Third Place Commons celebrates the generosity of neighbors

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ron Sher, Anne Stadler, Norman Lieberman
Photo by Aaron Stadler

On Thursday, March 7th, a community of neighbors gathered at Third Place Commons for their annual fundraising breakfast and raised over $30,000 to support the Commons, more than 900 free events each year, and the LFP Farmers Market.

The morning began with wonderful music from the Milner Family Fiddles, a delicious breakfast courtesy of Honey Bear Bakery, and a fast-paced auction that got everyone going as their Victrola coffee kicked in.

Mónica Guzmán
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

During her talk, featured speaker Mónica Guzmán implored each of us to be what David Brooks called a “weaver” rather than a “ripper.” In a world that is often divided by conflicting perspectives and dug-in positions, weavers are those who seek to reinforce relationships, and through them cultivate a generous spirit with each other.

As Mónica observed, even when no other relationship exists, “if nothing else, we are neighbors.”

Following Mónica’s talk, emcee and Board Vice-Chair Casey Smirniotopoulos invited guests to make a gift of support, noting that “the warmth and welcome of this gathering space reflect the intention and vision of our founders and the ongoing commitment of a dedicated board of directors…

“And all of it reflects the countless staff hours of work to bring [hundreds of] events to life while fostering that spirit of camaraderie and connection.”

Audience gave Anne an enthusiastic standing ovation
Photo by Stephen Rattner

For the grand finale, Norman Lieberman, Chair of the Commons Board of Directors and Breakfast Committee, presented this year’s Friends of the Community Award to one of the organization’s founders, Anne Stadler.

When Anne accepted the award, she generously shared it with everyone in the room, acknowledging something essential – that the success of our shared Commons community depends on the engagement and contributions of each and every participant in the community.

In the end, the day was a terrific success and the board sends a big THANK YOU to everyone who joined in the fun and made gifts of support to this vital community nonprofit. 

But if you missed the event, you can still show your support by making a gift at

See you at the Commons!

--Amy Whittenburg


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