Gratitude Stories: The Pierson Library

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

– G.K. Chesterton
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For this week’s #GratitudeStory we’re thrilled to honor the Pearson Library out of Shelburne Vermont! Their Director reached out to us to help rally the local community to share stories surrounding their beloved Library. It’s great seeing people use Tribute in this way!

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Lara (Director): It brought the community together in the midst of strife to express their appreciation for the Library during the holiday season. And how much of a positive impact it had brought to each and every one of us.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Lara: The way the Pierson Library brings the community together. It is not only a safe haven for kids but also for adults and their family.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Lara: We sent out the link via an email newsletter, placed it on our website, did paid advertising on Facebook, bought a 1/2 full-color ad in the local newspaper, announced it during a televised Selectboard meeting, and made a display in the Library.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Lara: The reaction of everyone were amazing. The community has expressed joy at the ability to share their story and listen to the stories of their neighbors.

How did this make you personally feel?

Lara: It felt amazing and humbling to hear everyone’s stories of appreciation. The library has always been a place for everyone to read, watch, and do other great activities.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Lara: Having to appreciate this wonderful library feels great. The community gathered to show their appreciation marks how the library is such a special place to our kids and to our families.

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tribute-lineGratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Andrew’s 16th Birthday

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have ignited the flame within us.”

– Albert Schweitzer

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For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re delighted to introduce Sharon and her son Andrew. Sharon reached out to us to help make her son’s 16th birthday something special… “Andrew, you have this big heart and you can light up any room.” – Sharon

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

To start off, Tribute gave him the opportunity to see how much he means to everyone.  It was a great way for everyone around him to reflect on what he means to them also! And that is the most amazing thing.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Andrew has a loving heart, he is not only loved by me but by a lot of people. Andrew is an amazing well-rounded young man!

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

We had his friends over, after a birthday dinner and played it for them.  We also played it for family gatherings for his birthday.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

He was surprised and loved it.  I wasn’t sure if he would appreciate but I think it meant a lot to him.  Everyone enjoyed seeing how everyone contributed in their own unique way.

How did this make you personally feel?

I provided a gift that money can’t buy.  ❤ It meant the world to me to see what he means to everyone.  I never realized he had such a sense of humor!

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Andrew loves the little things in life. I knew that making a Tribute for him would be one of the best things he’ll ever receive and that’s exactly what happened. He was so happy. He enjoyed seeing what everyone thought of him.  He was really surprised.

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tribute-lineGratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Shea & Stephen’s Wedding

“The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.”   – Robert C. Dodds photo

We’re thrilled to introduce Taylor for this week’s Gratitude Story. Taylor reached out to commemorate Shea & Stephen before they tied the knot. There’s nothing we enjoy more than filling the happy couple with the love and support of their community before the big day. Enjoy!

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Taylor (Friend): Marriage is a gift. It is so special to always be reminded of the gift, you’ll have for a lifetime, and the best way to do it is making another gift as special for them to remember – to remind both of them that they love each other and are loved by everyone around them!

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Taylor: Shea and Stephen are two amazing, fun-loving and goal-oriented individual and now partners to each other and of course as friends to me. A best friend to me for 15 years, Shea (most of the time) positive, always down to do whatever, incredibly caring personality.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Taylor (Friend): This Tribute was one of a kind, not only have they received one of the best things in life, which is marriage. But had received another during their wedding reception on 12/30/2016.

How did this make you personally feel?

Taylor (Friend): I am truly overjoyed by the union, Shea and Stephen have been waiting for. Seeing my best friend Shea got married and knowing that she’s loved by a great man, I am absolutely contented and happy.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Taylor (Friend): Shea and Stephen were beyond grateful, shocked, thrilled and felt very loved and touched by the wonderful words.

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Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Carrie’s First Born Baby

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

– Angela Schwindt

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

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We are excited to introduce Cristian and his wife Carrie for this week’s Gratitude Story and we’re even more excited to introduce Nico, the newest member of their family! Click on the video above to hear the collective cheer for Cristian and Carrie as they embark on this next journey of their lives, parenthood. Congrats guys!

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Cristian (Husband and Father of First Born Child): It’s a good idea, actually a great idea because it allowed friends and Family from around the world to be there to congratulate her following the birth.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Cristian: My favorite thing about Carrie is, she’s not only my loving wife nor the mother of my first born child but my best friend.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Cristian: We were still in the hospital at that moment and I have brought with me my laptop to show her the gift.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Cristian: The reaction was priceless, The T.O.J – Tears of Joy went flooding inside the hospital building.

How did this make you personally feel?

Cristian: This made me feel really happy, there are floods of tears of happiness. And no one can deny how much having a first born baby meant to us.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Cristian: When she received the Tribute, she felt really emotional. She was crying while watching through the whole thing.

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Photos: Stark Photography (www.starkphotography.com)

tribute-lineAs always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen. Now go forth and spread some love. 

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Collect video testimonials with Tribute

Did you know that more than 20% of the internet is made up of user-generated content?

If your business isn’t a part of that, you’re missing out.

One of the biggest opportunities to leverage user-generated content for your business is with testimonials. The research is compelling…

  • People are 63% more likely to purchase a product from a site if it has product reviews and testimonials (People Claim)
  • Customer reviews create a 74% increase in conversion rate (People Claim)
  • Customer testimonials have the highest effectiveness rating for all types of content marketing, with a rating of 89% (WebDAM)

Beyond traditional testimonials, video testimonials are an even more powerful way to scale trust with your users while improving conversion…

  •  Website visitors are 64% more likely to buy a product from an online store after watching a video (ComScore)
  • Web visitors who watch a video spend an average of 2 minutes longer on site than those who don’t view videos (ComScore)

 


 

Introducing: Tribute Testimonials

 

That is why we’re excited to introduce Tribute Testimonials, the simple, cost-effective and free way to collect video testimonials from your customers and fans.

We started Tribute to help users share their gratitude with the people they care about on special occasions. As our comunity has grown to nearly 100,000 users, we have seen more and more people creating Tributes for their companies and non-profits.

Well, gratitude is gratitude! Whether it is for a person or a business, we are committed to making it easier for people to share their kind words and appreciation.

We are already working with  great companies across the globe (Caribou Coffee, Cleveland Clinic and Lingo Live)  to streamline their video collection and you can check out a quick sample from one of our early partners, Causebox below.

Click on the image to view a live version of their tesitmonial collection page…

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One of our biggest advantages over other testimonial services, is that we have a full team of video editors who can help you edit these testimonials into a stunning highlight reel for as little as $300. Here’s a sample highlight reel that we created for General Assmebly, the global edication startup.

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How much does it cost? FREE

 

Tribute is 100% free to start. You can create your Tribute page and collect videos at no expense.

 

Want to kick your testimonial game into high gear? Here are the available upgrades:

$25 – Edit your videos into a single testimonial video for your website or social media

$125 – One of our concierge editors will compile videos into a single video for you

$300 – Turn your testimonials into a professional highlight reel that’s perfect for your homepage

 

How does it work? 120 seconds to get started

 

You can setup your Tribute collection page in less than two minutes.

1. Visit Tribute.co/videotestimonials to learn more and get started

2. One of our customer service agents will start a chat dialogue with you on that page and is available to answer any questions you might have.

3. Have an image ready that is approximately 660 x 300 for your header image. Enter some basic info on what you’d like your users to submit and you’re all set.

When business is done right, it can be a massive force for good, and we’re excited to help businesses and organizations capture these testimonials that can help to push important projects forward.

If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you and are always available at support@tribute.co

Let’s do this!

Andrew

Founder / CEO
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Gratitude Stories: Libby’s 35th Work Anniversary

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”

– Samuel Johnson

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

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For this week’s Gratitude story, we are delighted to introduce Isabel and her best friend/co-worker, Libby. Libby’s hard work and passion have led her to a 35-year career at Steelcase.  Isabel reached out in need of some help to make this anniversary unforgettable…
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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Isabel (Best friend and Steelcase Co-worker): she doesn’t realize how many lives she touches in a positive way

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Isabel: My favorite thing about Libby is her enthusiasm, kindness, passion and her support for others.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Isabel: We planned and created a surprise party after a training event in our region, people were gathered while she had no idea what’s about to go down.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Isabel: Everyone was waiting around for the Tribute to start playing, Libby was laughing and crying almost the whole time.

How did this make you personally feel?

Isabel: It made me feel like I’m my best friend’s personal hero. This was truly a gift you cannot wrap that will last forever.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Isabel: As shown in the photos, Libby was happy, laughing and teary-eyed. She then looked up after the last tribute and asked if anyone had a cigarette. Ha.

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen. Now go forth and spread some love. 

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: UC Boulder celebrates their member of the year.

“You were made for the place where your real passion meets compassion because there lies your real purpose.”

– Ann Voskamp

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

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For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re pleased to introduce Erin Mercado and her friend, Monica. During Monica’s studies, she quickly distinguished herself as a woman of passion and dedication… just a few of the traits that lead her to become the NRHH Member of the Year. Erin reached out to us to congratulate Monica, and also to show how much of an impact she has contributed to everyone around her.

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Erin (Friend and NRHH Member): For context, Monica and I are both involved with student organizations within the residence halls at the college that we both attend. I had the privilege to serve with her on the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Executive Board last year. I thought that Monica did an outstanding job in her position so I wrote a bid for her. A bid is akin to a fancy nomination presented in a pretty form and can include qualifications, goals, pictures, a theme, and more. Monica’s bid won at the regional level and this past summer it also won on the national level. It is a big deal to win an award at such a high level, but it’s always so hard to bring that recognition back to our campus to share because many of them don’t understand the bidding process. So I thought it would be a good idea for Monica to receive the Tribute to not only congratulate her on her win but to also show our campus members what makes her so great.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Erin: Monica Maly may be the most caring and selfless person I have ever met. My favorite thing about her is how she is always willing to go above and beyond for anyone she cares about in her life or for any position that she is passionate about. She gives it her all and absolutely nothing can stop her.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Erin: Every semester, NRHH hosts a recognition event called OTMmy’s. Many different recognition things occur at this event so we thought it would also be a good idea to present the tribute at this event. Not only were we able to show the people in NRHH that Monica worked with, but we were also able to showcase the tribute to a wider audience within the student leader sphere. It was in the month of November at the end of the event. We also shared the video on our organization’s page.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Erin: Monica cried and was the star of the night just like we wanted it to be. Everyone that was there that was asked to be a part of the video had a great time recounting in person how great Monica was and how fun making their video was. And even if they weren’t a part of making the video, all the others had a greater understanding of all that Monica did and we’re sure to congratulate her for her win. Monica was all smiles the entire night.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Monica: “I cried a lot. I felt very appreciated and it made me realize that I do make an impact even when I don’t think I do. And doing what I love helps other people find what they love.”

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tribute-lineAs always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen. Now go forth and spread some love. 

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Mimmo’s 30th Birthday

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage”

– Lao Tzu

We are delighted to introduce Robyn and her Boyfriend Mimmo for this week’s Gratitude Story. Unfortunately, since Robyn splits her time living in the US and Italy, she wasn’t able to be with Mimmo on his 30th Birthday. She reached out to us to help make this milestone birthday something special and that made all the difference…

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Robyn: Mimmo lives in Italy. Throughout the year, I live three months in Italy and then three months in the States. Rinse + Repeat. His birthday, which is the day after mine, happened to be when we couldn’t be together.

Celebrating without each other could have been a big bummer. Instead, I was determined for each of us to have full and vibrant days, in spite of us being apart. Since it was a milestone birthday for both of us, I was super motivated to make it special for him by giving the gift of love + support from myself and all our loved ones.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Robyn (Girlfriend): I’ve grown so much in the last two years with Mimmo. He inspires + pushes me to the best version of myself. This is my favorite thing about him. Also his hair. The man has great hair.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Robyn: Given that Mimmo’s day was going to be jam packed with work and then a party, I wanted us to be able to hang out (virtually) when I sent him the Tribute link. With the time difference, I was rushing to get ready for my birthday dinner and it was very late for him.  We were on FaceTime and I told him I wanted to give him his present early. He protested a bit, but I insisted since I knew it was 30 minutes long! A lot of people had showed up to wish him the best.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Robyn: Mimmo was blown away when he hit play. He was even more surprised + touched when the third video rolled into wishes from British friends of ours living in California, singing Happy Birthday in Italian.

I think up until that point he thought it was going to be a small family video. With their appearance he realized it was going to be much bigger event. Every time someone new showed up on the screen he would gasp and exclaim “NOOOOOOOOOO!”

The absolute best, was I had tracked down his former NYU professor from years before. Since we had never met, Mimmo couldn’t have anticipated seeing him on the screen. Even days after he kept saying he just couldn’t believe that everyone had taken the time to wish him well.

How did this make you personally feel?

Robyn: Giving Mimmo the gift of a Tribute {love} message felt like a birthday present to myself. It was the one moment I was most looking forward to.  I had tears falling on my cheeks as he hit play + I was laughing while he kept exclaiming as each new person showed up on his screen.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

From Mimmo “I couldn’t believe that she had taken the time and energy to put this together for me. Also that so many people showed up to wish me happy birthday! I was really surprised and happy to receive this gift.”

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Steph & Jason’s Wedding

“Two souls but a single thought, two hearts that beats as one.”

– John Keats

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.tribute-line

This week, we’re thrilled to introduce Anastasia and her friends, Stephanie & Jason. Anastasia reached out to us to help put something special together for their special Wedding Day.

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Anastasia (Best friend): Stephanie and Jason value the friendships and relationships in their lives above all else. On their wedding day and for years to come, I wanted them to remember just how loved they were from people and places all around the world.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Anastasia: Stephanie and Jason are two loving, brilliant, fun-loving and dedicated people as partners to each other and as friends to me.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Anastasia: I sent their Tribute so that it arrived while they were on their honeymoon in Africa. They watched while reliving the magic of their wedding day.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Anastasia: They told me they were thrilled and felt very loved and touched by the heartfelt comments.

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tribute-lineAs always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Dan’s 60th Birthday

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

– William Arthur Ward

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

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We are delighted to introduce Kelsey and her father-in-law Dan for this week’s Gratitude Story. Kelsey reached out to us to help make this milestone birthday something special and that that’s exactly what happened.

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Why did you decide to give this person a Tribute?

Kelsey (Daughter-in-law): Because he has made such an impact on so many different people and everyone deserves to hear how much they have enriched the lives of those around them.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Kelsey: He marches to the beat of his own drum and never apologizes for it. He is one of the most hardworking, loyal, and driven people I have ever known.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Kelsey: He was visiting Chicago (where we live) to celebrate his 60th for a fun filled weekend. We had gathered over 25 video submissions that made an hour long video. We gathered together over food and drinks to unveil the video we had secretly been working on…

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Kelsey: The reaction was extremely emotional. We watched with family members and everyone experienced a full range of emotion while listening to the videos. There were tears, laughter, and several common themes that every person touched on when speaking about Dan. It was amazing to watch Dan react as he heard people say things they admired in him that they had never actually said to him before.

How did this make you personally feel?

Kelsey: I think we sometimes forget how impactful words and kindness can truly be to someone. And hearing everyone share the love and admiration they have for Dan made everyone, including myself, feel even luckier to have him in my life.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Kelsey: He said it was the most special gift he had ever received and made his milestone birthday extremely special. He said the kind words and memories meant more than we will ever know. And he said if he is ever having a bad day he is going to watch this video and remember all the people who love him.

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tribute-lineAs always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute