Saturday, March 03, 2012

An inspiring evening with the Inspiration Corporation!

I greatly enjoyed a wonderful evening with new friends at the Inspiration Corporation's annual fundraiser, 'One Inspired Evening', Friday in Chicago.

It was an inspiring gathering in a really cool setting. I'm flat-out smitten with the amazing work of their Inspiration Kitchens in Garfield Park and Uptown. What a creative and effective vision for community based economic development and social change.

The Inspiration Corporation provides many other valuable and much needed community services. I love their tag line: Inspiration Corporation. Catalyst for self-reliance.

I met many new friends including the Inspiration Corporation's Board Chair, Neal Kulick, their amazing founder, Lisa Nigro (photo), and Executive Director and CEO, Shannon Stewart.

The 'Welcome' page in this year's event handout gives a great overview of the Inspiration Corporation's valuable work:

"In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people that are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing."

"Last year we are proud to say that Inspiration Corporation assisted more than 3,000 individuals that faced homelessness, poverty, and other barriers to self-sufficiency such as recent incarceration."

Thank you for the invitation and thanks to all the event organizers including Honorary Chair, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

I could not be more inspired about the vision of the Inspiration Corporation and especially their Inspiration Kitchens! Thank you for all your great work. Forward!

Inspiration Corporation. Thank you Inspiration Corporation for One Inspired Evening!

Inspiration Kitchens. Thank you Lisa Nigro for your vision and entrepreneurial spirit! My kind of sustainable work!

Earlier post about the Inspiration Kitchens. Dine well. Do good.

Lisa Nigro's wonderful new non-profit, Transform U. Transform U supports individuals with cognitive disabilities in achieving fitness goals and in becoming certified peer fitness trainers for other individuals with cognitive disabilities. A spectacular social enterprise startup that's needed worldwide.

Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen. An amazing community-based food processing facility in Iowa County Wisconsin, owned by the Hodan Center, a 501c3 Non-profit serving the goals of people with disabilities.

Inspiration Corporation's wonderful event 'One Inspired Evening' was hosted at the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall, in the West Loop. This is a really beautiful venue!

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