Candace Vogler leads a team of philosophers at the University of Chicago who are studying: "Virtue, Happiness and the Meaning of Life. She recently shared some of her observations about human nature and happiness at MEF's Breakfast with Champions speaker series.
"Empowerment" - the ability to give someone more control over their life..
"If I looked good in hats, I would wear two: one for Midtown, and one for the Cubs."
Kevin Saghy, a mentor at Midtown Educational Foundation for over six years and 2012 Volunteer of the Year, serves as the Chicago Cubs Communications Manager. He spoke yesterday at the MEF Breakfast for Champions, benefiting at-risk youth at Midtown Center for boys and Metro Achievement Center for girls. The event was hosted at SkaddenArps. Before announcing the Wrigley Field Centennial celebration plans, he took a moment to share why he makes time to give back once a week.
Why do I keep going back?
"I have a busy schedule. It is challenging to make it every Thursday. But where I came from, I had a supportive extended family, and the way I viewed ‘trouble' was totally different than these kids in Chicago face on a day-to-day basis.
At Midtown, after 30 minutes of sports, 90 minutes of school-work and one-on-one goal setting, there is a character talk on a value or issue facing the boys...Two weeks ago, the talk was on gangs. These 4th-6th graders - elementary school age - already experience the pressure and influence by gang members, knowing them by name, territories, signs, and colors. It was such an eye opener.
...I see one of my students once a week. His mom told me that he looks at me as the main male influence in his life. Once a week, I could serve that role for him. That's the type of impact Midtown has, and that's why Cubs Charities supported them before I came along. So by supporting the Cubs, you are supporting great programs like Midtown Educational Foundation."
The Centennial Plans
While much of the plans are top secret, the audience was able to hear a few sneak peeks of the Wrigley Centennial Plans. Dive into celebration from each decade, from 1910's to today, and experience the ambiance from the food, music, all-star players, kids toys, and the most unique tours ever. If you're lucky, you might even have a famous player lead your tour. Mark your calendars for the official anniversary game on April 23rd, and enjoy a season full of nostalgia. Visit www.wrigleyfield100.com for complete details.
Kevin Saghy, manager of communications for the Chicago Cubs, will be sharing the team's season-long plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field at a breakfast hosted by the Midtown Advancement Council on Thursday, April 10. For details and to register, go to www.midtown-metro.org/champions. Proceeds from the breakfast will support summertime enrichment programs for Chicago's urban youth. Attendees will have a chance to win two tickets to the official 100th anniversary game on April 23 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Chicago — On Friday, September 20, nearly 100 Chicago professionals and community members gathered at Midtown Educational Foundation's Breakfast with Champions. The guests arrived early to welcome John F. McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks. He generously donated his time at the event benefiting Midtown Center for boys and Metro Achievement Center for girls -- academic and character enrichment centers for at-risk Chicago youth.
On behalf of the host firm, Skadden Arps, attorney Mike Scudder greeted the guests. "Thinking about Midtown [Educational Foundation] and the Blackhawks, it's quite an honor to talk about these two tremendous organizations. One of the things they have in common: tremendous success."