"The Runway For Hope" For And About Children: Supports One Hope United

This Sunday, Pure Productions Presents The Runway for Hope Children’s Fashion Show is a fun-filled evening of fashion, food; shopping, performances and silent auctions that help raise money for One Hope United.  The Fashion Show will be held  Sunday April 26, 2015 at The Fine Arts Building: 410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago from    3pm to 630... Read more »

10 Chicagoans To Watch In 2015

Shilpa Alva<p>
In September 2014, Shilpa took a bold step by leaving her successful corporate career to dedicate all her energy towards her passion – Surge. She left her position as Manager in the Supply Chain Advisory practice at Ernst & Young in Chicago, USA and started to focus more heavily on building and sustaining the organization. Prior to Ernst & Young, she was the Global Logistics Manager at Ecolab in Minneapolis, USA.

In addition to her professional experience, Shilpa also has strong academic credentials; she has completed her MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and her BSc in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. <br><br>

About Surge’s Founding<p>
I’m often asked what it was that moved me about water. My motivation began when I was a child visiting extended family in India. Issues related to the water crisis were so prevalent that I saw children my age who didn’t have the luxury of playing; instead many were fetching water for their family’s survival. Even as a seven-year-old child, I knew this was not the way the world should be. Access to safe water is a critical aspect of daily life, and everyone should have it. Children should not bear the responsibility of a family’s survival.  I knew then that I wanted to make a difference, I just didn’t know how.
When I was twenty-one, I spent a few months on a volunteer assignment in Rajgarh, a remote Indian village. I was confronted with water and sanitation issues for the first time as an adult. In an effort to save the limited water we had access to, we could only shower once in four days, flush the toilet sparingly and often had to wash our clothes in a murky river. We were among the fortunate ones who had some access to this precious resource; many of our friends in the village didn’t share in this luxury. It was through this firsthand experience that I realized it was now my responsibility to make a difference. The founding of Surge in 2008 was in response to this life-long calling: It was my way of making a lasting impact. We were going to change people’s lives by providing them with access to safe water and sanitation!
As Surge started to form, a few friends — our first volunteers — united to launch the organization. Our first event was Think Water, a water-inspired gala held at the stunning Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event was a huge success, attended by more than 200 guests. It scored a full-page feature in the Star Tribune, the largest newspaper in the state. With this unexpected, overwhelming support we knew our mission resonated with our community and that we had the backing to continue with our vision. And so we did! We continued to organize frequent fundraisers and awareness events. Soon we started to transition from raising funds and awareness to partnering with local organizations in Cambodia, Dominican Republic and Haiti.  As we gained momentum we were able to grow our impact and educational efforts around the world.
Surge has grown to a global nonprofit organization registered in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. We bring life-sustaining water and sanitation to those most in need, while increasing awareness of the global crisis. 
Today, a global team of talented volunteers operates Surge; each has a personal story of being moved by water that brought them to our organization: they may have witnessed poverty, inequalities and injustices around the world, etc. We have come together because of our belief that every person has an equal right to access safe water and sanitation. As a team, we continue to be significantly affected by the severity of the water crisis and the struggles people face to access this basic necessity. However, we stay driven as we know that with just a little bit of help we can make a life changing difference. We are changing the world — one drop at a time!<p>

<a href="http://surgeforwater.org/">Find out more about Surge</a>
They are philanthropists, entertainers, writers, activists – they are our friends, moms, brothers , sisters and just the person we may have heard of in passing.  This year’s list of difference makers come from all walks of life and have been and , in my humble opinion will be contributing to building a great future... Read more »

Local Author Helps You Live a Full and Connected Life with "Open Boxes"

Blogger, freelance writer, and author Christine Organ releases a debut story collection that reveals the sacred through everyday living. Like a skilled weaver, Organ laces personal insights, anecdotes, and observations into a skilled tapestry of the human spirit. Book Description Through stories about everything from spirituality and parenting, self-acceptance and friendship, shopping at Old Navy... Read more »

Chicago Food and Wine Crawl Creates Unique and Enjoyable Experience for All

 Chicago Food and Wine Crawl Creates Unique and Enjoyable Experience for All
While traveling to Napa in 2012 for a wine country tour I stumbled upon what I thought was a great idea. How do i provide the same wine tour experience in an big city setting. While Chicago may not share the Napa Valley landscape (or the great year round weather) one thing Chicago does have... Read more »

Saturday's "Night of A Thousand Noogies" Supports Gilda's Club Chicago

    A night of comedy to help combat cancer.  The folks at Gilda’s Club do amazing work . The team in Chicago provides over 350 programs/activities monthly for  cancer patients and their families.  They have created a true community of support. The Gilda’s Club Chicago Associate Board presents its 11th annual Night of a... Read more »


Kartemquin films has a history of telling compelling stories about the people who sometimes are hidden in our society. They connect with filmmakers who create lasting characters and unforgettable images .  They continue that tradition with the release of “The Homestretch”. The Moving film tells story of 3 Illinois teens among the estimated 54,000 trying... Read more »

Book Review: "Time Signature" - Music,History, and Time Travel Make an Interesting Trio

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Guest Blog: Modern-day lynching: The Killing of Michael Brown

Guest blog today by media consultant T. Shawn Taylor writing about the Michael Brown incident and the growing issue of African American Males caught in a violent confrontations with law enforcement. By T. Shawn Taylor Another innocent black male is dead. Do we dare expect justice in the killing of Michael Brown by a suburban... Read more »

Taste For A Cause Offers, Food , Fun , Support for Gilda's Club Chicago

Taste For A Cause Offers, Food , Fun , Support for Gilda's Club Chicago
I have made it my mission to help in any way I can organizations that are helping to negate the physical and emotional toll that cancer causes.  I’ve had too many losses friends and family.  So tonight I continue that help mission with “Taste For A Cause” a tasting event at Tocco (1266 North Milwaukee).... Read more »

This Weekend Is For Fun.....Are You In??

Forget the rain, cool summer nights , flooding…this weekend you  (and I ) deserve a full weekend of  activities, so here are a few suggestions : FRIDAY BEARS KICKOFF PARTY HOSTED BY CHICAGO DESIGN CONCEPTS   Join Chicago Design Concepts at Lincoln Park Stadium Bar & Grill – LP Stadium for an evening of exciting... Read more »