Reason to Party celebrated an exciting milestone as it kicked off
its first New York event at the Nasdaq in Times Square. The event
drew hundreds of philanthropists from Manhattan to as far away as
California and Europe.
San Francisco is not a city that needs a formal excuse to let
loose and have a good time. A growing local organization,
however, is providing the community with a feel-good cause to
rally, err, rather party behind.
Some of the 200 audience members are busy pushing social change
as well. Arsen Ari Kalfayan, who by day runs business
development for cloud labor start-up CrowdFlower (formerly
called Dolores Labs), co-founded a nonprofit called
Reason To Party that throws affordable
fundraiser parties for a variety of causes, from an AIDS
hospice to the San Francisco Food Bank. Kalfayan’s parties
raise thousands of dollars from 20- and 30-somethings who
normally couldn’t afford to attend the fancy black-tie
fundraisers held by more traditional charities.