You know an organization’s legit when it throws a theme party and every single guest shows up in costume. Such was the case at the third anniversary fête for the Birthday Party Project, which tapped Todd Events to transform Sixty Five Hundred into the Rydell High School gym for a Grease-inspired bash.
Attendees — including Steve Wrubel, LeeAnne Locken, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber and Dennis Kwan — poofed up their poodle skirts and slicked back their hair to meet up with friends dressed as Sandy, Danny and Rizzo, who had all gathered to honor the organization’s commitment to throwing birthday parties for children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to celebrate.
Thanks to a full bar donated by Patron and amazing eats by Lombardi Family Concepts, everyone was fueled up and ready to hit the dance floor. The Motion Band kept partiers on their feet with tantalizing tunes straight from the Pink Ladies’ playlist.
Beyond good times, however, this event was all about fundraising for the Birthday Party project. Items in the silent and live auctions ranged from fine dining experiences to priceless trips. Guests could also raise their bidder numbers to sponsor individual birthday presents or entire birthday parties for deserving children.
A touching moment in the evening came when event chair Julian Leaver shared how his own mother helped him appreciate something as simple — but impactful — as a birthday party. Founder Paige Chenault also took to the stage, thanking everyone for their support and sharing her vision for the future, which includes expanding the Birthday Party Project to even more cities.
Partygoers kept dancing late into the night, when mini hamburgers, French fries and ice cream sundaes gave way to tacos, and the Grease classic “Tell Me More” closed out the night. As streamers and confetti flew through the air and guests waved pom poms around, everyone was reminded that spreading even a little joy can change lives.
The Birthday Party Project currently celebrates birthdays in Dallas, Fort Worth and McKinney in Texas, as well as Detroit, Minneapolis and San Francisco. Through community support, this organization can throw 13 parties a month with 700 kids in attendance who otherwise wouldn’t be able to celebrate their special day. The organization has celebrated more than 750 birthdays — with more than 7,200 cupcakes devoured.