A Decade of Ducks!

michaelcourier-thehuestudio-duck-derby-2015-8856For the fifth year in a row, The Huestudio + Company and The Sunshine Paddlers team has been honored to support Special Olympics Illinois and The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby! 2015 marks their ten-year milestone, “A Decade of Ducks!”

This signature, annual fundraiser of Special Olympics Illinois directly benefits the nearly 22,000 athletes and over 21,000 Young Athletes across Illinois. The Huestudio + Company was proud to be a 2015 Event Sponsor! 

View all 2015 photographs in the Gallery below. Photo Credits: © Michael Courier Photography, 2015.

On August 6, 2015, The Sunshine Paddlers team met and staged at Bike Chicago in Millennium Park. Following a team briefing, bright and colorful event balloons, lovingly crafted by Balloons by Tommy, were handed out to team members to herald our 2015 Spectacular Sunshine Parade!

michaelcourier-thehuestudio-duck-derby-2015-8599Our custom team parade sign featured an actual wooden paddle and all team members came brightly dressed in Sunshine Yellow and Paddler Blue, custom “Be Happy!” t.shirts from Ink 4 Your Soul, and Derby-style hats and chapeaus! After all, it’s not a true Derby without colorful Derby hats!

michaelcourier-thehuestudio-duck-derby-2015-8494Led by our 2015 Sunshine Ambassador, Ron Antonacci, The Sunshine Paddlers team paraded together from Columbus Drive to Wacker Drive and along the Chicago River, then crossed the Michigan Avenue Bridge where many spectators  warmly greeted us to Pioneer Plaza, directly across from the iconic Wrigley Building. Michael Courier, a preferred event photographer, captured all the fun and festivities.

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At 12 noon promptly, The Sunshine Paddlers team turned up the music and a flashmob-style dance occurred to “Walking on Sunshine”, all to the delight and joy of spectators. Custom, branded yellow and white beach balls were given to the gathering crowds.
 
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Following the dance, team photographs were taken and a private luncheon, “Dine with the Ducks!” was held at Cyrano’s Cafe & Wine Bar, located on the south bank of the Chicago River. This was a perfect riverfront location and view to witness “Splashdown” and to dine on Chef Didier Durand’s custom and elegant menu offerings.
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“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
– Louisa May Alcott

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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.

#Be Courageous

Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootThe Huestudio + Company is proud to support Discovery Arts, a preferred partner on their #Be Courageous Campaign with the adorable Louis T. Lion plush from Woof & Poof, a preferred partner.

Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootAs the “Lionison of Courage & Ambassador of Heart”, Louis T. Lion brings smiles, hope, joy and courage to hospitalized children and their families as they battle life threatening illnesses.

How can you help?

Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootPurchase a Louis T. Lion today through our online store, Gifts that Give. One (1) will be sent directly to you + another one (1) will be donated to a child who is in one of the hospitals Discovery Arts serves.

14016B_Tshirt_Courage_v4-FrontThe Huestudio + Company has also partnered with Ink 4 Your Soul to offer high quality, custom t.shirts for our select charitable partners.

Featuring The Huestudio + Company’s custom-branded designs, surrounded by vivid circles of colors and an inspirational quote, each colorful shirt is certain to inspire, plus generously gives back to deserving organizations.

14016B_Tshirt_Courage_v4-Volunteer-FrontOrder your own “Be Courageous” t.shirt today! 50% of the proceeds directly support and benefit Discovery Arts!

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Photo Credits: Louis T. Lion | © Gabi Bucataru for PhotoGabi, 2014; Custom T.shirt Artwork | © Concentric Designs for The Huestudio + Company, 2014.

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.