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Barrington Author Inspires "Culture of Generosity:" Book Discussion and Signing

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  • The Garlands of Barrington hosts February 10th book discussion and signing for Rem Stokes, Barrington author of "Cultivating Generosity."

      The Garlands of Barrington hosts February 10th book discussion and signing for Rem Stokes, Barrington author of "Cultivating Generosity."
    Kathy Wolf

Kathy Wolf

Barrington author and Garlands of Barrington member Rem Stokes helps readers examine their attitudes about money and inspires charitable giving in his new book "Cultivating Generosity: Giving What's Right, Not What's Left." Meet Stokes as he discusses his 12-step exercises and rationale for not-for-profit organizations, especially churches, to stimulate giving by helping move constituents from "self-interest" toward "self-esteem" at a free book signing and discussion hosted by The Garlands of Barrington at 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 10, at The Garlands Performing Arts Center, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington. Reserve your place by calling Amy at 847-304-1996.

Stokes' book helps individuals understand the influences that have shaped their attitudes toward money and explores how donating money can bring happiness and personal satisfaction. "I believe that the value of money beyond personal sufficiency is to find a cause worth supporting," Stokes said. "The book challenges the idea that our money attitudes are unchangeable while providing a rationale for charitable giving."

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Stokes's expertise on fundraising and the psychology of giving come from a lifetime of nonprofit experience working as a consultant. The book provides the tools to help people overcome their reluctance to discuss money and gives reasons to use it more generously for the common good. Author, teacher and philanthropist, Stokes resides at The Garlands of Barrington with his wife, Lee.

The Garlands is a unique continuing care retirement community for people ages 55 and older that provides residents an uncompromising lifestyle in a resort-like setting. For more information about The Garlands, please visit the website at

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