Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fundraiser for Niles Township Food Pantry November 11

This in from Elaine Monterola and Friends of the Niles Township Food Pantry...

I'd like to invite you to a fundraising benefit supporting the Niles Township Food Pantry Foundation.

Friday, November 11, 6 - 9 p.m.
Hackney's on Lake
1514 E. Lake Ave

There will be passed hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks, as well as a silent auction.
Auction items include Chicago Wolves tickets, spa visits, wine, Museum of Science and Industry passes, yoga, jewelry and more.

There is a $10 suggested donation at the door, enough to provide meals for an individual for approximately one week.

The food pantry is facing the highest demands in the 5 years.

To RSVP or ask questions, such as where to send a check if you can't make it to party, contact Christine Render at or 847-924-3634.

All donations are tax deductible. 
Checks may be written to "Niles Township Food Pantry Foundation."

Monetary donations raised at this event will go a long way. 100% of your contribution will support the purchase of food and food packaging supplies.

The Niles Township Food Pantry Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization helping feed 3,500 men, women and children per month in the villages of Skokie, Lincolnwood, Golf and sections of Morton Grove, Niles and Glenview. During these difficult times, providing food to our struggling neighbors helps tide them over and allows them to pay other bills, like rent, utilities and medication. One of the 650 Greater Chicago Food Depository members, the Niles Township Food Pantry Foundation relies on other organizations and donations to meet the needs of the township. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Having a good portrait of yourself makes good business sense

~ First posted June 25, 2011, updated October 3, 2011.

Having a good, up-to-date portrait of yourself is important no matter what profession you are in or ambitions you have.

First, you never know when the media might come a-calling wanting to feature you in an article. You’re doing yourself a favor, and the media outlet, by having a photo on hand. Because deadlines and budgets are tight, editors and producers don’t always have the resources for getting an image made for their stories quickly. Then if by chance they are able to assign a photographer to make a picture of you, there’s no guarantee you’ll like the image.

Second, as you probably already know, to help maintain your professional reputation, having a strong, smart online presence is crucial. If you are using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites, you’re expected to include a picture of yourself. If you're ever asked to speak at a conference, someone will ask you for a picture for their website and materials.

You’ll want to use an image that communicates the qualities you want the public to know about you. Depending on the nature of your work, you might want to have more than one portrait so that each can be in sync with a different aspect of who you are and what you do. How to keep your identities from sending conflicting messages is a conversation for another time.

And third, as the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but who's got time to read a thousand words? Reading a picture is faster. Portraits communicate in seconds qualities of a person words can't. They transcend language. Images are more show and less tell, which is what effective communication is about.

Hmm. Yes. While this is all true, what about cost? Getting a portrait made that works can be pricey. If you're needing one and cost is a concern, consider coming to my next BizPics shoot Sunday, November 20.  The shoot will include a variety of images being made, the services of a stylist and a bit of fun. Providing good portraits at a good price is just one way that Kring Lerner Group is working with individuals, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized business and non-profits to be successful. We're currently in touch with some social service agencies who assist job-seekers to see if we can devise a plan for offering their clients' headshots at an even lower rate. Stay tuned for more on that.

Above, from left to right: Holly Rotman-Zaid (upper left) Catherine Johns, David Lindgren and Sally Chapralis (lower right) participated in the April and June shoots.