We love Chicago – had you heard?
It’s not just the summers, or the inspiring architecture and brilliant urban design; it’s certainly not the CTA (though if we can put aside our quotidien irritation, we might admit that our relatively cheap, modern, and highly effective public transportation is a luxury the majority of the 21st-century world does not get to enjoy and let’s not take that for granted!), and I wouldn’t say it’s just the access to cultural engagement from the low to the very highest of the brows.
Zealous Good loves Chicago for all of these reasons, sure, absolutely! What is not to love about these really great things?! But we also get to experience the best of our people and our businesses. We inhabit a prime space from which to see the generosity of the human beings behind for-profit enterprises, as well as the passionate dedication of those operating nonprofit organizations. When generosity and passion meet, well, who can blame us if that puts the shine on our apple?
Case in point: agencyEA, a local experiential marketing agency, recently made a creative and incredibly useful contribution to our partner Friends of the Bessemer Bears, an organization that provides training and support for Special Olympics athletes in Chicago’s Bessemer Park.
EA, responsible for President Obama’s recent birthday party/fundraiser at the Aragon Ballroom among other fantastic events, recently rebranded, leaving them with a wealth of notebooks and clipboards that they could no longer use. Rather than send perfectly good items to the landfill, EA handed intern extraordinaire Maeve Sheahan the task of finding a home for them. As it turns out, another EA employee, Kate Ellis, had previously donated personal goods to Zealous Good and referred Maeve to our donation form. Within the day, Brittany confirmed the donation with Maeve and set up the match with Friends of the Bessemer Bears. Easy, fast, and all for a great cause!
One might assume that companies like agencyEA certainly do not have to spend the time or energy seeking out organizations like the Friends of the Bessemer Bears. Individuals like Kate and Maeve are busy women with what I’m certain are pretty intense daily to-do lists! Yet they do make the time to seek out more meaningful connections between their goods and services and the Chicago community, and for that, we thank them. They are what inspires us daily, and they are what makes Chicago so great.