Friday, June 4, 2010

Fundraising Event!

Yikes!! Has it really been a week since I posted? My deepest apologies.

Remember the fundraising event I was able to help plan? If not, basically I got laid off and was hooked up with the event by my (now former) boss. How's that for quick networking?

Anyways, the event was called The Beauty of Expression and it is an annual event for the Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center. The Center is a wonderful non-profit in Charlotte that was a pleasure to work with. I will let their website give you their mission statement as I am sure I can't give it proper justice:

Mission Statement

At Charlotte Speech and Hearing, we believe communication is the key to connecting with the world. Our mission is to provide a full range of effective, family-centered speech, language and hearing services to everyone in need.

So, besides getting to know a great organization in my city, this event was great experience for me as it was a larger event and accordingly, there was more to coordinate. Additionally, because the event was for a non-profit, it was a good exercise in negotiating prices and working with a budget. This was a VERY positive experience and I hope to work on future events for Charlotte Speech and Hearing!

Here are some photos of the event. It was held outdoors at a beautiful large home in the Myers Park area of Charlotte. The scenery was breathtaking and provided amazing natural decor for the event!

Here are some general shots of the party scene:

Check out the sun beaming in the corner in the below picture. How's that for photography skills with my little point and shoot camera?!

Decor Items: I had to be creative with the budget and make a little bit go a long way. I decided to go with simple flowers, floating candles and a few creative touches.

See below the confetti punch outs with the Charlotte Speech and Hearing Logo. I printed out a few sheets of the logo and used my circle punch to create confetti. It added a little "branding" element to the event. I think it is important for any event, but especially for fundraising events, to know why the event is happening. You definitely want people to have a good time and enjoy their wine and food, but the organization and its purpose should be present throughout all elements of the event.

Another way we highlighted the event cause was to hang Client Testimonials throughout the party. This was a great way to show how the clients lives had been positively changed by Charlotte Speech and Hearing.

I created the below "Tree of Facts, or Tree of Caring." I spray painted tree branches and placed them in a vase filled with clear stones. I then hung some Speech and Hearing statistics from the branches. It kind of looked like a wishing tree! It was a fun little "attraction" for guests and a way for them to be reminded of the cause.

We had Raffle and Silent Auction tables with some really items donated from local businesses and sports teams.

Another popular attraction was the Free chair massages, provided by Simply Skin of Charlotte, a great spa. There were 2 masseuses and 2 massage chairs set up in a gazebo in the back of the yard, and every time i Looked there was a long line! It was a big hit.

My favorite part of the event was the unique art provided by local artist Stefan Duncan. Stefan is internationally known and extremely well respected. We were lucky enough to have Stefan set up a blank canvas and begin to paint a piece during the event. Guests were able to watch his work up close; a very unique experience. Additionally, Stefan's painting's were displayed all around the property as an "art walk." The bright colors added so much OOMPH (for lack of a better word) to the decor. It was really gorgeous.

Here is Stefan working:

Here are several of Stefan's striking pieces:

The event turned out very well and as I mentioned previously, was an excellent hands-on experience for me. The beautiful setting, wonderful cause and amazing art made for an enchanting evening and a good time was had by all.

Hope you all have a GREAT week!


  1. Everything looks great and I'm glad it went well. Way to go!

  2. It looks like a great event Jackie! I love the personal touches throughout the party and having Stefan there painting would have been amazing! xx

  3. What a great event, love the art and congrats on the quick turn around with the job!!

  4. looks like a great event!!!

  5. Wow with your great description and pics I feel like I was actully part of the event. It looks like it turned out fantastic!

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  8. Here it is Nov. 2016 and I just shared this page on Facebook just to recall the magic of that night. It is one of my most treasured evenings and loved to do it again. It was a Fairytale evening.


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