5% Goes to Alzheimer's Association!

After Kathy’s 30th birthday celebration at the Jimmy at the James in Manhattan on October 6th, she has chosen to give back to the Alzheimer’s Association. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“Founded in 1980, the Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.  We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.”

 
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5% Goes to Villalobos Rescue Center!

After Tina & Kye’s wedding at Giando on the Water in Brooklyn on September 7th, they have chosen to give back to Villalobos Rescue Center. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

VRC is an all breed rescue center with the main focus being Pit Bulls. We take in approximately 60 dogs a month and adopt out approximately 30-40 dogs a month all over the lower 48 states of the country.

 
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5% Goes to Global Kids!

After Rebecca's 50th birthday party at La Sirena's South Cabana on May 19th, she has chosen to give back to Global Kids. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

Global Kids develops youth leaders through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. Global Kids inspires youth from underserved communities to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization and global competency, and empowers them to take action on critical issues facing their communities and our world.

Our vision is to create an ever-growing network of young people from diverse backgrounds who attain leadership on all levels of society and enter fields of international affairs and public policy.

Award-winning educator Carole Artigiani founded Global Kids in 1989 and incorporated it in 1991. She served as its Executive Director until August 2010 and continues her involvement in the new capacity of Founder and Senior Advisor. Evie Hantzopoulos, Global Kids' Deputy Director and Director of Programs for 14 years, was appointed the organization's Executive Director in September 2010.

Global Kids has reached more than 200,000 students and educators in New York City and beyond, receiving national recognition for exemplary practices in international education, digital media programming, experiential learning, and youth development. Our work is enhanced by our strong partnerships. To view a list of our partners and supporters, click here.

Global Kids’ flagship afterschool program, the Power of Citizenry, was launched in 1995, and has grown to involve over 500 students each year who gain leadership skills, understanding of global issues, and exposure to higher education and career readiness opportunities. Through workshops, conferences, campaigns, creative arts, and digital media, student youth leaders educate more than 5,000 of their peers.

Participants in the program have traveled to conferences and events around the United States and trained peers in Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Eritrea, Haiti, Japan, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Peru, South Africa, and other countries.

 
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5% Goes to The Partnership with the Homeless!

After Ike's Bar Mitzvah at SPIN New York on April 7th, he has chosen to give back to The Partnership for the Homeless. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

The Partnership for the Homeless has always based its work on the belief that homelessness is an unacceptable and avoidable part of the urban landscape. Our vision is of a world where housing is embraced as the human right that it is, fundamental to health and well-being and a prerequisite for prosperity.

Founded nearly three decades ago to provide emergency shelter, our work has expanded over the years to include an array of services for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, at risk for homelessness, or who are rebuilding their lives after leaving shelters.

Through services that include outreach into New York's most hard pressed communities, help with health and mental health issues, financial and nutritional counseling, connecting clients to other benefits, and employment and education assistance, the Partnership is helping thousands of New Yorkers improve their lives every year.

Who We Help

We've placed a special focus on populations for whom homelessness is on the rise or assistance is underrepresented, developing models of practice that address each of their unique needs.

  • Families and Children — now comprising the largest segment of New York City's homeless population.
  • Chronically Ill — especially homeless individuals coping with or at-risk of HIV/AIDS who are often disconnected from health care.
 
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5% Goes to We Need Diverse Books

After working with our client on The Walter Dean Myers Symposium & Award Ceremony at the Library of Congress on March 16th, they have chosen to give back to WNDB (We Need Diverse Books). It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

WHO WE ARE. We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry. Our aim is to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT. Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.

OUR VISION. A world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.

OUR DEFINITION OF DIVERSITY. We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

 
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5% Goes to Hispanic Federation!

We had a wonderful time working with Sarah & Max as their day-of wedding coordinator on September 16th and they have chosen the Hispanic Federation for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“Hispanic Federation (HF) is involved in local, state and national advocacy on a whole host of critical action areas. HF works with a Policy Leadership Council made up of esteemed community leaders and advocates from its grassroots nonprofit network to inform and set its advocacy priorities.

These leaders work tirelessly to provide effective services to needy individuals and families in various states and are at the forefront of advocating for the diverse Latino issues and communities they represent.

The Council is tasked with identifying the most pressing issues facing U.S. Latinos and co-developing, with HF senior staff, an advocacy agenda which responds to these urgent needs. Coalitions focused on issues such as immigration, education and health have been established to advance the priorities of the Council.”

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5% Goes to No Kid Hungry!

We had a wonderful time working with Leslie & Rich as their day-of wedding coordinator on August 26th and they have chosen No Kid Hungry for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“Share Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Brother and sister Bill and Debbie Shore started the organization with the belief that everyone has a strength to share in the global fight against hunger and poverty, and that in these shared strengths lie sustainable solutions. Today we focus these strengths on making No Kid Hungry a reality in America.”

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5% Goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

After another year of working with Apollo Electric for their annual company picnic on August 26th, they have chosen St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - New York & New Jersey again for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

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5% Goes to Doctors Without Borders!

We had so much fun working with Carlota & Alberto's wedding at the Colony Club in Manhatton on October 29th, and for their 5% donation they have chosen Doctor’s Without Borders. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from the Doctor’s Without Border’s website:

“We are Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.

5% Goes to Operation Smile!

We had a fantastic time working with Erin & Jon to create a magical wedding day for them on October 8th at Penthouse 808 in Long Island City, New York, and they have chosen Operation Smile for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

At Operation Smile we believe every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care..”

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5% Goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

We had so much fun working with Apollo Electric, planning their company picnic on September 24th, and they have chosen St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - New York & New Jersey for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

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5% Goes to Girl's on the Run!

We were absolutely thrilled to work with JLEW Bags on their Fashion Week launch on September 9th and they have chosen Girls on the Run NYC for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

Girls on the Run NYC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girls knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”

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5% Goes to Pelotonia!

There are times when a client doesn't have a particular charity in mind to give their 5% donation to so they ask me to choose for them. I have five clients from January through July who have asked me to do this and I have chosen Pelotonia. I am registered and fundraising for the 50 mile bike ride taking place the first weekend of August in Columbus, Ohio so this it was a no brainer to contribute to this. It's another (several) "Event that Gives Back!".

An excerpt from their website:

“100% of every Rider raised dollar goes directly to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center -- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.”

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5% Goes to Alzheimer’s Association!

We thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work with Sue & Jordan on their July 2nd wedding at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, New York and they have chosen to give their 5% donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Jordan's grandfather, Dr. Daniel Osher.. It’s another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“Founded in 1980, the Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.  We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.”

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5% goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

What a fantastically, fun, 90’s themed wedding we had the privilege of planning with our client for their May 21 wedding at the W Hotel Union Square! They have chosen to give their 5% donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and it’s another Event that Gives Back!”.

An excerpt from their website:

“The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.”

5% goes to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

After a very emotional and heartfelt memorial service we helped plan on January 2, our client has chosen The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for their 5% donation. It’s another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.”

5% goes to the Food Bank for NYC!

It’s a tradition for a bar/bat mitzvah child take on a charity or community service project as part of their mitzvah preparations. Our November 14 bat mitzvah client chose to work with Food Bank for NYC, which made it an easy decision on where to give their 5% donation! It’s another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“As one of the country’s largest food banks, our mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research.”

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5% Goes to Alzheimer’s Association!

We loved having the opportunity to work with Katie & Paul on their destination wedding on October 17th at Captiva Island, Florida and they have chosen to give their 5% donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Katie’s grandmother, Marian Lytle, who passed away from Alzheimers. It’s another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“Founded in 1980, the Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.  We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.”

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Ways to Give Back during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is the month when pink pops up more than usual and people are inspired to give back by raising money for the cause. We thought we would share our ideas on how you can get involved when planning your wedding or special event.

  • Brides Against Breast Cancer is an organization that allows women to donate or buy their wedding dress with the funds going to support breast cancer research.
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  • You can take the flowers from your wedding or event and donate them to a hospital that can put them in the rooms of cancer patients.
  • You can add the Breast Cancer Awareness donation website to your registry so guests can donate.
  • I Do Foundation allows you to create a Charity registry or order place cards with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Awareness.
  • If you know of someone coming to your wedding who can knit or crochet, ask them to make hats, scarves, or blankets for cancer patients in lieu of gifts.
  • If you need a sweet treat for guests at your event, contact Magnolia Bakery located in NYC! They are committed to giving back and have partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Let them know that you want your order to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

Bonus! Karen Brown New York gives back 5% of the client’s planning fee to the charity of your choice when you plan an event with us!!

Let’s make October 2015 a great month for Breast Cancer Awareness!

5% Goes to ASPCA!

We such a great time at Molly & Kevin’s wedding on September 6 and they have chosen to give their 5% donation to the ASPCA. It’s another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” While there are SPCAs and humane societies all over the country, the ASPCA is not directly affiliated with them. However, the ASPCA works nationally to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with many shelters across the country.”

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