Throughout this wonderful holiday season about giving thanks, take some time to give back. Create a Thanksgiving with more meaning by making it a holiday with a purpose – An Inspired Thanksgiving!The Huestudio + Company is inspired by the generous giving efforts of Preslee and Justin Bany, with support from their friend, Maddie Enviya.
For November 2015, we are proud to salute these young adults as Huestudio Heroes!
The 4th Annual Benefit for My Brother’s Kitchen* was held on November 7, 2015 in Elk Grove Village. Attending guests were invited to bring two (2) cans of non-perishable food items to support Thanksgiving servings on November 21, 2015 and were treated to music, raffles and good cheer.
For past benefits, Preslee and Justin created handmade gift certificates donating their personal time to rake leaves and shovel show. Inspired to do more for 2015, a larger giving idea was envisioned.
Supported by their friend Maddie, fifty (50) “Giving Thanks” Kits were artfully and lovingly hand-assembled. Preslee and Justin budgeted, shopped and set-up an assembly line of non-perishable items of granola bars, water, hand warmers, gloves, toothpaste, mouthwash, cheese/crackers, etc. to supplement the Thanksgiving Dinner feeding date on November 21, 2015. Friends and family were invited to “sponsor a bag” by donating funds. To date, over $450.00 has been raised with the support of twenty-three (23) sponsors.
Take time to give back. Non-perishable food items continue to be accepted and any/all are welcome to participate in the November 21, 2015 regular feeding date, just a few days prior to Thanksgiving, where 200+ Thanksgiving dinners will be served.
Be inspired to join Preslee, Justin, their wonderful parents and their many family and friends for An Inspired Thanksgiving!
*My Brother’s Kitchen was started as a Deaconate Ministry of Christ’s Vineyard by brothers Frank Vito, Sr. and Pete Vito, Sr. Their mission was simply to feed those less fortunate than themselves. Together with their friend and Executive Chef, Joe Coco, they began the mission in December, 2003. Soon after, Frank passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, but Pete carried on their mission, and “My Brother’s Kitchen” was dedicated to Frank’s memory in March, 2004.
Their first location was Our Lady of Mercy Church in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, where it stayed until the building was demolished in 2006. The mission found itself without a regular place to feed the needy until 2009. In 2009, Pete found a new home at West Side Christian Church and School on Pulaski and 13th in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, where it remains today.
Sadly, in October 2010, Pete Vito, Sr. also passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.
Today, Pete’s children have taken up the efforts that Pete and Frank began back in 2003. Pete’s eldest son, Anthony is now the Executive Director of My Brother’s Kitchen. Aided by his sister, Marie and their brothers Peter and Vince, the Vito children along with their extended family and friends continue feeding the hungry in memory of Pete and Frank. Their mission remains simply to feed the less fortunate with donations from generous family and friends. They personally prepare meals on the 3rd Saturday of every month, averaging around 200 meals served.
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