We are thrilled to debut our first spotlight of 2016 today! So thrilled, in fact, that we’re throwing confetti in the air and putting on our favorite party hats. And we mean that literally, because the subject we’re celebrating is none other than The Birthday Party Project!
images courtesy of The Birthday Party Project
Founded in 2012 by Paige Chenault and her husband, Colin, The Birthday Party Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. A professional event planner, Paige was inspired to give back after the birth of her daughter, Lizzie. After years of research and consideration, Paige pulled together a team of talented, caring friends to help her launch The Birthday Party Project—our own founder, Mary-Frances, is a proud board member!
We are truly inspired by Paige’s passion for giving back. She has made it her life mission to celebrate others, so it’s an honor to turn the tables and shine the spotlight on her organization today. Here to tell us all about the TBPP’s upcoming Saturday Night Live themed anniversary fête is Lara Gaither, Executive Director of The Birthday Party Project.
We can’t wait to “party on” with those of you who have already purchased your tickets for #TBPPTurns4 on January 23. If you weren’t able to snag a ticket to the sold-out event, you can still click here to make a donation!
MEET THE PARTY GIRL
Name: Lara Gaither
Title/Position: Executive Director
Years involved with The Birthday Party Project: Over 2 years
How has The Birthday Party Project grown in the past four years?
“We have exploded in such an amazing way! To date we have thrown over 351 birthday parties in 8 different markets with over 14,500 kids in attendance. AMAZING!”
Favorite thing about what you do:
“I have two favorites: the kids we celebrate and the birthday enthusiasts (volunteers) that make it happen. Both are some of the most inspirational, kind, fun, resourceful, passionate, giving, JOYful people I have ever met.”
Most memorable Birthday Party Project moment:
“There are too many to count. Truly! The most memorable moments are when kids really enjoy the party. The smiles, the dance parties, the magic when we light the candles, the enthusiasts singing Happy Birthday….most of the kids we celebrate have never had a birthday celebration. We believe that our mission is something worth sharing. We know that not every child has a home, but every child has a birthday. Although we can’t end homelessness across America, we can celebrate every homeless child.”
Three things people probably don’t know about The Birthday Party Project:
“We currently have 60 piñatas in our office. We really love a good dance party. We have sung happy birthday over 1600 times!”
JOIN THE PARTY!
What inspired the theme of “The Birthday Party Project Turns Four” event?
“We obviously like a good party. We wanted to do something different, fun, and creative. The past two years people have come in costume…what better theme than SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE?!?”
What can guests expect at the party?
“We are taking this event to an entirely new level. We will have an SNL-themed event designed by our uber creative Party Partners (including SNL photobooths), an amazing silent and live auction, music by Jordan Kahn Band and DJ’s Jen Miller and Paul Paredes, favorite Dallas chefs doing their spin on New York Street Food, Luxe Bar by our friends at PATRON, and lots of surprises…we can not tell you everything!”
What is the number one thing you hope guests take away from the event?
“We hope people leave inspired to give back.”
LOOKING BACK: #TBPPTurns3
Those of you who attended #TBPPTurns3 know that the Grease-themed evening was a night to remember! Enjoy these photos from last year’s event snapped by The Mamones, and get those Saturday Night Live costumes ready. We can’t wait to see the fun looks you come up with!