As 2020 comes to a close, we celebrate the individuals from coast to coast who are bettering the communities we call home. Together with Porsche, Modern Luxury identified six individuals who embody a spirit of being driven and dedicated to those around them. Check them out below.
Giving Back in Boston
For Boston-based chef and restaurant owner, Jamie Bissonnette, his car became a lifeline to the city of Boston early on in lockdown. The team at JK Food Group would make up to 900 meals a day and deliver those to area hospitals.
“In the beginning of the pandemic, we started working with Off Their Plate. Where we were feeding frontline hospital workers that didn't have meals, because the cafeterias were closed in the hospitals,” said Jamie. “It allowed us to employ our out-of-work employees, and gave us the opportunity to show how much we cared.”
Moments of Reflection in Miami
For Miami-based architect, Kobi Karp, his car serves as space for escape and a chance to connect with the beauty of Miami, the ultimate inspiration for his work.
“I love what the tropics do to people, how it brings people together, and how it creates opportunities for people to be outside more so than ever before,” said Karp. “The spaces we create, I believe, affect your social, your physical, your mental behavior.”
A Creative Outlet in DC
The freedom of the open road has always been a moment of sanctuary for DC’s own, Aba Kwawu, an escape that was passed down through generations.
“I grew up with a father who loved to drive. He would just throw us in the car and drive. And we would drive across this country,” Kwawu, President at TAA PR said. “Now driving for me is a wonderful and unexpected escape. Excitement comes along with every twist and turn of the road. A lot of times my best ideas come to me while I’m on my way to some place. It really does become an escape, a mental escape.”
Escaping for Open Roads in New York
For Brooklyn-based lifestyle bloggers, George Myrie and Marika Brown, their long drives out of the city became a moment of zen during lockdown.
“Over the last few months we would take day trips in our car to get out of the city,” said Myrie. “It’s an hour and a half drive north and it’s all scenic. The trees, the windy roads, going up and down the mountains. It’s just beautiful.”
Peace and Tranquility in Vegas
The freedom of the open road has always been a moment of recharge for Vegas’ own, Ricci Lopez.
“Driving is my ultimate form of escape,” Lopez, Vice President of Sales at STITCHED said. “When I'm in my car I have music on that I love; and I might be driving to a specific destination, or I might be driving just to drive. For me driving is very, very therapeutic.”
Finding Peace in the Windy City
For Chicago-based lifestyle blogger, Ceta Walters, her car became a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of motherhood and working.
“Motherhood made my car my best friend,” Walters said. “It was the one place that I could go when I left my house to just have peace and quiet for myself. And when I started blogging it became my office. It was my one place of no distraction where I could take calls. It became my happy place.”
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