Gratitude Stories: Ilene’s 21st Birthday

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

Emily (Friend): My best friend was turning 21 on the weekend of Arts Fest, a time when students return to campus for a quick summer reunion. She was having a birthday party but I also knew that most of her friends would be unable to make it for the celebration. That’s when I realized that Tribute would be a great way for everyone to be able to share in the festivities without having to be physically present.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Emily: My favorite thing about Ilene is how she is such a positive force in the world. She has such a happy and positive disposition and a genuine desire to help others.

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

Emily: Ilene received her Tribute on the eve of her 21st birthday. We played the video for her before her friends took her to the bars to celebrate. We sat her in a chair in front of the TV and all of her friends gathered around to watch.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Emily: Ilene was so surprised by the people in the video. Not only did we have her friends from college and home but we had reached out to her entire family. She was in a half crying half laughing state for the majority of the time.

How did this make you personally feel?

Emily: I felt so incredibly proud to be able to call her my friend that I started tearing up myself.

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

Ilene (Recipient): My Tribute was honestly the highlight of my birthday! Getting surprised with heartfelt messages from my family and friends made me so beyond happy! I am so thankful for my friends for putting it together!

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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.

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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: Bonda’s 50th Birthday

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

Paul (Husband): It’s definitely a good idea for her to receive a tribute because she deserves it. She deserves to know how much she’s loved. The same way how much she cares for and does for her family and friends

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Paul (Husband): My favorite thing about Bonda is that she’s my wife. She’s an amazing person and every single day I become more in love with her.

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

Paul (Husband): The circumstance when she received the Tribute was during the surprise birthday party at her favorite restaurant, it was the day before her birthday.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Paul (Husband): The reaction was priceless, she loved every bit of it. She was surprised and was very emotional while watching it.

How did this make you personally feel?

Paul (Husband): It personally made me feel happy, at the same time was also very emotional. Seeing her happy is what makes me happy.

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

Paul (Husband): She was speechless and I saw how much she loved it. This was the best gift because not only was she surprised, she was very happy.

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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: Maura’s 24th Birthday

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”

   – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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For this week’s #GratitudeStory we’re thrilled to introduce Peggy and her daughter Maura. Yet another awesome teacher gets the credit she truly deserves. Teachers are often the unsung heroes and we are here to help change that.

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

Peggy (Mother): She moved to Shanghai, China, to work. The first few months of being so far away from family and friends can be difficult. We wanted her to know that we all love her and miss her.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Peggy: My favorite thing about Maura, my daughter is her energy for a lifetime and learning and accepting new challenges that come her way.

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

Peggy: 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?

Peggy: I received a tearful, grateful thank you via WeChat, and that was for all her family and friends who contributed to her Birthday Tribute.

How did this make you personally feel?

Peggy: I was thrilled that the Tribute allowed my daughter to know she was remembered and always will be remembered and loved no matter where she is living.

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

Peggy: “I’m crying right now!!!!  Thank you, Mama … I  loved it sooooo much! How did you end up organizing all that?”

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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: Joe’s 52nd Birthday

“Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.”  

– Joseph B. Wirthlin

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

Suzanne (Wife): At this point in our lives we really don’t need any more material “stuff.”  I wanted to give a gift that would have meaning and create a lasting memory.  I also love the fact that the Tribute video can be viewed at anytime as it will be fun to watch it again in the future and re-live the memory.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Suzanne: Joe is the most caring and giving person I know.  He always puts his family first.  He is a true friend and an amazing husband.

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

Suzanne: It was my husband’s 52nd birthday and we surprised him with the Tribute video.  After dinner we wanted to watch a movie so I turned on our Apple TV and instead of starting the movie I went to YouTube to bring up the video – he was so surprised and very emotional as we watched the 20-minute Tribute.  It was great viewing it on the TV.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Suzanne: We all had a great time watching the Tribute.  Most of his family lives out of town so the fact that everyone had sent in a brief message was very cool and definitely made my husband feel loved and appreciated.  Lots of laughs and a few tears!

How did this make you personally feel?

Suzanne: I was thrilled with the end result and very happy I could almost effortlessly put together such a special and memorable gift.  The entire process was really fun and I especially loved viewing the videos as they came in.

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

Suzanne: My husband felt very loved!  I think he was very surprised by how much he truly means to all of his family and friends.

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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

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: Jack’s 80th Birthday

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

You are never too old nor too young to celebrate and share why love is forever young. It’s the most extraordinary life has ever provided – knowing that you and I are loved. That’s  exactly what John did for his father-in-law, collaborating with others to give the most meaningful gift on earth. Because…. Why not?

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

John (Son): Because he lived a life worth living and is surrounded by loved ones and friends that admire him beyond imagination.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

John: He is and has been the best father in the world to me.

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

John: We played the Tribute right after was all (party of 60) sang him “Happy Birthday”

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

John: Not a dry eye in the crowd. It was the single greatest showing and outpouring of love and affection that I have ever seen at a Birthday party. The servers were all crying as well.

How did this make you personally feel?

John: Like a million dollars when it was played. Jack called me days later after he went home to view it alone with his wife and was balling crying as he explained how much he appreciated the Tribute and loved me like a son.

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

John: Jack couldn’t be more grateful for the time and effort each and every one of us put into sharing our feelings about Jack. He said he will watch it over and over.

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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