all the areas of her life. She sees all she does as an opportunity to help others. Be it her remarkable business success with Kidzvuz, where there is always a philanthropic tie-in or an opportunity to inspire a child – or her children’s school (where she is active and engaged) – she is there in reliable, authentic ways. When I was honored by the R Baby Foundation a few year ago, Nancy jumped right in and helped in remarkable ways. As for Nancy’s friendship – that is a gift too. She brings humor, wit and yes, that same amazing care to the mix. coque iphone 8 When I see, talk to or even think about Nancy, I leave smiling – it is that simple. So today, meet our philanthropic mom, Nancy Rabinowitz Friedman and let the sunshine in!

Nancy Rabinowitz Friedman

From Hip to Housewife & KidzVuz

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

I think “Philanthropic Mom” is kind of a fancy word for saying “A Mom Who Does Good.” And I try to be someone who “does good” in all kinds of ways throughout my life, whether it’s when I’m being Vice Chair of The Transport Group Theatre Company board, or being a tour guide at my kids’ school, taking my kids to visit homebound elderly people in the neighborhood on Jewish Holidays, or even helping a women with a double stroller make it across a slushy NYC street. All of that is doing good work. It’s not some organized thing I do, or some label. It’s how I try — emphasis on try – to live my life.

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?

When I first graduated from college I did a six-week training to become a Rape Crisis Counselor at a downtown hospital. Being a rape counselor was intense work. soldes coque iphone I met women at their most vulnerable. As a total stranger, I had to advocate for them and comfort them. soldes coque iphone 2019 I never saw or heard from any of them again. coque iphone xr But each of the women I counseled stayed with me — changed me. That experience – of intense closeness with women from all walks of life – hookers, college coeds, corporate execs, made me more able to see beyond people’s circumstances to who they really are.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

What really inspires me are the small acts of kindness I see every day: the woman who stops to help someone who has tripped; the teenager who gives up his seat on the bus; the guy who walks out of Zabars with a bag of groceries, and pulls out a sandwich to hand to the homeless man on the sidewalk.

Of course the Malala’s of the world are amazing, and inspiring – but everyday grace…that’s what gets me.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I’m proud when Transport wins an award. I’m proud that every major event we have at KidzVuz has a Philanthropic component. coque iphone outlet But mostly, I don’t really think of good works as something to be proud of. Doing Good is what you’re supposed to do. If you don’t do good, if all you do is for yourself, that’s notable. (in a bad way) But if you do good, well, that’s just how it’s supposed to be. Nothing to be proud of there.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

Legacy is way too big! I just want people to remember me as someone who was good to others. That’s good enough for me.

What would your children say about all of this?

They always complain when we drag them to the elder visits…but then they always like them. They feel good about going and making someone’s day.

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Monday, July 7th, 2014

Like many of the most remarkable women in my life – Rebecca Levey’s presence in my life seems to have to real beginning and hopefully, no end. coque iphone x And the range of where we go and what we accomplish together is infinite – it feels like the most remarkable version of “ OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO” – with the very best of company!

I have never been let down by Rebecca’s boundless energy, keen intellect or her ability to get the job done. She steps up in a way that is genuine – with complete passion and focus. coque iphone Rebecca always gets the job done and she does it exceptionally well at that. Her commitment is different from others in that she sees no barriers. If Rebecca says she is in – she in – mind, body and soul. coque iphone soldes There is no such thing as lip service – when Rebecca commits she rolls up her sleeves and makes magic. Her dedication and her accomplishments run deep. I will never really be able to thank her enough for the way in which she stepped up for me and the R Baby Foundation in 2011. That is just one example, of many. coque iphone 6 The list goes on and on….

And it is not only what she does. It is also how she views the world. Just this week there was yet another day in which NYC city schools were open in the midst of a freezing, messy snowstorm. There was a bitch-fest gong on over on FB. But one voice of clarity, perspective and reason stood out, it was Rebecca Levey:

“There are definitely different considerations for public school. more than 70% of NYC public school students receive free or reduced lunch. there are over 1 million kids in the school system. not having school means not getting a meal for many kids. not to mention parents who don’t have child care or the ability to stay home with a kid out of school.”

And that is Rebecca – smart, caring and determined to bring us all along as she makes good on her commitment to making the world a better place. Meet my dear friend, Rebecca Levey:

Rebecca Levey

Beccarama & KidzVuz

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

Funny, I would not think of myself as “philanthropic.” The work I’ve done in education and for other causes is more about volunteering time, sweat and sometimes tears, to get things done that need getting done. Philanthropy seems very lofty and more about money – but the spirit of it – the sense that you can make a difference and see change through giving and doing is very much at the core of my being.

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?

I think being the New York State Representative to the Mom Congress on Education and Learning in D.C. a few years ago really brought home the power and energy of what can happen when women all over the country stand up in their local area and fight for different education causes. Having 51 women come together and exchange ideas, formulate plans and really coalesce all of their individual fights into one larger effort for education reform was incredibly inspiring and made me realize that no matter what else I do professionally, my heart and soul are with the education movement.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

I am consistently influenced and inspired by so many women doing amazing work every day. Jennifer James and the Moms for Social Good network she has built, in addition to her advocacy work, awe me on a daily basis. Julia Beck has been a major force in my life as an example of a woman who weaves philanthropy and passion into everything she does. And, Melissa Bilash whose tireless work on behalf of gifted kids, and passage of the TALENT Act, keeps me hopeful that advocacy can see real results.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I am most proud of the real changes my co-president and I made at my daughters’ school – as well as the conversations we spurred and continued discussions that needed to had. soldes coque iphone It’s great when you can see tangible results from your work.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

I really just want parents to feel empowered and know that they should always have a seat at the table. And more importantly, I want my kids to know that if they want something to change they have to step up and do the work to make it happen. coque iphone It may not come to fruition, or it may look different from what you envisioned, but if you don’t step up nothing will ever change.

What would your girls say about all of this?

They would say it took up too much time! Honestly, they are very proud, and I think it gives them a sense that you should invest in your community, keep connecting and talking to everyone you can, and not be a passive wallflower.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Welcome to the first edition of Philanthropic Moms in 2014. coque iphone At a time when so many are “resolving” to do better, I thought it would be an ideal time to introduce you to a mother whose resolve to care for those around her is an amazing example of how we all are able to use our amazing power for good!

I met Natalie Goldberg Klein through Ciaran Blumenfeld, one of the great connectors in my life. Ciaran’s amazing habit of getting the right people together was in full effect from the word “go” with Natalie. Natalie impressed me with her remarkable ability get the right things done both well and fast. My head spins just thinking about Natalie in action! She not only knows what needs to be done (and with whom) but also how the to execute the task at hand with speed, agility and accuracy. Natalie is beautifully unassuming and, at the same time – incredibly powerful in her commitment to her values. She steps up again and again for those who need her the most (think Baby Buggy for example) and brings all the right people to the table. Her smile is omnipresent as she continues to leave her mark in all the best ways. She uses her influence for good – always and perfectly. As a professional and as a mother she is forever leading by example. coque iphone Natalie is one of those remarkable people who you meet and wonder how it was possible you’d not had her in your life forever. Well, the good news is now I will!

Meet my friend and our first Philanthropic Mom of 2014, Natalie Goldberg Klein.

Natalie Goldberg Klein

Hollywood Hot Moms

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

I don’t really see myself as a philanthropic mom. coque iphone pas cher But as someone who has always felt that of I can find a way to give back, I will search hard to make it happen.

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?

As a child we always were helping out in soup kitchens and buying groceries for those who were in need. coque iphone pas cher As a teen I worked at Mitzvah corps in northern Arizona, which was started by young teens to help out local kids who could go up to a camp for a week and enjoy themselves with sports,swimming, and endless food. coqueiphone I worked hard to afford to go to camp and all year we fundraised to help get those kids there! As I got older I always helped whenever I could. I ran a program for teens while in my early 20′s to help kids in need who had a family member or members that was lost in the Paris flight crash from NYC. coque iphone solde It’s always been a part of what I do! But after I had Jax, my first son, I was working on events for Hot Moms Club. I was very proud when we partnered with Baby Buggy for the Hasbro launch of Let’s Rock Elmo and donated over 25k in product and toys to children in need.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My synagogue was my biggest philanthropic influence — they really encouraged us to always give.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

Knowing that I am helping others and showing my kids that other peoples needs like this come first. That we should be honored to help.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

That all of us recognize that together we can change the world to make it a better place, one step at a time.

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

 

I met Kristin Swenson through two women with whom I have shared a great deal of history, philanthropy and laughs. coque iphone en ligne When Jill Seiman and Nicole Feliciano made the introduction via their super fashionable Monday Mingle I felt lucky to have met Kristin. She struck me as chic and capable (juggling content creation, parenting and sharing her POV like a pro). But more than that, Kristin was all about the heart of the matter and super committed to all that she valued. The more I got to know Kristin the more I understood what moved, motivated and had meaning to her – and the more I knew, the more I adored her. vente de coque iphone She’s got range but more than that Kristin has integrity that wraps the whole package up with a stunning bow! I have seen her step up over and again — never holding back when there was a way to contribute. Kristin, a beautiful mother of two is all that and more — philanthropic, fashionable and full of love — meet my friend, Kristin Swenson!

Kristin Swenson

 

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

Thanks to my mother, who has been an active volunteer her whole life, I’ve been exposed to community service since I was a child and have volunteered, myself, for various organizations over the years including March of Dimes, the Humane Society and local shelters.


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?

From a very early age, my mother stressed how important it is to give back. coque iphone 7 I remember joining her at March of Dimes walkathons as a youngster and having so much fun!

 

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My mother and sister are incredibly inspirational to me. coque iphone I can’t remember a year in the last couple decades when they weren’t involved with at least one philanthropic effort. coque iphone They’ve organized many drives including holiday card collections for deployed troops, bedding collections for the Joshua House, a home for abused children, and coat collections for local residents in need. coque iphone x In fact, after having a very difficult pregnancy and now running around after two kiddos, I haven’t volunteered regularly and it’s my family who has inspired me to push past that mama exhaustion of mine and get back out there!


What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I feel that my most important job is to raise children who will leave the world a better place and exposing them to the joys of philanthropy makes me proud. This past Christmas I took my four year old to pick out toys to donate and seeing him really get how amazing helping others can feel was so special!


What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

My children are my legacy and I hope that I’ll be remembered for raising kind and giving people.


What would your kids say about all of this?

They’re still quite small, but I hope that someday they’ll say they’re proud of their mama.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Amy Bair

 

Resourceful Mommy

Amy Bair is one of those remarkable, passionate souls who swoops in with a powerful energy that touches people in a profound way. Amy gets to you in all the best ways — her spirt lifts you and never lets you go. Pretty great, no? Amy’s commitment to her friends, family and yes – the whole the community (and Amy’s definition of community is quite broad) is staggering. coque iphone soldes Amy raises the bar – be it though her social media engagement, philanthropy, authoring or parenting – she brings it way up and she keeps it there. coque iphone pas cher And, she expects the same from those in her inner-circle. Amy delivers all of this with incredible grace and ease and most always with her signature “secret sauce” – a big, engaging smile on her face and a wicked sense of humor coursing through her veins. There is little confusion as to why those who know Amy adore her –she is a rare gem.

Amy is a teacher by training (this was her first profession), and it shows. She engages with an eye toward honestly advancing the ball for those she loves. I consider myself lucky to be one of her students — learning though her patient but clear directives. I feel constantly encouraged by her giddy laughter and her keen observations of the world around her. To know Amy is a lucky, fortuitous thing – that is for certain!

When I think of Amy, I think of the word – accomplished. I think of it as an adjective- as in: Amy is an extraordinarily accomplished woman. coque iphone x And also as a verb – as in: Amy has accomplished so very much for herself and for the world around her – not only in present tense (Amy has been a force to be reckoned with in the digital landscape since 2008) but in the longest view as well. coque iphone 6 And I also think how, through her care and friendship, she has elevated those around her to accomplish great things in their own right.

Meet my friend, Amy Bair!

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

I’ve always believed in giving back, however, how I’m able to do that has changed and grown over the years. Being able to volunteer time and talents as a teenager has evolved into also being able to give back monetarily and through influence.

 

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?

When I was 13, one of my best friend’s was diagnosed with abdominal cancer. I remember feeling paralyzed by a sense of helplessness. Then I realized that her family could be helped financially. I organized a group of friends and we set about planning a school dance fundraiser complete with the local radio station as DJ. Organizing those around me and finding a way to help a friend in need was incredibly therapeutic and also served the family of the friend we loved.

 

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My family. My grandmother literally gave until she had nothing left, and growing up, I watched as my parents very quietly and humbly gave to everyone from favorite charities to neighbors in need. My dad was a stay-at-home dad and spent hours helping local elderly and volunteering at church. I realized early on the power of simply wanting to help. I attended kindergarten at a private, Christian school and came home one day, sad that a friend would need to leave the school because of tuition. coque iphone 6 I found out years later that my parents had quietly and anonymously covered the rest of her expenses for the year. That had a profound impact on me.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I’m most proud of the impact my giving is having on my children.

The road from here to Channing

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

 

As you likely know by now — I recently worked with the generous goddess that is Jenna-Dewan Tatum. The Forty Weeks team of brilliant women teamed with the rock-star crew at Baby Buggy to facilitate a large donation of Bravado Designs nursing bras. It was a gift from the heart. It was remarkable to watch as the whole crew jumped in to make it so. Our joint mission was clear — supporting Baby Buggy and their ongoing work in support of all mothers. Jenna was remarkable not only in her willingness to step-up to make this donation but later in her defense of the then still pregnant, Kim Kardashian – and in support of allowing women to be whomever they wanted to be in pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. She was beautiful – inside and out. Really, impressive — Jenna was singing my song!

What you may not know is the road that led me to Jenna. And that road begins with my daughters, their crushes and my basic desire to do well both in the big picture of the world and also in the dizzying universe that is home. I try hard to strike the balance. I am not sure I always get it right. acheter coque iphone And then there are days when somehow it works. coque iphone When your (then) 16 year-old daughter comes giddily into the kitchen, asking with an uncharacteristic amount of interest, if you will be working with Channing Tatum as his wife is pregnant. And it is me thinking – I am not even sure I know a thing about his wife (truly I did not). And then the “reminders” – the daughters bugging you for days on end about this philanthropic possibility and you brushing it off. Until one day you do not. coque iphone xr And that day you begin to learn about Jenna Dewan-Tatum and in doing so, you realize she is so spot on and just who you were looking for to continue Bravado’s commitment to all mothers. And just like that it falls into place. coque iphone She is open, Baby Buggy is thrilled and more than $214,500 worth of nursing bras are donated to women who need them most.

Last Friday I was invited by my friends Denise and Melissa of The Moms to a local screening of White House Down. So, I took my daughters, each with a plus one. The giddy energy was palpable – they were decked out and just thrilled. coque iphone pas cher I too was happy –it is not every day a Mom gets her 15 minutes of being adored by her daughters. Just prior to the screening, the cast came in for a quickie Q&A. And as Channing talked about his brave and exciting new role as Daddy – I could hear it in him too. That same remarkable humility, gratitude and care that I got from Jenna.

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

 

I have been wracking by brain, trying to remember when Lyss Stern and I first crossed paths. The problem is, this is an long-standing, rich and super- positive relationship that really seems to have no beginning and with luck no end! Let’s just say that one day an amazing force of sunshine, energy, conviction, passion and integrity came into my world. And I would never be the same! I am sure we met around a plan to do some good and, I will bet my last nickel that together we met and far exceeded expectations. soldes coque iphone That is just how Lyss does it. So that day, that day I cannot clearly identify, the one when Lyss Stern and I met — that was a very lucky day!

Lyss is about a beautiful as they come — deep-seeded grace and care are her calling card and these traits only serve to amplify the outer beauty (which is impossible to miss). Lyss’ arms are always open wide — her intention is to make a difference and she does so day in and day out. coque iphone 8 She moves fast, but in a precise manner. Lyss has got her sites clearly focused on what she is out to accomplish. Lyss uses her power and her influence for good — from the most intimate (raising two little boys) to the most public (the amazing world of DivaLysscious Moms) she is impeccable in her execution and deeply committed to the best possible outcomes for all involved.

Lyss has led the way — not only creating communities for Moms but for creating a mandate that these groups give back in real ways. coque iphone x Lyss is loyal, fun-loving and deeply engaged in the world. I am so incredibly proud and lucky to call Lyss my friend, business associate and with luck one of the ones I will grow old with! Meet the stunning Lyss Stern!

Lyss Stern

 

 

DivaLysscious Moms

 

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

I believe I fit the description of a philanthropic mother because I have have always been sure to incorporate the act of giving back into my business. Following the 2004 Tsunami, we held a benefit luncheon with tot-rock star Dan Zanes, raising much-needed money for the Red Cross Tsunami Relief efforts. DivaLysscious Moms has helped raise thousands of dollars for family-oriented charities, including The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center and Max Cure Foundation just to name a few. coque iphone 8 I also believe I am a different kind of philanthropic mom and not just surface-level; I have witnessed so many friends and family members suffer through cancer and am determined to help in any and every way possible. soldes coque iphone 2019 I also have a way of putting myself in other people’s shoes, which gives me that extra drive when it comes to charity. I take pride in the empathetic aspect of my persona.

 

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?

A stand-out memory for me happens every summer at the Max Cure Foundation: Roar for a Cure carnival. Thousands of people– including myself and FabULyss DivaMoms members– gather together in the Hamptons to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. coque iphone 7 Again, putting myself in my own shoes, I would want billions of people supporting my family and families like mine should one of my children ever get sick. This is a way in which an insane number of people all commit themselves to a cause together and it is truly beautiful to watch. Even if the children running around don’t understand why they’re there quite yet, they’re still there, and their parents are doing so much good by involving them.

 

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My biggest philanthropic influence would have to be the beautiful and elegant Audrey Hepburn. coque iphone 8 My company was founded on the principle that a woman can get messy and be a mom but still be graceful and glamorous, and Audrey Hepburn was a philanthropist and so levelheaded and still managed to be the classiest, most beautiful woman in history. Hepburn said, “I speak for those children who cannot speak for themselves, children who have absolutely nothing but their courage and their smiles, their wits and their dreams.” Being a mother, my heart opens up wildly to those words and encourages me to always do what I can for children and those less fortunate than myself.

 

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I am most proud about being a philanthropic mom because of the example I am setting for my children. They are growing up in a household in where we care about other people as much as we care about ourselves, and that is such a crucial thing to instill in your children at a young age.

 

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

I want to know that I have empowered people in any and every way that I could, especially women. Empowerment is key to change and success; an empowered woman can do more good works that anyone, any group, and anything.

 

What would your kids say about all of this?

I am proud to say that my children understand what helping others means; I know that they both want to inspire people– Oliver wants to be a theatre artist, and Jackson an athlete– and I know that when they reach these points in their lives they will always make time to do good things for the world and its people.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

It all started with the Swine Flu epidemic in 2009. Not the most glamorous of introductions, but none-the-less, this is how I came to know Maine based journalist, Kara Matuszewski Sassone. Kara immediately struck me as intelligent, compassionate and smart as a whip. I was her source (I had two girls up at summer camp in Maine that summer and as the epidemic swelled I kept her up to speed on the inside story) and quickly her friend. Through our many interactions over various digital platforms Kara’s compassion and competence never failed to impress me. coque iphone 6 Our friendship quickly went IRL and flourished. She became a part of my inner-circle and together we battled more than the flu.

What I was always struck by was how Kara could quickly shift the energy of almost any room to one of optimism and collaboration. She was the first to step up and as a natural leader – others followed. She openly shared her voice and her experiences. coque iphone pas cher Even in the face of her own personal challenges, Kara always had clarity and purpose. I watched with marvel as each obstacle was removed and further, how she never forgot to give back in real, tangible ways to ease the journey of others.

As amazing of a participant as Kara is, she is equally gifted at stepping back and reading the landscape. coque iphone x It was through this lens that she shifted her career to align with what she saw as the true power of Social Media. As Kara grew her career from journalism to higher education, so too her family with husband Scott Sassone grew. Their most adorable twins, Campbell and Jackson have made for a busy, full house – one she shares openly via SM partners such as Isis Parenting, Bravado Designs and more. coque iphone 6 Still, Kara is never too busy to connect, care and make a real difference in the world around her.

Meet my friend and latest Philanthropic Mom, the remarkable Kara Sassone!

Kara (Matuszewski) Sassone

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

Even before being a mother, I liked to be involved in my community, whether it was emceeing an event, being part of a fundraising walk, volunteering, donating blood, or gathering donations. Now that I’m a mother, I feel an even more intense desire to give back in order to help ensure my children will grow up in a thoughtful and helpful environment.

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?

While growing up my family would host a St. coque iphone pas cher Nicholas Day party every year. coque iphone 7 My friends and I would make decorations that would then be donated to a local soup kitchen. Going with my parents as they delivered our gifts made me realize how lucky I was.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My mother has always taught me to be kind, to help others, and to give when and where you can. Whether it be with money, with time, or with a hug, she has taught me to be generous with what you can offer.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

Literally since the day my twins were born they have been part of our philanthropic family. They were born prematurely smack dab in the middle of Movember – a month in which men grow mustaches to raise money for and awareness of men’s cancers. My husband offered to shave his mustache so we wouldn’t have newborn photos with Dad sporting a ‘stache. I refused telling him I wanted our children to know we don’t just care for ourselves, but for others.