From the Publisher's Desk

    

About five years ago, my family created a video holiday greeting for our friends and family, and I always thought the best part of the finished product was my husband’s “outtakes” or bloopers that were edited in at the end. My son, who was five at the time, could not, to save his life, say his one line without getting the words mixed up. First it was Merry Hanukkah, then Happy Christmas, Merry Holiday Christmas Hanukkah…you get the picture.  In the past we have embraced and celebrated various religious holidays honoring everyone who stayed under our roof at one time or another. To date, I think the only holiday we have yet to celebrate is Kwanzaa (on my bucket list), but I’m excited that our 2016 annual holiday issue has something for everyone. 

And for those of you who cherish the furrier members of the family, you will love our story on Brandon McMillan, of CBS’s hit series “Lucky Dog,” and the great efforts he puts forth to bring joy to animals and people in need of a little companionship, see page 57. On page 48, Chef Kopelow shares how he gives back and a tasty recipe that will make any special holiday celebration simply scrumptious. And for unique gifting ideas check out this year’s holiday gift guide on page 46.

A peaceful and loving co-existence is a lovely thing and this time of year always seems to bring out the best in people. This is one of the reasons that we dedicate our annual holiday issue to art and philanthropy. However, to be honest with you, this year our editorial team really wished we could have printed a thousand pages due to all the extraordinary people and organizations out there devoting themselves to making the world a healthier, happier and more captivating place for all of us. Unfortunately, mass media often focuses on stories that can make one lose faith in mankind and sadly there are many. However, it is our hope that each and every one of our readers will take the opportunity to appreciate the amazing stories, provided here, in our special art and philanthropy section starting on page 63, including a few women who are moving mountains to make a difference and the life-changing events that inspired them to do so. Additionally, in 2017, we will continue to spotlight philanthropy and uplifting stories in our Giving Life department, so stay tuned.

And with an open heart, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Hanukkah, Happy Christmas … a peaceful Ramadan, Kwanzaa blessings and many joys in whatever holidays you celebrate … and best wishes for a tremendous New Year!

Cheers,

Rebecca Gray Grossman

Publisher | Editorial Director

publisher@westlakemagazine.com