Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Vossberg Gainor

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Vossberg Gainor

Merry Christmas and Cheers to a Happy & Healthy 2020! We are very thankful for an exciting 2019 with the launch of Vossberg Gainor. I have been very fortunate to have many incredible friends, family and new clients since launching the company in October of this year. 

Look forward to what’s to come in 2020! Wishing everyone the best in the New Year. 

Love, Laura, Brian, Clara & Garrett Gainor

Park Ridge Neighbors Magazine Feature

Park Ridge Neighbors Magazine Feature

It was an honor to be featured in the December issue of “Park Ridge Neighbors”, a local publication where we live in Park Ridge. Thank you to Anne Scallon of Best Version Media for asking to be a part of the magazine. And to the talented Heidi Clifton of Cecily George Photography for taking the photos.

Even though the cover makes it look like we’re the perfect family, this article was exciting to write with them knowing how much we’ve moved around to get where we are in Park Ridge, worried about where we should move to, different jobs we’ve had, so many great friends in multiple states, the kids loving elementary school, Brian celebrating 4 years at 4Front and now the proud honor to have Vossberg Gainor. The last two months starting up the business I’ve been very fortunate with clients right from the start, a supportive fam and friends, and many brainstorm sessions of how to keep evolving the company and launch new ideas. We are feeling very happy having Park Ridge as our home mostly because of the community that comes with it. And enjoying the challenges along the way. Most of them 😂 Happy Holidays! Enjoy the full article below.

The Gainor Family: Quickly Making Park Ridge A Home 

By Laura Gainor • Edited by Marilyn Metz

Park Ridge is one of those communities that quickly becomes a home. The Gainor family has lived here for four years, but because of the close-knit community it feels as though it has been a lifetime. 

Laura and Brian Gainor met in Charlotte, North Carolina (the city their dog is named after) a couple of years after college. Brian attended undergrad at the University of Florida and studied sports administration during grad school at Ohio University. Laura studied fine arts photography and journalism-advertising at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. From there, she decided to pick up and move to Charlotte on a whim. Laura met Brian a couple of years later, got engaged after 11 months and married in 2009.

Shortly after getting married, the couple moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where their children Clara (8) and Garrett (6) were born. 

Both Brian and Laura’s careers have involved working in advertising and marketing. At one point, both of them led marketing teams at the same agency in Milwaukee! For years they were traveling and engaging with fans from the brands they worked for at events like NASCAR races, cocktail challenges, NBA basketball games, and more.

It was Brian’s job that led them to the Chicagoland area as the VP of Innovation at 4Front, a sports marketing agency. At the time, Laura was running Milwaukee’s advertising club and shortly after moving to Park Ridge took on the Executive Director role for a nonprofit advertising agency. Laura spent her time traveling to Milwaukee from Park Ridge for more than three years while also becoming very involved with the PTA at Franklin Elementary, where she now serves as the PTA Co-President. 

As the Gainors have fallen in love with Park Ridge, Laura recently launched Vossberg Gainor, a company specializing in helping brands and businesses with marketing and social media strategies, special events, photography, and more. Through Vossberg Gainor, Laura is excited to have an opportunity to get to know and help more Park Ridge businesses and community leaders. 

The whole Gainor family loves to stay active with Park Ridge activities! Clara is in 2nd grade and enjoys dance at Lynette’s School of Dance, frequently takes art classes through the Brickton Art Center, played softball in the spring with Laura coaching the team, is a rookie at School of Rock and just finished her first season of Spirit Cheer. Garrett is in 1st grade and rarely sits still while participating in soccer, flag football, basketball and baseball. You can usually find him playing floor hockey in the basement with Dad many nights. Clara and Garrett are very fortunate to have made incredible friends at Franklin Elementary to enjoy all of these activities.  

When the weather is nice, the Gainor family makes themselves some to-go lunches and head straight for Busse Lake with their kayaks in hand. They spend their summer days floating around while taking in the great nature scenery.

Friendships and community mean so much to the family and their Park Ridge neighborhood even created a name for themselves –  Bentonside (Burton + Fenton + Parkside streets). Bentonsiders organize weekend activities, play bunco, ride bikes outside, and host holiday get-togethers. Coming soon is an Official Mom Fest group that Laura is starting, after organizing the first annual event last year for more than 20 moms! “Organizing events and bringing a community of people together is my biggest passion! Having the opportunity to do this through my company, with friends and volunteering with the Franklin PTA and other organizations is very rewarding,” said Laura.

The Gainor family is very passionate about giving back. Since all of their family relatives are all in different cities and not able to be together for Christmas day, they have turned it into a Christmas tradition for the four of them to visit Summit of Uptown Senior Living Center to deliver holiday treats while the residents are eating their meal. It’s heartwarming to see the kids enjoy giving to others and especially sweet to see the joy on the people’s faces. 

The family looks forward to spending another holiday in Park Ridge! You can usually find the whole family at their favorite restaurant, Holt’s, or Laura working remotely at Beer on the Wall, and now Off the Wall, if you’re interested in meeting up to chat. “Thank you from all of the Gainors for the welcoming community we have in Park Ridge and how supportive each family is for one another. Many more great times ahead. Happy New Year!”  -The Gainor Family.

 

#GivingTuesday for Have Dreams

#GivingTuesday for Have Dreams

Thank you to the families that had some fun with the annual Vossberg Gainor holiday mini sessions to give back to a local nonprofit. This #GivingTuesday, it’s an honor to be able to donate to Have Dreams, a local nonprofit that helps children, teens and adults impacted by autism. 

It was an honor to capture these families and look forward to helping another nonprofit next year! 

Enjoy some of these family portraits captured in Park Ridge, IL. 

Principal puckers up to a pig

Principal puckers up to a pig

Vossberg Gainor assisted the Franklin PTA with media outreach to celebrate the accomplishments of the students as they raised more than $36,000 in fundraising through their events with the Kindness Walk, while giving back to others.  The students and principal Dr. DeLaMar were featured on ABC 7 Chicago and in the Chicago Tribune. 

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Franklin students reach kindness goal and principal fulfills her promise 

PARK RIDGE, IL, November 1, 2019 – When challenged with a goal in their “Secret Agents of Kindness” fundraiser, Franklin Elementary students went hog wild. And because they met their goal, Principal Marybeth Whitney-DeLaMar followed through on her promise to kiss a pig on Friday afternoon. 

“I’m sure the kids liked it much better than I did. But it was totally worth it. The program was a great success and the students learned some lessons in kindness.” said DeLaMar, after kissing Pip the pig. 

The event was the culmination of the annual Franklin PTA fundraiser. Designed to teach students the importance of kindness and gratitude while raising funds that benefit their school, it kicked off with an assembly on September 23 and included a Dance-A-Thon on October 11.

“Having the opportunity to see our children get excited about giving back and helping others is so heartwarming to see as a parent.” said Laura Gainor, Franklin PTA President. “We’re grateful our volunteers have organized this type of fundraiser.”

During the program, students collected pledges and completed 1,544 acts of kindness, contributed 555 sack lunches for Uncle Pete’s and donated 1,440 books to Bernie’s Book Bank. In total, they raised $36,006 for the PTA. 

So, what’s it like to kiss a pig? 

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’d do it again for this kind of response,” the Principal said. “We’re very grateful Animal Quest brought Pip the pig to our school today so the kids could enjoy this experience.”

Annual Holiday Mini Sessions Benefiting Have Dreams

Annual Holiday Mini Sessions Benefiting Have Dreams

Announcing our annual holiday mini sessions for families in the Park Ridge area! Each year Vossberg Gainor will be hosting holiday mini photography sessions with a different benefiting charity each year. Current dates are available in the Park Ridge area for October 26th, November 9th & 16th. The sessions are 30 minutes long and includes 10 digital images and print release. Contact laura@VossbergGainor.com or 704-941-4191 to book a session time.  

This year $25 of each session will benefit Have Dreams. Have Dreams is a Chicago-area nonprofit serving children, teens and adults impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They offer after-school, workplace training and adult day programs, along with diagnostic and family support services. Serving ages 16 months to adulthood, they offer a broad range of programs to serve the full range of the autism spectrum. 

It is an honor to be serving on the task force committee for Have Dreams and I invite everyone to check out their programs on their website: HaveDreams.org

Thank you for supporting Have Dreams and look forward to the photoshoots!  

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Announcing the Launch of Vossberg Gainor

Announcing the Launch of Vossberg Gainor

Today is a bittersweet as I officially announce the launch of VossbergGainor.com! 

After having the opportunity to lead Serve Marketing for the last 3 years and be a part of helping so many non-profit organizations, and during that time traveling between Chicago and Milwaukee, it is with great excitement that my own marketing consulting agency is born. 

With the company name including my family name that I had so much pride having and working my way through art school, early career in advertising agency jobs and then meeting my other half who also has a passion for marketing and helping others, Brian Gainor. 

@VossbergGainor will allow me to continue to help brands and individuals with their marketing, serve on local boards to help non-profits, and be close to the mini executives of Vossberg Gainor: Clara & Garrett!

Coincidentally a picture popped up of them from 3 years ago at my Serve desk. So many incredible memories getting them involved and teaching them how to give back. I look forward to utilizing Vossberg Gainor to continue to teach them the importance of helping others and that it’s possible to enjoy all of it while working hard and still having the time to focus on the important things in life: family. 

Here’s to thanking so many that have helped me get to this point and excited for what’s to come! Thank you to Gary Mueller and Lauren Sutter for all the Serve memories. A volunteer for life!

Cheers!

Laura Gainor