WCL: Chicagoan You Should Know -- Nancy Reinsdorf

Nancy Reinsdorf is part of the sports family that is synonymous with Chicago. Her husband is the President and COO of the Chicago Bulls and her father-in-law is Jerry Reinsdorf. And Nancy is the President of the Chicago Bulls Charities.

She also shares her love of cooking ? and gives us her recipe for the family's daily morning smoothie!

1 cup frozen mango
1 frozen banana
1 organic apple
1 salad bag of organic spinach
2 cups water (preferably purified glass bottled water)

Combine all in a high speed blender and enjoy a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables to start your morning!

Nancy visits WCL to talk about the charity works her organization does, and we meet a member of Gilda's Club, Michael Daddio ? who has been the recipient of the Embrace-A-Bull arm of the organization -- and we have a surprise for him!

Find out more about the Chicago Bulls Charities at their website: www.nba.com/bulls/community/chicagobullscharities.html Chicago Bulls Charities

An Introduction to Chicago Bulls Charities
As an organization, the Bulls have established a history of community service by contributing time, materials, resources and financial donations to organizations that share our commitment to youth education, health and wellness, and violence prevention. In 1987, the Bulls founded a non-profit organization to help our community, especially where children are concerned. The charity, which was long known as CharitaBulls, was formed with the mission to enhance the lives of Chicago's youth by actively supporting educational, recreational and social programs.

In early 2012, the Chicago Bulls introduced a new name and refined focus for our charitable giving activity. The team charity, now operating under the name Chicago Bulls Charities, works closely with the team's Community Relations Department and the entire basketball family to address community concerns and find ways for the Bulls to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Under the leadership of Chicago Bulls Charities President Nancy Reinsdorf and Vice President Leslie Forman, Chicago Bulls Charities is the financial arm of our community efforts. Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations throughout Chicagoland that are aligned with our three focus areas.

Chicago Bulls Charities has supported worthy organizations throughout Chicagoland including: Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, City Year Chicago, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Bright Pink, and Gilda's Club Chicago.

Throughout the year we execute a variety of in-game and fundraising events that support Chicago Bulls Charities. An Evening with the Chicago Bulls (EWCB) is our signature fundraising event featuring our roster of players, coaches, legends, management and broadcasters in attendance to dine and mingle with fans in an intimate setting. In addition to raising necessary funds, EWCB provides the organization with the opportunity to highlight the impact of our charitable efforts and demonstrate our role in the community.

Embrace-a-Bulls program

- The program provides families who are going through a hard time due to illness with a VIP night at a Bulls game.

- The program gives everyone in the family ? the patient, children, parents, relatives and close friends ? an opportunity to get some relief from their current circumstances, even for a moment, to enjoy special time together.

- Embrace-a-Bulls families receive premium tickets, Bulls gift bags, an in-seat visit from Benny the Bull, and other fun surprises. We also customize the in-game experience for the families to meet their needs and ensure they have a VIP experience.

- The tickets are in premium areas ? courtside, lower level or suite ? and are primarily donated by our season ticket holders. When they aren't able to use their tickets for a particular game ? which happens over the course of a 41-game regular season ? the team has created a way for them to donate their tickets and help someone in need. We have received so much positive feedback from season ticket holders who have donated. They receive thank you notes and photos from the families, and can't believe their donation had such a positive impact.

- At least one Embrace-a-Bulls family is in attendance at most Bulls games during both the pre-season and regular season.

- The Bulls work with our charitable partners to identify families to be a part of the Embrace-a-Bulls program. So far this season, we have worked with a number of groups in Chicago to identify Embrace-a-Bulls families, including Advocate Children's Hospital, Bear Necessities, Cancer Wellness Center, Children's Oncology Services, Inc, Gilda's Club, La Rabida Children's Hospital, Lurie Children's Hospital, Make-A-Wish, Northwestern Settlement, Ronald McDonald House Charities, RUSH University Health Care, and Starlight Foundation and others.

- In addition to Bulls games, the Bulls have ? through the program ? have provided many families with Embrace-a-Bulls experiences at White Sox games and United Center concerts.

- The program was started approximately three (3) years ago.