Here’s a song created by one of our Teammates in Chicago, Tessa Lawin! She has been with Maggiano’s for more than two years and started at our flagship restaurant at Clark and Grand. When she first heard about the Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish campaign, she wanted to do something special to motivate the teammates in her restaurant. So, she sat down and studied the Make-A-Wish website… and started writing. Tessa wrote the song in one night and performed it in front of her team during a meeting to prepare for Eat-A-Dish. She didn’t think it would go past this performance until last year during “A Night Under The Stars,” a regional Make-A-Wish fundraiser, when she was able to perform this heartfelt song.
Earlier this year Tessa was driving home from work and prayed about her next steps with her music career, and Make-A-Wish was the first thing to come to mind. A close friend, Chris Thompson, was new to Chicago and directed YouTube videos for a living. So, naturally Tessa wanted to create a video. Tessa thought about Make-A-Wish and Maggiano’s and how she could put these two together, not only to reach our Schaumburg location but make it spread throughout the nation, even to those without a Maggiano’s close by. She hopes this video can bring more people into the restaurant, not only to enjoy the wonderful food but more importantly, to help an inspiring foundation like Make-A-Wish.
Please comment below and let us know what you think about Tessa’s heartfelt music video. For a chance to win a $50 Maggiano’s Gift Card, please tell us how you like to give back to your community. If we get 1,000 comments, we’ll donate $1,000 to Make-A-Wish today!