Making A Difference!

june_sunOur team at The Huestudio + Company has always been passionate, committed and dedicated to our communities and about giving back.

We chose Circle of Colors to reflect our personal, corporate and social responsibilities of encircling the community with our core business portfolios to invest in others, “pay it forward” and to give generously.

huestudio_circleofcolors_rgbEach year, our team selects preferred charitable partners that we desire to assist and support through monetary and in-kind donations, custom and innovative product partnerships and pro bono consultative experiences.

odntlogo copy 2In collaboration and partnership with Ink 4 Your Soul, shop our exclusive, colorful private label t.shirt designs that directly give back 50% of proceeds to select preferred charitable partners such as A Silver Lining Foundation, Countryside Association, Discovery Arts, Feed My Starving Children and One Hundred Pounds of Hope.

We’ve also partnered with RuMe [ReUseMe] to offer exclusive, custom branded reusable products that give back while pursuing a sustainable lifestyle, all in lots of color.

Shop A Silver Lining Foundation’s colorful products with a goal to raise $33,750 [250 individual, free mammograms @ $135.00/each] for their Buy A Mom A Mammogram® program.

Shop Discovery Arts’ exclusive products with a goal to raise $25,000 for their uplifting beside “Arts Adventures” programs. More at

Shop ‘connection’ offerings for One Hundred Pounds of Hope with a goal to raise $25,000 to complete their six room schoolhouse, complete with running water and essential school supplies, in Battambang, Cambodia.

hearts_pinkShop other exclusive gifts at Gifts that Give + to view our full listing of partners, visit our Community Commitment.

Our 2014 Favorites!

New Image1We are proud to present Our 2014 Favorites in Circles of Color!

As we begin to close out 2014, we reflect upon the past months of special events, successes, learning’s, and opportunities for the New Year. We pause to spotlight select, memorable preferred partners that captured our hearts with magical experiences and unique Client offerings.

Take time to visit their sites and experience their services. Tell them, “The Huestudio + Company sent you!”

Trust us, you’ll be glad that you took time to do so!

Happy Holidays to you and yours, with all your favorite circles of color!

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Discovery Arts-8Not only do we love Sugar Chic Designs with their uniquely imaginative special event sweet tables, but we adore A Sweet Delivery, a petit sweet table in a box! As a preferred partner, Amy DiTomasso has re-created the same magic and elegance of her beautifully appointed sweet tables into stylishly curated gift alternatives for everyday gift giving. Offering custom-branded corporate gifts, in addition to private and special events and weddings, A Sweet Delivery is a favorite of The Huestudio + Company! Send a smile of sugar and style today!  

DiscoveryArts-logo-blueDiscovery Arts and The Courage Campaign

Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootAs a preferred charitable partner of The Huestudio + Company for several years, Discovery Arts brings joy, laughter and normalcy to over 3,500 critically ill, hospitalized children and their families through their 100% free, signature “Arts Adventures”. We are honored to support The Courage Campaign through the sale of Louis T. Lion, the Official Lionison of Courage and Ambassador of Heart of Discovery Arts, through our online store, Gifts that Give. Purchase a Louis T. Lion through December 31, 2014 and one (1) additional Louis will be sent to Discovery Arts in your honor.

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DSC_6140Gabriel Bucataru of PhotoGabi, a preferred partner, captured the essence and joy with amazing images at the two-day volunteer MobilePack event at Chicago’s Union Station in August 2014. The “Be An Engine for Change” event was a 2014 highlight and volunteer favorite which allowed the hand-packing of life-giving meals, specifically formulated for malnourished children around the world. As a preferred charitable partner, Feed My Starving Children ships meals to over 70 countries around the globe. Consider volunteering your time and donating to this wonderful organization!

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white-winter-arrangement1The only flower shop to make Our 2014 Favorite list is a lovely European-style shop owned by the talented Joanne Leiman. Located in Evanston, Illinois, FlowersFlowers, a preferred partner, designs the most luscious and exquisitely creative floral arrangements using exceptional seasonal flowers from around the world. In addition to the flower varieties, coupled with interesting textural and whimsical elements, the designs of FlowersFlowers are truly outstanding and a favorite of The Huestudio + Company.

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Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootAs one of Our 2014 Favorites, the exotic and exquisite Fair Trade bangle creations of Jan Lewis Designs are uniquely lovely! We especially love the new Circle of Colors collection and were honored to have collaborated on the colorful and intricate designs. Soon to be featured inside the 2015 “Everybody Wins at the Oscars®” gift bags for the third consecutive year, Jan Lewis Designs’ handcrafted bangles and ties are sure to delight nominees in the best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress and best director categories. Neil Patrick Harris, the host of the 2015 Academy Awards, will also be a recipient.

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IMG_1154While many salons are terrific, La Relance Salon is exceptional in every way! New to Our 2014 Favorite list, this comfortable, yet romantic Aveda Concept salon is creative, classic and contemporary. Offering event styling for weddings and special occasions, their hair color treatments, hair conditioning, makeup and skin care services and specialized treatments for men, women and children are always first class! Book today to look amazing for the holidays and into 2015!

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_MG_0361New to Our 2014 Favorites list is a small cake studio + mom ’n pop cupcake shop located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Selected on behalf of their adorably creative, edible artistry with a focus on fun, contemporary cake designs, Maddiebird Bakery’s classic scratch cakes are literally “works of art” and oh, so delicious. As a preferred partner of The Huestudio + Company, you can easily see why we love and adore them! Yum! Yum!

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Image 1Owned by the multi-talented Maggie Rife Ponce, and selected for the second year in a row as one of Our 2014 Favorites, Rife Ponce Photography captures simple human exchanges and emotions of everyday life in sensitive and magical settings, all while focusing on amazing light. As a storytelling wedding, portrait and travel photographer, not to mention a preferred partner of The Huestudio + Company, Rife Ponce Photography is exceptional in every way! View our 2014 Spring | Summer Magazine to view more of their amazing work and artistry.

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New to Our 2014 Favorites list is the nationally published illustrator, Rosemary Fanti, a preferred partner, who supported a magical 100-year Milestone Birthday event earlier this year for a special Client. Illustrating on-site, Ms. Fanti captured guests within minutes in vivid detail and colorful backgrounds. Her chic and fashionable, custom illustrations are always a guest highlight!

michaelcourier-huederby-3102-7x5 Special Olympics Illinois, featuring Balloons by Tommy + Swirlz Cupcakes

michaelcourier-huederby-2722-7x5For the third year in a row, The Huestudio + Company and The Sunshine Paddlers have proudly supported The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby for Special Olympics Illinois. As one of our 2014 Favorites, the fun and festive balloons by Balloons by Tommy and delicious custom cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes, both preferred partners, complemented our mega flashmob-style dance to Pharrell Williams’, “Happy!” to the delight of many along Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue.

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Whether you liked her, hated her, or loved her, the world lost a comedic legend with the passing on September 4, 2014 of Joan Alexandra Molinksy, known as Joan Rivers. Our final 2014 Favorite is the touching, humorous and poignant last request, shared below. We celebrate a life well loved; a life well lived.

“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, camera, action…”

“I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way.”

“I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.”

“I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’”

“I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag.”

“And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé’s.”

RosesTo properly close out 2014 [ and we’re not planning on going anywhere for a long time ], our final wishes and requests are shared below! May you and yours be blessed!

“Just like Joan, I want to look handsome, better dead that I do alive. I want to be laid out for just one hour in a crisp, white Charles Tyrwhitt shirt with a gorgeous, custom Mark Roscoe tie, a classic Ermenegildo Zegna Bespoke suit and colorful Happy socks [to keep my feet warm!], along with yellow Gucci shoes to keep “walking on sunshine”, just like Katrina and the Waves!”

“I want a Celebration of Life that is colorful, festive and uplifting at House Without A Key at Halekulani under the century-old Kiawe tree. I want attending guests to have gorgeous, fragrant leis from Cindy’s Lei Stand in Chinatown and to raise a beloved Mai Tai with crushed ice to a life well lived while dining on succulent coconut shrimp and Maui chips.”

“I want Stefan Holt to moderate any speakers who might wish to say a few kind words in his booming newscaster voice and for all three (3) of the Ponce men to sing “My Old Kentucky Home”, the official song of The Kentucky Derby and the official state song of my beloved birth state, in colorful Derby hats with red rose boutonnieres.”

“I want the talented Kanoe Miller to dance the hula to “I’ll Remember You” and “Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoole, and to end the Celebration by engaging all to dance in a circle, “The Hukilau”.

“I want a scrumptiously designed Circle of Colors sweet table from Sugar Chic Designs and a custom guest favor box from A Sweet Delivery curated with one (1) delicious Swirlz Cupcake, a small bag of Garrett Mix® popcorn, Chicago Butter Cookies twosies, angelic salted caramel marshmallows from Katherine Anne Confections, and Lemon Paradise™ toffee from Terry’s Toffee. I want it to be Chicago all the way!”

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”

– Erma Bombeck

#GivingTuesday

“We have it in our power to change the world over.”

– Thomas Paine

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The Huestudio + Company is proud to support #GivingTuesday!

But, what is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a day for giving thanks and to celebrate our blessings with generosity. #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Join us today [and every Tuesday!] and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of giving and generosity!

Throughout 2014, The Huestudio + Company has been honored to support our four (4) preferred charitable partners through special events, monetary donations, in-kind services, etc. We’ve also created unique and colorful gift offerings online through Gifts that Give, where 30% of all proceeds directly support and benefit these worthy and deserving organizations.

DiscoveryArts-logo-blueDiscovery Arts has been a preferred charitable partner of The Huestudio + Company’s for several years and we are honored to support their ongoing Courage Campaign with Louis T. Lion!

Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootDiscovery Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings the healing power of the arts to children with cancer, serious blood disorders and life threatening illness while they are in the hospital receiving treatment. The “Arts Adventures” of Discovery Arts bring a tremendous amount of joy to the children and their families. Click here to learn more about Discovery Arts and how you can contribute!

DSC_5703Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. Children and adults [and many of The Huestudio + Company’s Clients, friends and family] regularly volunteer their time to hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.

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DSC_5760A single meal costs only 22 cents to produce + 92 percent of total donations goes directly toward the food program. FMSC ships meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. FMSC has been a preferred charitable partner of The Huestudio + Company for the past two years. Click here to learn more about how you can become involved + make a secure online donation today!

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A new preferred charitable partner for 2014 is One Hundred Pounds of Hope!

Did you know that a 100 pound sack of rice can sustain a family of four for a month?

imageOne Hundred Pounds of Hope is a (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to provide the village of Battambang, an under served community in rural Cambodia, with educational resources and other forms of relief, temporary and long term. Their immediate need is to complete the building of a six (6) room schoolhouse, complete with running water and essential school supplies. This vision will offer Battambang hope for a sustainable future.

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Offered exclusively in limited editions of only one hundred (100) through Gifts that Give, these colorful Circle of Colors handmade boxes are signed, numbered and provide one (1) 100 pound sack of rice to One Hundred Pounds of Hope. Click here to learn more about One Hundred Pounds of Hope!

michaelcourier-huederby-2553-7x5For the past three (3) years, The Huestudio + Company has supported Special Olympics Illinois and The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby through our corporate team, The Sunshine Paddlers! 

Photography by Maggie Rife | www.maggierife.comSpecial Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 21,000 athletes, 40,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 18 Area programs in all 102 counties of the state.

Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes or their families to participate in the program.

IMG_2001Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Click here to learn more and to give back!

On this #GivingTuesday, please consider giving to our wonderful preferred charitable partners. We think they all are terrific and very special! Today, and every day, we applaud their collective efforts to make a difference in our world!

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

An Engine for Change

DSC_5666On August 19 and August 20, 2014, over 2500+ volunteers came together at Union Station in downtown Chicago to pack meals for the Be An Engine for Change MobilePack event for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).

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DSC_5672The Huestudio + Company was honored to have supported the event with 41 team volunteers on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

DSC_5678Attired in custom-designed t.shirts from Ink 4 Your Soul, a preferred partner, team volunteers were bright, visible and ready to pack life-giving meals to improve the lives of undernourished children around the world.

DSC_5760The approach was simple: Team volunteers hand-packed meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Specific meals packed at Union Station were shipped to Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone. FMSC supports nearly 70 countries around the world.

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DSC_5805Did you know that a single meal costs only 22 cents to produce? And, the best part…92 percent of total donations goes directly toward the food program.

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DSC_5973FMSC MobilePack events, such as the Be An Engine for Change at Union Station, allow people the chance to pack life-giving meals, instill compassion into their communities and improve the lives of undernourished children around the world. FMSC makes it easy and brings all raw ingredients, equipment and trained staff. Just volunteers are needed!

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DSC_6166Learn more about Feed My Starving Children and donate today!

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DSC_6190Feed My Starving Children is a Christian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a preferred partner of The Huestudio + Company. They provide life-saving meals to people who need them most all over the world – from countries affected by natural disaster to places enduring economic despair.

Shop Gifts that Give on The Huestudio + Company’s website to view unique products and gift offerings that directly give back to select charities and organizations, such as Feed My Starving Children with these adorable Circle of Colors lidded bowls from Circa Ceramics, a preferred partner.

Photography by Maggie Rife | www.maggierife.com

Photo Credits: Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event at Union Station | © 2014 photogabi.com for The Huestudio + CompanyPhoto Credit: Circle of Colors Lidded Bowl from Circa Ceramics | © 2014 Rife Ponce Photography for The Huestudio + Company.

Feed My Starving Children

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The Huestudio + Company is proud to support Feed My Starving Children, a preferred partner!

We volunteer time to hand-pack three (3) dried, fortified meal formulas to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) addressing the world’s main hunger needs, serve on their Speaker’s Bureau, and encourage clients and friends to be creative and innovative to give back by planning pre-wedding | pre-event packing events with wedding parties, hosting team-focused FMSC MobilePackTM events with corporations, and educational field trips + uplifting service programs with children’s organizations and schools.

african boyFounded in 1987, FMSC is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals for starving, malnourished and hungry people in nearly 70 countries. The prepackaged dry meals – costing less than a quarter each to make – are funded and assembled by volunteers in the United States. In-country partners use the food to prevent starvation and curb malnourishment in children and families worldwide.

Register for volunteer shifts online and learn more about this amazing organization that does so much good around our globe!  
 

“The generous will themselves be blessed, of they share their food with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9

Photography by Maggie Rife | www.maggierife.com
Visit Gifts that Give within The Huestudio + Company’s website.
 
30% of all proceeds <less costs> from the Circle of Colors Lidded Bowl will go directly to Feed My Starving Children.
 
 
Photo Credits: Boy in between Capri Blue doors | © 2014, Feed My Starving Children; Circle of Colors Lidded Bowl from Circa Ceramics | © 2014, Rife Ponce Photography for The Huestudio + Company.