Standing Strong, Together

The tragedy that unfolded in Highland Park this 4th of July just a few feet from our office left us in shock and seeking ways to offer our support. While we are grateful that none of our local agents or staff were hurt, we understand the significant impact this event has had on the city’s residents, their families and loved ones, as well as the entire North Shore community.

So now, as businesses once again open up and our community regains its footing, local residents are seeking ways to support their longtime favorite establishments, as well as raise morale. As more and more news stories come out, we’re continuously proud of our Baird & Warner family for stepping up in this time of uncertainty to make their community a better place. 

Dina Lissner and Andi Rohn of the Highland Park Baird & Warner office, and her daughter Nikki Rohn, took the initiative to hang up large pieces of paper on the windows asking passersby to write down what they love about Highland Park.

“We came up with this idea because we were hurting along with the community,” Dina Lissner explained. “We wanted to contribute something to the downtown area that would remind people Highland Park is a terrific place to live. We have so much to offer and one horrific tragedy does not define us.”

In addition, the office is setting up a gas card drive for victims and families traveling to and from doctor appointments and the hospital. Anyone interested in supporting them can drop off gas cards, of any value, during business hours from Monday through Friday 9am-5pm at  579 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL. 

We’re also grateful for our agent Tom Brooks. During the parade, he and his son Morgan heroically pulled two year old Aiden McCarthy out of the chaos – saving his life – after his parents were wounded. Although they did not survive, the young boy was able to be reunited with his grandparents. 

As a family company, we believe in supporting our local community and helping everyone get back to being their best selves. So far, we’ve committed $5,000 to the Highland Park Community Foundation in an effort to make a difference. We’ve also rounded up some local and national nonprofits you may be interested in learning more about. If you’re thinking about donating, check out the Lake County Community Crisis Relief Fund, the Highland Park Community Foundation, and Victims First organizations.

Once again, thank you for your dedication and support in this tragic time. While we hope to never be affected by such tragedies, the outpouring of love and support in this time of need has been something to never forget. 

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