A big "thank you" to all who could join me at our launch party on the fourteenth! I am overwhelmed—with joy and amazement—at your presence and your support. I am most truly grateful that you made time to come to the Woman’s Club to celebrate my new business, and to meet other people interested in giving to make our communities better.
What a blessed journey it has been for me, professionally and personally to get to this “next chapter” stepping off point.
Several years ago, my husband and I made the decision to take some of our “extra” to form a donor-advised Family Fund for our charitable giving, and as a way to encourage our kids to get involved in philanthropy. They were each given the opportunity to pick a 501-c-3 to recommend to the rest of the family , for funding by our Cress Family Fund. Some came to our Christmas-time living room meetings with power-point presentations; for others , our boys, it was more of an off-the-cuff, oral ‘presentation’. But I’m pleased to say that for some, the concept of giving to their neighbors caught on. Christine has been instrumental in a college group at St. Bens/St. Johns called Square One, that works with poor areas around the globe to develop sustainable businesses in their communities.
In this next chapter career, I’d like to encourage and assist people in the same way to put their “extra” to work in our community now, today, not after we die, but today. Let’s get JOY out of doing and giving to others.
Thank you for all the good work that each of you do. My brand: Trustworthy, Discreet, Efficient, and Fun!