Posted on December 2nd, 2008 by Maurice Snell
I welcome you all to this FUN holiday season. I hope every one of you has already finished your Christmas shopping! If not, you have 23 days left until Christmas to buy presents for your loved ones!
I’m writing to you about the great changes Easter Seals made prior to the holiday season. First of all, Easter Seals Headquarters just moved their offices to the 24th floor of the Sears Tower. When I first walked into the new office, all I saw was great atmosphere. It was amazing! Easter Seals has found themselves at home in the tallest building in the United States.
To celebrate, on the afternoon of December 1, Easter Seals and other tenants of the Sears Tower joined in the lobby for the annual lighting of the holiday tree. Many contributors stopped by and celebrated, including the Chicago Fire soccer team’s Brian McBride and Jarrett Payton, son of the late great Chicago Bear Walter Payton.
The afternoon started with some orchestral music, setting the atmosphere right. There were words of inspiration delivered by our own Jeanne Sowa and yours truly. After that, the crowd gathered to watch me — along with Brian McBride and his family — turn on the switch to light the tree. It was a memorable experience to take center stage and make history.
As I mentioned at the end of my speech, the holidays are the time of giving back; especially give back to those families affected by different disabilities. As a former client and current employee of Easter Seals, my mission is to continue giving back — I give to others what Easter Seals has given me. That’s the spirit of the holiday season!