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The Philanthropic Endeavors of Perry Mandera.

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Those of us who have been in the Chicago philanthropy scene for a while are familiar with the household names that come up during conversations and discussions. There are those that have been appearing for a while like Polk, Crown, and Pritzker, and then there is Perry Mandera, a trucking entrepreneur who is now more involved in charity work like the rest of them.

 

Perry Mandera was born and raised in Chicago and started his transportation venture at a tender age of 23 when he began Customs Company. It is an enterprise that caters for warehousing, transportation, and distribution. Customs as a company has grown exponentially to become one of the most respected cargo companies in the United States handling over 350 power units and using 33 significant distribution market centers.

 

Perry Mandera’s achievements in the transportation business have enabled him to become more active in philanthropy. He is not only involved in supporting the Chicago community but also other cities around the U.S. Perry is among those who donate to charity organizations like Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation and after hurricane Katrina, he gave truckloads of supplies and food to the families affected. He runs his own nonprofit, Custom Cares Charities, which primarily helps disadvantaged kids.

 

Custom Cares Charities has in recent years funded more than 100 youth sports teams from different communities in Chicago, Illinois. It has also gone a step further to offer educational sponsorships to underprivileged children and young adults. Having had a time in the Marine, Perry Mandera also directs some of his philanthropy works towards veteran’s courses.

 

Perry Mandera believes that the children are the leaders of tomorrow and he does a lot for them. He supports and funds the Jesse White Tumblers, an organization that offers kids with education tutoring and also ensures they stay active. Perry was also on the board of the Walter and Connie Foundation, an initiative that offers holiday packages for needy youths. His commitment to children has led him to coach basketball, baseball, and football clubs for kids. He runs the Glenview Grind, a small café that raises and donates funds to other nonprofits including Operation Support our Troops and the American Red Cross.

A Good Fighter

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Matt Labash takes us deeper into the life of human rights fighter, and heroic founder of the Human Rights Foundation. Thor Halvorssen is know for exposing the government and its corruption while involved on an undercover operation. He has been arrested and brutally beaten, because of his beliefs and fight for true equality and human rights. Both the inspiration and motivation behind Halvorssen’s organization are based on personal expenditures. After exposing the government for its corruption, his father was tortured in a Venezuelan prison. His mother was later shot as she participated in a protest alongside anti- Hugo Chavez demonstrators. Though heartbroken, he refused to allow these personal attacks and acts of corruption to be a deterrent.

Thor Halvorssen Mendoza was born March 9, 1976 in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a true advocate and fighter for democracy and human rights. He is currently the president of the Human Rights Foundation, an organization he formed in 2005. In 2009, Halvorssen began the Oslo Freedom Forum, a series of global conferences, with a slogan and motto was “Challenging Power”. Although it was intended to be a one time meeting, the Oslo Freedom Forum has taken place every year since its launch.

While Halvorssen spends a large amount of his time fighting and advocating for human rights, he is also well known and widely respected for his contributions to the entertainment industry. Currently, he is producing a film adaptation of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”, a science fiction novel written by Robert A. Heinlein. He has also produced movies and documentaries about the soviet occupation, and films to spread awareness about human trafficking. It should be clear that his true objective is to not only fight for liberty and democracy, but to raise awareness to those who may not see the issue. If everyone can come together and agree on one thing, that there needs to be a change, then that change can come.

Source: http://www.weeklystandard.com/troublemaker-for-tyrants/article/899824