Giving Party

Don’t just give until it hurts…give until it feels good.

Only sharing the good news December 10, 2008

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I came across this blog today because they picked up our Giving Party story. The site is called Golden Goods and they only publish good news. They (correctly!) claim that whatever you give your focus, energy and attention to is what you get more of in life…so why not focus on the good stuff? Very cool! Who couldn’t use a little more good news these days?


Read all about it… December 7, 2008

in today’s News & Observer! There’s a nice article about our little party that grew and grew…and as the totals now stand, the 3 Giving Parties held last Thursday raised over $30,000! Our Chapel Hill party raised $15,000 from our guests, plus $2000 in matching Habitat for Humanity of Orange County gifts, plus $5000 in gift cards that guests received. Charlotte & Charleston parties pulled in $12,500 together! What an amazing night of giving.

So many people to THANK! First, our guests! They certainly didn’t let some pretty daunting economic news slow them down in their generosity. Mary Beth Grealey–this party would NEVER happen without her. She’s our technical genius, printing goddess and basically, our all around make-things-run-smoothly chick! Casey Saussy for helping us get amazing PR through WCHL and the N&O. And of course, Diane & Art Belden for hosting our lovely, feel-good event (and they’ve already agreed to do it again next year!). And of course, some of our sponsors, including Trader Joe’s (the wine was delightful, Greg!), The Catering Company of Chapel Hill, Laser Image Corporate Printing and Amy Lewis for doing our website. And of course, we can’t forget the Brader-Araje’s for their gift cards to support

Now, I’m really in the holiday spirit!


Giving Party Totals… December 5, 2008

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are still rolling in. The Chapel Hill party was amazing and so much fun…and we raised over $15,000 for the organizations represented! I’ll have more details as we pull in all of the numbers, but once again we were all just blown away by the generosity of our friends!

Our sister parties also had amazing nights–Charleston raised over $7000 and Charlotte raised over $5500! Those totals, plus matching gifts for Habitat AND gift certificates for brings Giving Party totals to over $27,000 this year.

All I can say is WOW!


New website…check us out! November 24, 2008

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Check out our new site at You can now read about our Giving Party plans online at that site and contact us at I’ll be reporting on the success of the Live Small.Give Big party in Charlotte and the Low Country Giving Party in Charleston on the site, as well as reporting from our own party. Maybe I’ll get fancy and do some live blogging while the party is going on! We have well over 100 people committed to coming to our Chapel Hill Giving Party this year. We can’t wait!


Give, because Peter Walsh says so… November 12, 2008

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Peter Walsh, the Aussie organizer and Oprah’s personal pick for organizing folks on her show, just included this in his monthly newsletter regarding holiday gift giving:

Consider giving an “experience” rather than a “thing”

All of us are in tight economic times – keep this in mind going into the holiday season.  A concert, theater ticket, restaurant gift certificate, or even a donation to a particular charity can leave a more lasting impression than another bottle of perfume or one more unnecessary article of clothing.

So, do as Peter says! Join us at our Giving Party and make a donation in honor of those you care about.


Bummer…Bill’s going to be in Africa November 4, 2008

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Oh well…I’ll keep inviting him. Perhaps a few other surprise celebrity guests will be there? You have to come and give to find out!


Bill Clinton on the guest list… October 20, 2008

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I just sent off my invitation to President Clinton for this year’s Giving Party. I invited him last year since his book “Giving” helped to inspire the idea for our party. I received a very nice RSVP call from his office letting me know he couldn’t make it, and a signed letter from him congratulating us on our amazing success last year. I figured I might as well add him to the guest list again this year. Now, off to invite Oprah…