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 DonorsChoose.org 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 DonorsChoose.org.
Now, I’m really in the holiday spirit!
Bummer…Bill’s going to be in Africa November 4, 2008
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!
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:
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!
I just had this crazy idea… September 25, 2007
while watching Oprah and guest Bill Clinton, promoting his new book “Giving.” Shortly after the show I opened my email to find not two by THREE invitations to “sip and shop” parties. I thought, why not have a shopping party that allows you to donate to a worthy cause and give away your donations in honor of people you love, rather than buying them stuff they may or may not want?
So I’m going to pull together a “Giving Party.” Invite some friends, drink some wine, give away money and voila, holiday shopping is done. This all fits in with my “live with less” philosophy and keeps me out of the mall.
I’ll blog about my plans here and let you know how it’s all shaping up. Stay tuned…