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 The Bridge!

We had a fantastic time working with our client on their beach wedding in Ocean City, New Jersey at their family home on August 16. It was a beach-chic theme that included soft yellows, sage greens, white and crystal chandeliers. For their 5% donation they chose The Bridge. It’s another “Event that Gives Back!“.

An excerpt from their website:

“The Bridge proves every day that persons with serious mental illness or substance abuse, and the homeless can live productive lives in the community. The Bridge mission is to change lives, by offering help, hope and opportunity to the most vulnerable in our community. We offer a comprehensive range of evidence-based rehabilitative services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, vocational training and job placement, healthcare, education and creative arts therapies. Bridge services are tailored to each individual we serve to support their recovery and independent living goals. Thousands of men and women have benefitted from Bridge services, helping them lead more productive, independent and satisfying lives.”

5% Goes to ALS!

We’re always thrilled to help clients plan a marriage proposal to the love of their life and on May 15 we organized an unforgettable rooftop engagement for one lucky lady, who of course said YES! For their 5% donation they chose ALS Association and it’s another “Event that Gives Back!“.

An excerpt from their website:

“As the only not-for-profit voluntary health agency dedicated solely to the fight against ALS, we direct the largest privately-funded research enterprise engaged to uncover the mystery of a disease that affects as many as 30,000 annually. With more than 5,600 people diagnosed each year – an average of 15 new cases each day – our mission is urgent. The search for answers knows no bounds.”

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5% Goes to The Discalced Carmelite Nuns

On October 6th I had the privilege of being part of Anne-Marie & Chris’s fairy tale wedding at the beautiful Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan, and their breathtaking reception at Oheka Castle and Estate in Long Island. For their 5% donation they have chosen to give to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of San Antonio, Texas. It’s another Event that Gives Back!”.

An excerpt from Wikipedia:

The Discalced Carmelites dedicate themselves to a life of prayer. The Carmelite nuns live in cloistered monasteries and follow a completely contemplative life. The heart of the Carmelite charism is prayer and contemplation. The quality of prayer determines the quality of the community life and the quality of the service which is offered to others. Prayer and contemplation for the Carmelite are not private matters between the individual and God but are to be shared with others since the charism is given for the whole world. Each day is marked by silence for prayer. In addition to the daily celebration of the full Liturgy of the Hours, two hours are set aside for uninterrupted silent prayer.

5% Goes to Kitty Kind!

Stephanie & Steve had an exquisite rooftop wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace on August 24 and they have chosen KittyKind for their 5% donation, the “amazing cat rescue organization” from which they got their “amazing kitties Jenga & Ella”. It’s another Event that Gives Back!”.

An excerpt from their website:

KittyKind is an all-volunteer group. We have no paid staff. We all must work regular jobs to support ourselves and the cats. Regardless of how a cat comes to us, while in our care they receive food, shelter, daily handling and attention, as well as vet care when needed. Most of our cats are in foster homes, living with our volunteers, rescuers, or members of the public who have generously offered to provide temporary sanctuary for a cat in need.