Happy New Year!!  It is indeed a new year filled with endings and beginnings and I wish you all the best of new beginnings and opportunities.

As we further embark on our journey, post one-year anniversary, my company

is celebrating 10 years.  Gosh, time flies!  We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a special Sip & Give networking benefit.

Join us!

Tuesday, January 25

6:00-8:00 p.m.

at Grami Chicago

160 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

a Networking Benefit for


It’s national diaper drive month.  Diapers are the one thing that those in need cannot get at a pantry or shelter.  Bundle of Joy helps provide these organizations with much needed diapers for children.

Your choice:

  • $20 at the door includes donation, appetizers and beverages
  • or$10 at the door, along with a $10 valued diaper donation, appetizers and beverages

As always, there will be a raffle, so contact us sipandgive@hotmail.com to donate and promote your business.

Special thanks to Kristen Cerwin and St. Germain for providing some special drinks and Danielle Papakanelou, Owner of FrenchyCake, for providing a sweet something for everyone!

Please RSVP to SipandGive@hotmail.com

See you there!!!!


As I sit and reflect on the last year, or so, from creation of Sip & Give to our one-year anniversary, I am grateful for the opportunity to bring people together in the spirit of community and business.  And, I hope you will all spread the word.  It benefits us all.

At a time when many nonprofits are suffering a decrease in government funding and a lack in funding in general, you have all come together to network, learn and support.  Each day I have the unique opportunity to introduce all of you to the truly special nonprofits in our community doing great work for our neighbors.  In turn, not only did some of you give back really BIG, but many of you have become volunteers with these organizations.

As many of you know, Sip & Give is something that fills my heart.  It is 100% volunteer for me and I rely on many people to help where they can.  While I begin to plan for the New Year and take account of those who would like Sip & Give in their own community, I know that I will rely on volunteers to assist in the group’s growth here in Chicago, and beyond.  Thanks to you all, and if you’d like to become more involved, please contact me.

Some incredible stories have come from Sip & Give and I’m looking forward to more connections and opportunities being built between individuals.  Got a story to share?  I want to hear from you!

In the meantime, in the spirit of giving this season, I hope that you will consider making your year-end donation to one of the groups we’ve worked with over the last year.  You can find informational links on how to donate on our “Cool Links” page.

Don’t forget to join us Tuesday, January 25, 2011 for the next Sip & Give Networking Benefit, a diaper drive with Bundle of Joy Diaper Bank and our friend Jud of Bin Donated -details to come.

I wish you all the happiest of holidays and success in the year to come, and leave you with this thought:

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

Be well,

It’s the last Sip & Give of 2010, so mark your calendars and do something great to kick off your holiday season.  Yes, there has been some confusion about Harry Caray’s in Wrigley, but it’s all sorted and we’ll see you there, uhm, I mean at Benchwarmers!


Sip & Give Networking Benefit

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

a Food Drive for

Lakeview Pantry


6:00-8:00 p.m.


Benchwarmers/Harry Caray’s Wrigley
3551 N. Sheffield, Ave., 60657

Yummy appetizers, call drinks, domestic beers, house wine and soda
Networking and raffle

Your Choice: $20 at the door (includes $10 don ation)
or $10 at the door and $10 of nonperishable food items

Contact us to donate to the raffle (great way to promote your business) and to RSVP!


Follow us!

Don’t forget: many of our nonprofit partners are looking for volunteers and committee and board members.  Contact them to find out more!

Sip & Give Shout Outs!

Thanks to everyone who attended the October Sip & Give at Bull & Bear for Variety of Illinois, a children’s charity.  It was the first time that Red Eye/Metromix selected the event as one of the “Picks” for the day, and it brought a lot of new faces to Sip & Give.

A BIG Sip & Give shout out to Danielle Papakanelou owner of FrenchyCake, who was going to bring a special treat for everyone, but an accident (probably a black cat crossing under foot) kept her from bringing it.  No worries, we’ve invited her back to allow everyone a chance to taste her sweet goodies!

Special thanks to Hollywood Cinemas for their last minute donation – bottle of Dan Akroyd wine, tickets to the theater and a “skip the line pass” to meet Dan Akroyd and get the bottle signed.  We sold raffle tickets to raise more money for Variety of Illinois.  The lucky winner was Susan Soble of Family Line Studios (Capture Life Stories for Future Generations).  Can’t wait to see pictures, Susan!

In the meantime, I have to remember to take pictures to post here.  If you’d like to help ensure this happens, I’m looking for someone who is able to attend the events and help with sign in.  Email me: sipandgive@hotmail.com.

I don’t want to forget the folks at Hotel.com for visiting us in September.  If you weren’t there, you missed Cooper’s fabulous patio and amazing pizza, and a special something from Hotel.com.  Just another reason you don’t want to miss a Sip & Give.  You never know who will be there, what will happen or who you will meet!


Be well,

Special thanks to Hotels.com for joining us at the last Sip & Give.  Everyone received special discount cards along with $10 worth of Chicago Shares vouchers to hand out to those in need.  I gave mine to two gentlemen who are often in my alley.  Their smiles said it all.  I hope you have the chance to put a smile on someone’s face.

If you’ve missed a Sip & Give, you can still donate by clicking our “Cool Links” page.


Join us for Sip & Give’s October 26th
Networking Benefit

from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


The mission of Variety Children’s Charities is to provide funding and services for programs that strive to alleviate suffering and improve the quality of life for children who are mentally and physically challenged, abused, sick, homeless or underprivileged.


Bull & Bear

431 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5973
Valet available
CTA accessible

$20 at the door includes:

  • Networking with like-minded people
  • Appetizers
  • Beverages
  • Raffle


Special thanks to our donors:

  • Frequent Assistant  – 5 hours of online admin support ($150)
  • The Office Grapevine – 2 hours QuickBooks training ($150)


RSVP Sincerely Requested

To donate or RSVP:

Sip & Give Networking Benefit for

Chicago Shares

Chicago Shares is a voucher program providing an opportunity for the community to aid homeless people in a constructive way: Buy vouchers (each worth $1), give them to those in need, then they redeem them for food at participating vendors (i.e. Max’s Hot Dogs, Subway at 535 N. Michigan).  Each Chicago Shares voucher is worth $1 and are sold in packs of five. They may be purchased at various selling points, including online. You can also buy vouchers at participating churches, stores, by mail and on our web site.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

6:00-8:00 p.m.

1232 W. Belmont Ave

Free parking lot in back
Street parking possible
Cabs plentiful
Few blocks west of CTA Red, Brown, Purple
77 Belmont Bus

$20 at the door includes:

  • $10 in Chicago Shares vouchers to giveaway
  • Appetizers and beer
  • Networking with like-minded people

Raffle items include:

  • Frontier Soups gift basket valued at $50
  • In-home wine tasting – Tina Casale, Wines for Humanity

RSVP or to donate to raffle contact Jennifer at sipandgive@hotmail.com

It’s hot, really hot outside and if the summer continues this way, you’ll want to join us for our next Sip & Give Networking Benefit – networking with a cause.  So, come out to network, grow your business contacts and support an amazing organization making a difference in the lives of at-risk girls in Chicago.

Tuesday, August 31

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Sip & Give Networking Benefit


Girls on The Run

Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.  Donations help to pay race entry fees, support programs in local schools, and more.


3210 N. Lincoln Ave.

Public parking lot on Melrose
Street parking available
Cabs plentiful
Red Line to Belmont, 77 Belmont Bus West

$20 at the door includes:

  • Networking with like-minded professionals
  • $10 donation to GOTR
  • Light appetizers
  • domestic beers and well drinks
  • Raffle prizes

    Thanks to our donors:

  • Running Basket (Nike bag, shirt, socks, gift certif. and more) – Universal Sole
  • 5K Goodie Bag – Girls on the Run
  • $100 Massage Gift Certif – Core Chiropractic & Andy Frye

RSVP or donate to the raffle by emailing