What were you doing on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving last year? At a house in North Raleigh, a group of friends was enjoying a cozy holiday cocktail party for a cause, ushering in the season while sipping, nibbling, mixing, mingling and anointing the first annual Raleigh Giving Party! By the end of the evening, we were blown away by our friends’ generosity in raising $9,715 to benefit four local charities.
Our 2012 holiday wish is to do it again, and we hope you can join us as we throw a jolly holiday kick-off party to benefit local non-profits! What good can you do on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving? Come to the second annual Raleigh Giving Party and help us Give Until it Feels Good!
This year, hostesses Natalie Best, Melissa Colantuoni, Jennifer Venable and Christina Woelffer are excited to announce the 2012 local non-profits:
It’s that time of year again…
Last year’s 5th Annual Giving Party was an amazing celebration and we’re excited about this year’s Giving Party! If you’re just hearing about the Giving Party for the first time, click here to learn more about the best way to kick off your holiday season. We’re excited about this year’s lineup of organizations!
The popular You Decide bowl is returning! Drop a few bucks and your name in our Giving Bowl and we’ll draw a name at 8:30pm. The “winner” gets to give away the money collected to an organization of their choice!
Giving comes in many forms: some give money, some give time and some give by spreading the word about a great organization. We welcome all kinds of giving so please bring a friend!
Drum roll please…!
Our 5th annual Giving Party raised $14,371 to support four amazing organizations. The “you decide…” bowl brought in $396 and the lucky winner donated the money to Fuel Up Perry Harrison. In exciting news, our sister party in Raleigh raised $9,715!
All of that generosity amounts to a 5-year total of $119, 086. You certainly gave until it felt good in 2011 and we love you for it. Our 2012 party will be on Thursday, November 29th. We can’t wait to see you there!
Diane, Casey, Perri & Mary Beth
Here’s an update from the Raleigh Giving Party:
The first annual Raleigh Giving Party was held on Thursday, December 1, 2011, and was hosted by Natalie Best, Melissa Colantuoni, Ashley Techet and Christina Woelffer. We were absolutely blown away by the generosity of our friends and family, raising $9,715 in just a few hours (and gifts continue to come in!).
The 2011 Raleigh Giving Party benefited the following organizations:
We’re thrilled to announce a Raleigh Giving Party this year! Part of our mission has been spreading the word about how rewarding and fun a Giving Party can be, not only to attend but host as well. With each new party, worthy organizations find new supporters and party-goers discover new community opportunities.
The Raleigh Giving Party is hosted by Christina Woelffer, Natalie Best, Melissa Colantuoni and Ashley Techet. The organizations they’ve chosen to support are: InterAct, Poe Center for Health Education, Sassafras All Children’s Playground, and Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic.
Thursday, December 1st will be a big Giving Party night!
Once again, Diane, Casey, Perri & Mary Beth are planning for our 2011 Giving Party. Giving comes in many forms: some give money, some give time and some give by spreading the word about a great organization. We’re amazed to realize that this will be our fifth year of Giving Until It Feels Good. In the past 4 years, all of the Giving Parties, including our sister parties in Charleston, Charlotte and Cary, have raised nearly $100,000! Even better, wonderful organizations have found new volunteers and renewed interest in their projects. This year we’re celebrating five years of giving with five amazing opportunities:
• Habitat Women Build
• Fuel Up Perry Harrison and Backpack Rashkis
• Women’s Center Career Advising Program
• You Decide! Drop a few bucks and your name in our Giving Bowl and we’ll draw a name at 8:30pm. The “winner” gets to give away the money collected to an organization of their choice!
We’re thrilled to announce a sister party in Raleigh this year. Want to host your own? Just ask and we’ll tell you how.
The fourth annual Giving Party was held on Thursday, December 2nd in Chapel Hill, with sister parties in Charleston & Cary that same week. Once again, Diane, Casey, Mary Beth & Perri were absolutely blown away by the generosity of their friends, raising $15,730 in just a few hours (and gifts continue to come in!). The Low-Country Giving Party in Charleston raised over $8000 and the Cary party brought in $2995…raising a total Giving Party sum of $26,725 for some truly amazing organizations!
The Chapel Hill party supported the following groups in 2010:
The Charleston party supported:
The Cary Party supported:
Thank you all for continuing to Give Until it Feels Good…and save the date for the Giving Party 2011 on Thursday, December 1st.
Mary Beth, Diane, Casey & Perri are back at it, planning for the 2010 Giving Party. Save the date for Thursday, December 2.
We’re still ironing out details for our organizations who will be present. We know Habitat for Humanity of Orange County will be back to raise funds specifically for their women build program. Fuel Up will also return for a third year so we can help feed more children in Chatham County. Summit House is a new organization this year that we’re thrilled to help support. Our last organization should be announced within a week.
We’re also excited to announce sister parties in Charleston, SC, Cary, NC and possibly a party in LA this year (Giving Party is going bi-coastal!). Get ready to Give Until it Feels Good in 2010.
Wowzers…our friends continue to blow us away with their generosity. In just under three hours, close to 100 guests gave OVER $22,000 to our 2009 Giving Party Charities. We are all simply amazed…tearful, overjoyed, grateful…and amazed!
The beneficiaries of your generosity include: Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, Fuel Up at Perry Harrison, Donors Choose, Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County and the Dispute Settlement Center. Because of you, countless people in our community will receive the help they need.
Thank you friends…and be on the lookout for plans for Giving Party 2010 next fall!
Every year we’re absolutely amazed by the generosity of our friends. At the first Giving Party in 2007 you gave over $12,000 to support local, national and international charitable organizations. Last year you, along with friends at our sister parties, gave over $30,000 to those in need – and we had a great time doing it!
This year, the Giving Party is Thursday, December 3rd. Representatives from five organizations will be available to tell you about the wonderful work they’re doing. Make a donation to one or all of the charities present or to your own favorite charitable group. Pick up Giving Party gift cards & envelopes to share the gift with friends and family. At the end of the evening, we’ll tally up the gifts (anonymously!) and we’ll share a toast to celebrate how good it feels to GIVE!
Get ready to Give Until It Feels Good!
Casey, Diane, Mary Beth and Perri
Dismal economic news certainly didn’t dampen the holiday spirits of Chapel Hill women Thursday evening. The second annual Giving Party brought together more than 80 women who gave over $15,000 to support local, national and international charitable organizations.
Add to that the generous matching donation of $2000 for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, $5000 in gift certificates to DonorsChoose.org, and the amazing success of our sister parties in Charleston, SC ($7000 raised) and Charlotte, NC ($5500 raised) and the Giving Party total for 2008 exceeds $34,000!
From the Chapel Hill Giving Party, four additional children will be added to the Fuel Up at Perry Harrison food program immediately. Multiple local and national public school projects will be funded through DonorsChoose.org.
do for families in Orange County. More research can be funded to advance women’s health at the Center for Women’s Health Research at UNC, and four more children are being supported through World Vision–not to mention the chickens and goats purchased for villages, the mosquito netting, health equipment and clean water tools that can now be made available around the world.
Perri, Mary Beth, Casey, Diane and Neva thank everyone for giving until it feels good!
Thanks to our sponsors
The 2008 Giving Party would not have been successful without the generous support of our sponsors.
Trader Joe’s in Chapel Hill donated all of the wine for the Giving Party. Greg fielded multiple updates and made wonderful choices for the party. We’re still talking about the white wine!
Laser Image Corporate Printing fulfilled all of our printing needs – special thanks to Jason and Moira who always greet every request with “how can we help you?”
A little inspiration from an Oprah episode and a desire to help people live smaller and give bigger helped launch the idea for a Giving Party in 2007. Several do-gooder moms in Chapel Hill gathered to host a party with all of their friends and simply asked the guests to give. And give they did! During a three-hour party, we raised over $12,000 for local, national and international charitable organizations. The donations were then given as alternative gifts to friends and loved ones of the party guests.
We’re hosting our party again this year and can’t wait to see the results. 2008 certainly feels like a year when many organizations will desperately need gifts. We hope you’ll join us and give until it feels good.
Charitable Organizations 2008:
The following organizations will be represented at our 2008 Giving Party.