Perry Mandera is a successful entrepreneur from Illinois known for his charitable feats. He graduated high school in 1975. Thereafter, he served in the US Marine Corps Reserves, and opened businesses of his own early on in his professional life. He sold some of his entrepreneurial starts, and gave four years of his life to politics, serving the 26th Ward of Chicago from 1980 to 1984 with the distinction of being the youngest elected official at that time. But he kept The Customs Companies, Inc. that he started in 1986. Operating out of Lakeworth, Illinois, today it’s reported to bring in over $200 Million per year. He is listed as a Fortune 100 Company and, in 2000, was awarded the distinction of being among “The Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium.


Perry Mandera is most noted for his charitable endeavors which span across his life and the country. While the following list of recipients of his thoughtfulness does not really do him justice, it does permit some insight into the heart and mind of this loving family man. Some of his personal and business donation recipients include: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Foundation for Life, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, California Wildfires Relief, Campus Crusade for Christ, Girl Scouts of America, Hurricane Katrina victims, Illinois youth sports teams, Jesse White Tumblers, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Toys For Tots, victims of the 2013 Tornado of Washington, Illinois, and the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation.(positivefacts) Recognizing his interminable love of giving, Perry Mandera established his own 501(c)(3) charitable foundation called Custom Cares Charities. Yet, he still gives to others direct and personally and through his business, as well.


Should a horticulturalist consider a hybrid apple tree, producing sweet and crunchy fruit great for pies or direct bites, a case could be made for naming such a selfless being “Perry Mandera.” With each batch of apples delivered to hungry communities and excited patisserie throughout the globe would go an insert detailing one or two of his latest donations that have changed the lives of others. Perry has proven exceptional at addressing immediate AND long term needs of those experiencing catastrophic life changes. He seems to have been charged with the task of turning grey skies blue.