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VIPink is Tomorrow Night!

Oct 19, 2011   //   by Cameron   //   Bright Pink, Events, Fashion, News, Non Profits  //  No Comments

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Don’t miss the chance to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in true Bright Pink fashion at Saks Fifth Avenue!

This year’s party is hosted by some of Chicago’s most well-known and fashionable personalities including:

D.C. Crenshaw – Fete SElect TV/Game Time Dine
Lynne Bredfeldt – Park Hyatt Chicago
Jason Erkes – Chicago Sport and Social Club
Mari Luangrath – Foiled Cupcakes
Arturo Gomez – Rockit Ranch Productions
Cassandra Gaddo – TCW Magazine

The event will feature cocktails by Grey Goose, OneHopeWines and VitaminWater as well as delectable desserts and tasty appetizers by some of our favorite Chicago spots.

Guests will enjoy a New York style fashion show, silent auction sponsored by, photobooth and more surprises! You have until Noon Thursday, October 20th to get your tickets:  HERE

VIP tickets include seating during the fashion show, a $25 gift card to Saks Fifth Avenue and more.

Email me ASAP for more info, I might be able to still hook you up.

The official after party is at the Underground (of course)!

Better Boys Foundation Celebrates 50yrs Tonight!

Jul 12, 2011   //   by Cameron   //   Better Boys Foundation, Events, Get Involved, News, Non Profits  //  No Comments

Ryan Chiaverini and Valerie Warner from ABC’s Windy City Live will be interviewing guests and VIP’s as they arrive on the red carpet, look for Bear’s legends Gale Sayers and Richard Dent, current star Israel Idonije (who is presenting an award to the Payton family), and Taj Gibson from the Bulls. Oh, and me, I’ll be there too!

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Tonight’s event will recognize the many inspirational and influential people who have made Better Boys Foundation (BBF) what it is today. Guests will enjoy a variety of lavish foods and drinks compliments of Carnivale, entertainment, and an opportunity to bid on unique packages in the 50th Anniversary Silent Auction.

Chicago’s Better Boys Foundation Celebrates 50 Years of Success:

Net proceeds from the 50th Anniversary Celebration will support BBF’s ongoing work in the North Lawndale community. BBF was founded by Joseph Kellman in 1961 to provide the community’s children with a safe alternative to the streets. The agency has developed over the last 50 years into a multi-faceted youth development organization that serves hundreds of children, youth and families each year.

BBF is rooted in one community, but its impact is incredibly broad. Over 50 years of service, BBF has provided thousands of young people with the educational, social, cultural, and recreational resources necessary to achieve success in school, in their careers, and their personal lives.

A Day at the Races

May 5, 2011   //   by Cameron   //   Big Brothers Big Sisters, Events, Get Involved, News, Non Profits  //  No Comments

A Day at the Races

If you know me really well, you may have heard of my idea to match up every student in the entire Chicago Public School system with a mentor that will stick with them until they graduate college. I know, I know, that would be a lot of work… but no one ever told me not to think so ‘big’ (plus, I wouldn’t listen anyway). There are groups that are working toward this goal and vision right now and one of the best out there is the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). They are making a measurable impact in our community, just look at the power of having a Big Brother or Big Sister! Kids mentored by BBBS involved are:

  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • more confident of their performance in schoolwork
  • one-third less likely to hit someone
  • getting along better with their families

So this Saturday at 2pm, in support of this cause, we’re hosting a fun Kentucky Derby themed event that will include plenty of Mint Juleps, Derby-tinis, wine, beer and southern cuisine (the food is by ZED451, so your know it will be amazing!!!!).

We’ll have sweet things to bid on too… like hotel get aways, spa packages and sports paraphernalia — and wear your finest Derby hat!

Tickets are $75 per person or $250 for a group of four. Purchase yours at or at the door.

All proceeds further the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and help provide at-risk Chicago youth with caring adult mentors.

Zed451 is located at 739 N Clark and event runs from 2:00 to 5:30pm.

Questions? Either contact me or Jessica Rechtien at or 312.207.5604. See you there!

Digital Media & Marketing Panel Discussion

Apr 18, 2011   //   by Cameron   //   Events, Get Involved, News, Young Professionals of Chicago  //  No Comments

digital media and marketing

Thursday, April 21st. 6:00pm

Metropolitan Club – Willis Tower, 67th Floor

Join me this Thursday! I’ve teamed up with the Young Professionals of Chicago (YPC) to host a panel of distinguished speakers to discuss the impact of digital marketing and media in today’s business environment. Our panelists will provide a behind the scenes look at the digital media and marketing stratgies deployed in successful businesses today and discuss what companies are doing to stay competitive in the digital age. As the next generation of business leaders, it is crucial that young professionals become fluent in digital marketing and media – this program will offer you advice on what you need to know to help advance your career. Open networking will be held from 6-6:30 p.m., with the panel discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m. Following the program, network with the presenters and your peers in the industry. Use the code “croft” and tickets are only $10 ($5 for YPC Members). Everyone receives a complimentary drink and appetizers. See you Thursday!

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Make My Day Monday Event Benefiting Team Hope’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Feb 28, 2011   //   by Cameron   //   Events, Get Involved, MMDM, News, Non Profits  //  No Comments

MMDM at Rockit

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The idea of “Make My Day Mondays” or “MMDM” is every Monday to make an effort to help someone in need. The distinction of “MMDM” is not to focus on a dollar amount or a specific organization, but to behave with a sense of strong morality and support for the community.

The heart of the idea is to donate anything to anyone or anyplace that is important to the individual. Whether it’s buying a homeless person a meal or volunteering at a local school, we hope the pay-it-forward idea becomes contagious.  By ‘tagging’ social media posts about your good deed with #MMDM, others in your network and beyond will be encouraged to look for ways to help others!

The new Chicago hotspot Hubbard Inn will host our 4th “Make My Day Monday” event. This month we are benefiting Team Hope’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Like past MMDM events, donations will be taken at the door with 100% given directly to Team Hope.

The private party will be located upstairs at Hubbard Inn (110 W Hubbard, Chicago) starting at 6pm TONIGHT (2/28).

Hubbard Inn will be passing around samples of their delicious flat-bread pizzas and a cocktail reception featuring the “Hubbard Smash,” made with Maker’s Mark, until 7pm.

Chris Rongey, host of the Pregame and Postgame shows for the White Sox on 670 AM, The Score, will be there supporting the cause.

Bring your friends to come together for some cocktails to support a great cause and meet some new amazing people!

To learn more about Team Hope visit their website, at @TeamHOPEChicago on twitter and facebook.
Donate directly to the team here.

To learn more about MMDM, visit (@makemydaymonday)

The first three events in Chicago were a major success benefiting Streetwise, The Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and Step Up Womens Network!

Founder of MMDM: Scott Norton (@nortonsports)

Partner in MMDM awareness: State Street Sports (@statestsports)

Well-dressed Spies and the Women That Love Them

Feb 24, 2011   //   by Cameron   //   Clients, Events, Fashion, News  //  No Comments

I can’t remember the last time I was in a fashion show, and there is probably a good reason for this, but I’m giving it another try this Saturday. Well maybe they just felt like they had to invite me since I made their new website look so awesome? Every fashion show needs a computer geek, right?!

Check out the invite and come be entertained:

Spring Fashion Show for Sebastien Grey

Sebastien Grey embarks on its first Fashion Show with a bang of the British spy variety for a Pre-Spring Show at The Underground on February 26th.

Join MC Kelli Zink watching debonair super spies (and the provocatively dressed ladies who love them) walk down the runway in the bespoke fashion causing a buzz all over the Windy City. You’ll be shaken and stirred by Halo [For Men]’s sleek grooming and Sebastien Grey’s custom shirts, slacks, vests, three-piece suits, overcoats and more.

Don’t miss a glimpse of luxurious, bespoke English tailoring with a hip, modern edge while you sip martinis and move to beats by The Underground’s resident DJ. Doors open at 9:00pm, RSVP to

Reader’s Friday at Goudy Elementary

Readers Friday

Join us on the last Friday of each month to read to the kids. Each volunteer will visit several classrooms, and we read to kindergarten classes all the way up to 8th graders. This month’s theme is Black History Month.


Friday, February 25 · 8:30am – 11:30am

Goudy Elementary Library (3rd Floor)
5120 N Winthrop Ave
Chicago, IL

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Alumni for Public Schools promotes and supports volunteer partnerships between the Chicago chapters of college and university alumni associations and individual Chicago public schools in order to enhance student learning and increase students’ awareness of and readiness for post-secondary options.

APS provides a link and a means of communication between three primary stakeholders: the Chicago Public Schools central office, participating schools, and volunteers from participating alumni associations. We seek to encourage public schools to view alumni associations as valuable resources for their students, and to encourage alumni clubs to imagine new and effective possibilities for their partnerships.

Come interact with the kids!!!

Make My Day Monday Event Benefiting Step Up Women’s Network

Jan 18, 2011   //   by Cameron   //   Events, Get Involved, MMDM, News, Non Profits  //  No Comments

Make My Dad Monday

The idea of “Make My Day Mondays” or “MMDM” is every Monday to make an effort to help someone in need. The distinction of “MMDM” is not to focus on a dollar amount or a specific organization, but to behave with a sense of strong morality and support for the community.

The heart of the idea is to donate anything to anyone or anyplace that is important to the individual. Whether it’s carrying a stranger’s heavy suitcase up the stairs from the subway, pushing a car out of the snow, or paying for the person behind you at the grocery store, we hope the pay-it-forward idea becomes contagious.  By ‘tagging’ social media posts about your good deed with #MMDM,  others in your network and beyond will be encouraged to look for ways to help others!

We’ll be upstairs at Rockit (22 W Hubbard, Chicago), get there at 6pm when the free appetizers start 😉

Donations will be taken at the entrance for event. All Donations from the MMDM event will be given directly to Step Up Women’s Network.

Step Up Women’s Network is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to connecting and advancing women and girls. By bridging communities of professional women and under-served teen girls through mentorship, networking and advancement, we ensure women and girls have the opportunities they need to create a better future.

To learn more about Step Up Women’s Network visit:

To go along with this cause and the founder of MMDM’s sport connections, we decided to honor a few women in the sport’s media.

We will be recognizing the achievements of both Paula Faris and Sarah Spain.

Paula Faris

Paula Faris

Faris joined the NBC5 Sports team in November 2005 as a reporter/anchor. Since then, she has won several Emmy’s, most recently, for coverage of the Chicago Marathon. You can also follow Paula on her personal Twitter account @paulafaris.

Sarah Spain

Sarah Spain

Sarah Spain has recently accepted a job with ESPN 1000 WMVP-AM as a Sportscenter Anchor and Reporter. In addition, she will also be co-hosting WGN-TV’s brand new show “Chicago’s Best!” Spain has been named Chicago’s “Best Budding Media Mogul” by Newcity magazine. You can follow Spain on her blog “No Spain, No Gain” at as well as on Twitter @SarahSpain.

Bright Pink night at the *new* Public House

Jan 17, 2011   //   by Cameron   //   Bright Pink, Events, Get Involved, News, Non Profits  //  No Comments

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This is the perfect chance to check out what all the buzz is about… there has CERTAINLY been a ton of excitement about this new River North venue from the team that turned Bull & Bear into a hit!  When you get there early (I warned you in advance) order a few specialty Grey Goose cocktails for you and your friends, as 100% of the proceeds will go to the cause: Supporting education and outreach to young women that are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.  More about the cause HERE.