I’ve been fortunate in my life to have not one but several mentors. All have provided equal measures of inspiration and stability. Most importantly, they’ve been objective voices to help light and steer the way throughout my life.
One such mentor came to me at a career stop when I was 32. He asked me two crucial questions—which I now use when roles are reversed and I have the chance to mentor others.
The first question: What do you want?
The second: What do you choose to give back to the community where you live, work and play?
I soon learned that, by answering the first question, I’d be far better prepared to find personal happiness in my life and work. What I didn’t know then—but I do know now—was how much having that answer would help me define my involvement in the community over the years.
My mentors’ coaching has been invaluable. And, as much as possible, I try to share the understanding that life isn’t complete until you’re prepared to help others.
As Main Line Today enters its 20th year in business, I can honestly say that we actively and purposefully work hard to give back to the community where we live, work and play. Be it financial donations, editorial content, ad space, social media portals, sponsorships, or plain just showing up in person, our track record of support is one our team can be proud of.
That said, Main Line Today had no interest in celebrating its 20th anniversary by talking about Main Line Today. Rather, we felt our first issue of this milestone year should reflect the community we serve. So we reached out and asked our devoted readers to nominate local individuals who best embody the selfless ideals of giving back.
Our team of editors winnowed more than 150 nominations down to our inaugural list of MLT Cares honorees. Be it the national philanthropic scope of Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton, the indelible cultural and environmental mark left by George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, or Lori and Jerry O’Leary’s more low-key transformative efforts to help those on the autistic spectrum, this is a list we can all applaud.
We hope you will join us in recognizing these individuals at a dinner being held in their honor on April 8 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern. (What better way to celebrate than with one of our original advertisers?) Seating is limited for this special occasion, so act quickly. For additional information and tickets to MLT Cares 2016, click here.
On behalf of everyone on the Main Line Today team, thanks for welcoming us into your home for the past 20 years.