2014 Giving Party – Eight is Great!

November 5th, 2014 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2014

The 2013 Giving Party was a wonderful success and that’s no surprise. Each year is better than the last because every year, Giving Parties across the country introduce our friends to amazing community organizations.

We talk about the money donated because that’s easy to add up and toast. More importantly we talk about making connections. Every community organization needs more than money – they need volunteers, they need publicity & they need champions who will spread their story. Chapel Hill Magazine attends the Chapel Hill party every year which gives even more exposure to our supported community organizations.

The first Thursday after Thanksgiving, December 4th this year, the Raleigh & Chapel Hill Giving Parties will be happening with great women, good food, fine wine and fantastic charities. The Raleigh Giving Party is supporting The Green Chair Project, the Helene Foundation, Note in the Pocket and the Women’s Center of Wake County. The Chapel Hill Giving Party is supporting Be Loud! Sophie, MiracleFeet, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels and Fuel Up Perry Harrison. Check back for more information on the organizations and follow us on Facebook!

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2013 Results!

December 18th, 2013 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2013

Woo-hoo! Results are all in and our grand total for 2013 Giving Parties is $50,110! You helped 22 organizations raise funds to help our communities. We are beyond thrilled at the success of the 7 parties hosted this year.

Want to host a Giving Party next year? Just ask us and we’ll help. It’s easy and the most fun way to kick of the holidays that we can imagine.

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Chapel Hill Giving Party December 5, 2013

October 15th, 2013 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2013, Giving Party

What better way to kick off the “Season of Giving” than with our Annual Giving Party. For those of you new to the party, here’s how it works:

Join us for an informal, fun and festive event. Yes, it’s a party (with food, wine and good cheer) AND it’s an opportunity to meet and mingle with several local charitable organizations.

The Giving Party is low-key; if an organization resonates with you, then give — time, advice, or donation. If not, no worries, enjoy the party and we’ll see you next year:-)

This year, the Chapel Hill Giving Party is supporting:

Hostesses are Perri Kersh, Casey Saussy, Mary Beth Grealey and Sue Egnoto. Give Until It Feels Good – It All Adds Up!

Giving Parties 2013

October 14th, 2013 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2013, Giving Party

We are tickled to announce that this year, the Giving Party is spreading across the country! Folks are picking up on how easy it is to throw a Giving Party and how great it feels. Look for the Giving Party in:

  • Chapel Hill (of course!)
  • Raleigh
  • Durham
  • Chatham County
  • Charleston, SC
  • Mill Valley, CA
  • Vancouver, BC (Going international!)

Want to add your city to the list? Drop us a note and we’ll tell you how.

2012 Giving Party Update

November 30th, 2012 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2012, Giving Party

That fun little party raised $11,226 in Chapel Hill and $10,195 in Raleigh. Yup…that’s $21,421 and we still have Charleston to go. We love people who give.

UPDATE to the Update: $1050 more came in today, bringing our CH total up to $12,276 and our 6 year total to well over $140,000. That’s awesome giving, y’all!

2012 Charleston Giving Party

November 10th, 2012 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in Giving Party

The Charleston crew is back!

Andrea Ansley, Becky Joye, Krista McGuire, and Amy Riley are hosting the Charleston Giving Party on December 5th this year. They will be supporting:

WINGS for Kids

Maia Moms

Lowcountry Orphan Relief

2012 Raleigh Giving Party

November 6th, 2012 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in Giving Party

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:

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

 Books are Magic

Hope Reins

YMCA of the Triangle

2012 Giving Party

October 29th, 2012 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in Giving Party

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!

•    Augustine Project
•    Fuel Up Perry Harrison
•    Transforming Hope
•    Book Harvest

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!

Get ready to Give Until It Feels Good in 2012!

 

2011 Chapel Hill Giving Party

December 2nd, 2011 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2011

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!

THANK YOU!

Diane, Casey, Perri & Mary Beth

Raleigh Giving Party – UPDATE

December 2nd, 2011 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in Raleigh 2011

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:

Raleigh Giving Party

October 30th, 2011 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in Raleigh 2011

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!

2011 Giving Party Planning Underway!

October 19th, 2011 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2011
FIVE Ways to GIVE to celebrate our FIFTH Year!

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
•    Kidznotes
•    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!

Get ready to Give Until It Feels Good in 2011!

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.

2010 Giving Party – what a blast!

January 1st, 2011 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2010

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:

Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Summit House

Teens Climb High, Chapel Hill Women’s Center

Fuel Up at Perry Harrison

The Charleston party supported:

Jaiden’s Place

Wings for Kids

Rural Mission

The Cary Party supported:

Reece’s Rainbow

Joy in Hope

Thank you all for continuing to Give Until it Feels Good…and save the date for the Giving Party 2011 on Thursday, December 1st.

Giving Party 2010, Planning is Underway!

October 27th, 2010 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2010

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.

2009…and how they gave!

December 5th, 2009 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2009

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!

Jump-start the giving season in 2009!

October 15th, 2009 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2009

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!

We’re keeping our support local this year. Our 2009 Giving Party organizations are:

Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
Fuel Up of Chatham County
Donors Choose
The Dispute Settlement Center

Get ready to Give Until It Feels Good!

Casey, Diane, Mary Beth and Perri

Giving Party – December 4, 2008

December 7th, 2008 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2008
Casey starts adding up!

Casey starts adding up!

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.

Mary Beth sets up laptops

Mary Beth sets up laptops

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!

Donors Choose

Donors Choose

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.

Habitat for Humanity and Family Violence Prevention Center can continue the amazing work they

World Vision

World Vision

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 & Neva toast the totals!

Perri & Neva toast the totals!

Perri, Mary Beth, Casey, Diane and Neva thank everyone for giving until it feels good!

The spirit of the Giving Party spread from Chapel Hill to Charlotte and Charleston this year. Please contact us if you want to host a Giving Party in your town. We’ll do our best to help you.

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?”

The Catering Company of Chapel Hill donated tasty sandwiches, cheese and a fantastic artichoke dip. Special thanks to Heather who went out of her way to make everything easy for us.



Give until it feels good.

November 17th, 2008 by Giving Party | Comments Off | Filed in 2007, 2008, Giving Party

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.

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County

World Vision

DonorsChoose.org

Fuel Up at Perry Harrison

Center for Women’s Health Research at UNC

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