Fighting Poverty: Where do you start?

Have you ever thought that the idea of Poverty is just to big to think about, much less get involved with?  Me too.

After the earthquake in Haiti, I traveled there as a friend of a local organization in Evanston, Illinois called the Haitian Congress to bring 4 containers of supplies to people who needed assistance.  I saw things that I had never seen before and then was confused about what to do afterwards…

In this video blog posting we discuss briefly the Haiti trip, then my introduction to the RESULTS organization where I traveled to Bangladesh to meet with RESULTS partner BRAC where I saw with my own eyes solutions to extreme poverty.  There are solutions…

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Remembering Brian Hughes – Innocence, Prison, Mental Illness, AIDS and Family

My parents Pat and Brigid Hughes sat down with me to discuss what it was like to raise a child with mental illness.  It has been 5 years since my brother Brian died and today (April 24th) would have been his 43rd birthday.  I felt compelled to share his story with you.

I think about my brother all the time.  He is with me everyday in my business life and my personal life.  I am forever grateful to my parents for making Brian part of our lives, and for their extraordinary generosity in sharing his story with people we have yet to meet.

Please watch this video to meet my brother Brian and our parents.

After I shot 40 minutes of video interviews with my parents, I struggled to tell this story.  I approached my cousin Terry Maday who is in the film business and asked for his help in telling a story that brings clarity to my brother’s life.   Terry and Oscar Ayala both did an amazing job and I will be forever grateful for their support.