I’m not a morning person. I never have been, and I doubt I ever will be. The night before an early morning, I’m usually so concerned I’ll oversleep that I lie awake restless. As you can imagine, this doesn’t help.

When I found out I had to wake up early for work on last Thursday my immediate reaction was the same as usual – anxiety and dread. Once I took a second to get out of my head, I thought about the event I’d be attending that morning, a charitable breakfast hosted by Miracle Mile Shops.

This breakfast was for the center’s 2012 fountain fundraising partners and other local nonprofits. During the event, representatives from these organizations came together to celebrate making a change in 2012, one coin at a time.

Guests started the morning mingling with one another and enjoying a breakfast catered by PBR Rock Bar. After the meal, Angel Williams, director of community relations and business development at Miracle Mile Shops, shared the center’s 2011 community outreach results, recognized Miracle Mile Shops’ charitable partners and merchants and celebrated the Caring Giving Changing nonprofit partners for 2012.

In 2011, Miracle Mile Shops raised $100,000 for local and national nonprofit organizations. This year, the center aims to surpass that number with its Caring, Giving, Changing campaign through monthly fountain fundraisers, community sponsorships, partnerships and a number of cash and in-kind donations. Not only has the center set a sizable goal for itself, but it’s spreading the funds to several local organizations. The point is to help a variety of nonprofits and a wide range of people.

The morning was about honoring local nonprofits and working to care, give and change in 2012. I’ll never complain about waking up for that.