Editor Note: The Gift to Give
Three years ago in the pages of our November issue, we began a tradition of celebrating those who give of their time with no expectation of receiving anything in return. We asked for your nominations of the people you feel are the most deserving of recognition, those who quietly go about their way changing lives and making a difference. And every year we end up with a most amazing group of people.
So what inspires those who inspire us? Some of our honorees cite family—be it carrying on the tradition of philanthropic parents or wanting to bring more to their own children’s lives. Others just knew deep down that their calling was to help others. And one was so grateful to be alive after suffering a stroke that he simply “wanted to give more.” However, the one thing they all have in common is that they’re not in it for the accolades. When we called to let them know they had been chosen, their surprise and sincere modesty were incredibly touching.
On November 4 GREENWICH Magazine and Moffly Media will celebrate our 2010 Light a Fire honorees at the Westport Country Playhouse with a cocktail party and awards ceremony hosted by actor James Naughton. Mr. Naughton has been a vocal champion of Wildlife in Crisis, the organization founded by this year’s Best Friend to Animals, Dara Reid, and we are thrilled to have him. Please visit mofflymedia.com/lightafire for information.
In describing the qualities and character of volunteers, one of my favorite columnists, the venerable Erma Bombeck, put it best when she wrote: “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.”
We couldn’t agree more. And so, as we enter this season of giving, we offer a most heartfelt thank you to everyone who makes the effort to keep the fire of philanthropy burning brightly.