Our History

History of the Giving Party™

In 2007, an interview with Bill Clinton on The Oprah Winfrey Show, followed by a preschool parking lot conversation launched the first Giving Party™ in Chapel Hill, NC. Perri Kersh and Mary Beth Grealey went into that first party with few expectations, but were blown away by the generosity of their friends, and raised $11,000 in just two hours. After that, there was no turning back, and the party has continued each year in Chapel Hill, quickly spreading to sister parties in other towns such as Durham, Cary, Raleigh, and as far away as Mill Valley, CA and Vancouver, BC. Their friend Casey Saussy joined them the second year and the three of them ran the party through 2016. New hosts are now on board and the original Giving Party™ trio love watching the party grow around the country and become THE “must attend” holiday party each year.

The 2017 Giving Party is expanding geographically including non-profits and donors from both Durham and Chapel Hill.

 

Past Recipients:

2007

World Vision
DonorsChoose.org
Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County
Communities in Schools

2008
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

2009
Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
Fuel Up of Chatham County
Donors Choose
The Dispute Settlement Center

 2010
Habitat for Humanity Women Build
Summit House
Teens Climb High, Chapel Hill Women’s Center
Fuel Up at Perry Harrison

2011
Habitat Women Build
Fuel Up Perry Harrison  and Backpack Rashkis
Kidznotes
Women’s Center Career Advising Program

2012
Augustine Project
Fuel Up Perry Harrison
Transforming Hope
Book Harvest

2013

The Community Empowerment Fund
Fuel Up
Farmer Foodshare
ABAN
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation

2014

Be Loud! Sophie
MiracleFeet
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels
Fuel Up Perry Harrison

2015

Transplanting Traditions
SKJAJA Fund
Support Circles at IFC
Fuel Up Perry Harrison

2016

JUST TRYAN IT
Vaccine Ambassadors
Club Nova
Inspire Media Network

2017