We’re throwing confetti in the air and putting on our favorite party hats today. 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 proud to be involved!
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 share more about TBPP is Lara Gaither, Executive Director of The Birthday Party Project.
MEET THE PARTY GIRL
Note: This interview was originally posted in January of 2016. Even more joy has been spread since then!
Name: Lara Gaither
Title/Position: Executive Director
Years involved with The Birthday Party Project: Over 3 years
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!”
We can’t wait to celebrate with those of you who have already purchased your tickets for #TBPPTurns5 on January 28. Even if you’re not able to attend the event, you can click here to make a donation!
JOIN THE PARTY!
Date: January 28, 2017
Location: The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton Street, Dallas, TX 75226
Time: 7 pm (early access) | 7:30 pm (general admission) | party ends at 11 pm
Attire: Mod-60s—think Andy Warhol meets Austin Powers!
Individual Tickets: $150 | more information here