Giving Party

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

More giving parties… October 17, 2008

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When we first cooked up this idea of a Giving Party, we weren’t thinking beyond Chapel Hill. But once we saw the response we thought we should spread the good word and encourage others to throw their own parties. And now that’s starting to happen. A “Live Small, Give Big” giving party is being hosted in Charlotte this year (thanks to Rosie Molinary) and a Low Country Giving Party is happening in Charleston, SC.

If you like this idea and want more information about throwing your own giving party, just post a comment on the blog and we’ll send you more information. Eventually, we’re hoping to put together a party kit that you can purchase, making it even easier to have your own party. And naturally, we’ll give away all of the profits. Look for our website,, to launch later this year.


Feelin’ the love…

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One of the reasons the Giving Party is so much fun is that it’s an easy party to pull together. I’m just blown away by the generosity of people in our community. You invite them, they come, and they give so generously! One amazing example of this is the Brader-Araje Foundation. Last year, we invited Laura Brader-Araje to join us at the party to represent Not only did she show up and offer fantastic information about the organization, she provided each guest with a $100 gift certificate from their foundation to spend with We were overwhelmed by her generosity. And this year, when we invited her back, she offered to do it again!!

Evites went out last night. We hope you’ll join us this year, have a blast spending your $100 with AND jump start your holiday shopping by giving to the other organizations represented. As one guest said in her Evite reply, “it’s more fun to come and give than open your 401K statement right now!”


Save the date…Giving Party ’08! October 9, 2008

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We just had our first organizational meeting for our giving party this year. Given the horrendous economic news and the neck-and-neck political campaign, I can’t think of a better time to have something positive to focus on. This year, Diane Belden has graciously offered her amazing home for the party. Casey Saussy has joined me, Mary Beth and Diane to help us pull together the details.

We selected the following organizations to be represented:

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County

World Vision

Fuel Up of Chatham County

Center for Women’s Health Research at UNC

The date of the party will be December 4, 2008. More details will follow but we have great hope that we’ll have more guests, more donations, and more gifts to give! If you missed last years party, feel free to scroll through this blog to read up on the idea (yet another crazy idea dreamed up while watching Oprah!), the success from last year (over $12,000 raised in 3 hours plus inspiration for two additional giving parties in Charleston and Charlotte), our local sponsors, and more.

We hope you’ll join us this year! It promises to be lots of fun with lots of feel good moments. Give until it feels good!


Another shout out… January 12, 2008

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from Philanthropy Journal. Our impact wasn’t quite $18,000 (but was more than $12K if you include the generous donation of gift certificates to from the Brader-Arajes!)…but it’s definitely nice to be recognized!


Giving Party gifts received December 29, 2007

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I totally enjoyed giving away my Giving Party gifts for the holidays, and hope you did, too! My kids teachers all loved the donations I gave to Donors Choose (to support an inner-city Charlotte classroom art teacher’s desire to start a recycling program for her kids), and my own family has enjoyed learning more about the child we’re supporting through World Vision.

We received a rose and a write-up from the Chapel Hill news thanks to our press release by Bev Buchman.

And just today I received an email from a woman in Winston-Salem who wants to host a similar party down the road. Very exciting…look for a Giving Party website this year and a party kit to help you throw you very own Giving Party (and maybe you, too, will become pen-pals with Bill Clinton).

Happy New Year!


Letter from Bill December 17, 2007

Last week I received a personal note from Bill Clinton thanking us for our efforts on the Giving Party. I have to say, it trumped all Christmas cards received that day. The letter reads:

Dear Perri:

Thank you very much for taking the time to share the success of your Giving Party–it’s a fantastic idea, and I commend you on your effort to make a difference.

As I continue to do what I can to help strenghten our nation and improve our world, I’m grateful for the input and ideas of citizens like you.

All the best to you.

(looks like a real signature to me!) Bill Clinton

Better believe I’m framing that in my office today!


A Pat on the Back… December 5, 2007

Yesterday the Giving Party hostesses (Tamara Lackey, Mary Beth Grealey, Neva Bartholomew and Perri Kersh) were honored by WCHL with their Village Pride Award. If you happened to listen yesterday you may have heard the story of our Giving Party on the radio. We’ll also be honored at a luncheon in January at the Carolina Inn. Thanks for the pat on the back, WCHL!