The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, by Perry Mandera

The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, named after a former Chicago Bears football player and his wife, helps neglected and underprivileged children. Centered in Illinois, this organization provides youths in need throughout the state with ways to believe in themselves and improve their lives.

To aid children, the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation conducts numerous events throughout the year as fundraisers and awareness builders. Every fall, it runs a back-to-school drive in which people can donate supplies to youths who are a part of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Its holiday season toy drives collect items for more than 16,000 children annually. During the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, people can support “Team Sweetness,” the name for participants who run on behalf of the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation. To read more about this group and learn how to donate to it, log onto

About the Author:

The creator of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera has focused his professional life on domestic and international shipping. Since 2001, Mandera has sat on the Board of Directors for the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation.


Perry Mandera Discusses the Jesse White Tumbling Team

For over 50 years, the Jesse White Tumbling Team has delighted audiences with acrobatics. These athletes have performed at professional and collegiate sporting events, company outings, presidential inauguration parades, and television shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, Good Morning America, and the Mickey Mouse Club. Moreover, they were featured in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Created by Jesse White, the Illinois Secretary of State since 1998, the Jesse White Tumbling Team has benefited more than 13,000 young people since its development in 1959. Offering recreational, athletic, and cultural benefits, the Jesse White Tumbling Team keeps children from joining gangs and succumbing to drug use. Today, this organization performs more than 1,500 times annually, and it has garnered fans from around the world.

About the Author:

A member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Transportation Authority, Perry Mandera has run The Custom Companies, Inc., a domestic and international freight company, since 1986. In philanthropic activities, Mandera belongs to the Board of Directors of the Jesse White Tumbling Team.