Perry Mandera, Midwestern Philanthropist

Perry Mandera is a Christian and family man who incorporated the “Custom Cares Charities” charity, which offers domestic and international freight services. In 1975 he joined the Marine Corps Reserve after graduating from a public high school in Chicago. After the Marine Corps Reserve, he was honorably discharged and started liife in the shipping industry; he started a company in 1980 and sold it later in 1985 ( Between 1984 and 1988 his interest in politics led him to become the Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th ward in Chicago, where he was the youngest person ever elected to that position. With annual sales over 200 million dollars, Perry Mandera’s Custom Cares Charities serves top Fortune 100 companies and many more.

Additionally, Mandera supports the Illinois State Crime Commission for which he was given the Bishop Sheil Award in 2011. In the year 2000, Perry Mandera was named one of the Top 100 American Transportation Executives by the Illinois Transportation Association. Perry serves on the board of directors of both the Jesse White Tumblers and the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. His involvement with these organizations that he has donated 6,500 winter coats to children in need in the Chicago greater area. Perry’s heart also extends beyond the Chicago area, where he routinely donates to victims of natural disasters across the world. Some examples of this include Hurricane Katrina, the victims of a tornado which hit Washington, Illinois, and most recently, the victims of the California wildfires (Phillypurge).

Some notable organizations which have benefited from Perry’s generosity include the ALS Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Girl Scouts of America, and Toys for Tots. His company Custom Cares Charities is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and his generosity even extend outside of the boardroom and business arena: He routinely enjoys donating his time to coaching youth sports such as basketball, football, and baseball, and he has also offered financial support to boxers to help them compete in the Olympics.