The 100 Percent Solution

by Lisa Stamos


Every community needs a safety net.

In this issue we feature just that: The Barrington Area United Way and its tireless volunteers who have been “lifesavers” since the mid-1950s, meeting the community’s most basic (and at times urgent) needs in areas of health, education, and financial stability. BAUW’s safety net for the greater Barrington area is determined through a collaborative approach led by its board of directors and with community-wide input from a variety of sources, including the Healthier Barrington Coalition’s survey. One hundred percent of every dollar contributed to Barrington’s independent, small city United Way agency goes directly to work for our residents through allocations to its partner agencies. (Any overhead to run BAUW is covered by the national corporate grants.) It’s money well-spent.

Our back-to-school issue is packed with stories written by our summer interns, who we miss already as they are back to school. Each of our seven interns participated in QB’s college-level classroom program, as well as took on editorial assignments. We know you’ll enjoy their stories and youthful perspectives in the pages ahead!

We are very excited to honor a Barrington man who gives 100 percent in everything he does, especially when he takes on a long, open-water swim. Doug McConnell is our Quintessential Person and he deserves this honor and much more for his extraordinary mission (and how he is achieving it) to fund critical research for finding a cure for ALS. Meet Doug, and if you already know him, this feature will delight you even more.

Our equestrian community takes center stage this fall with the exciting 12th annual LeCompte/Kalaway Trail Owners Cup on Saturday, September 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our magazine is proud to be the Official Media Sponsor. Each year, the Barrington Hills Polo Club brings together this remarkable event as a way to thank the trail owners for supporting the miles of historic riding trails throughout Barrington Hills. We also cover BraveHearts in our Barrington Horse Country department. Meet a United States veteran who credits BraveHearts, and one particular therapy horse, with saving his life following a difficult return from the war in Afghanistan.

Another interesting article about “four-legged friends” (this one on our canine companions) is located on the back page. Did you know that Barrington Hills was host to the American Kennel Club’s first Midwest Retriever Field Trials in 1935? Historian Barbara Benson sets the stage for the glamorous event that went from soggy fields to a swanky country club.

Quintessential Barrington now enters its 12th year in print and online. Thank you for your loyalty and constant good wishes to our team at the office and in the field. And please keep our outstanding advertisers in mind when you go to market. They make this publication possible and represent the very best of businesses and services in the greater Barrington area.

See you around town!