HuffPo: Now San Francisco Truly Has a ‘Reason To Party’ Press Clipping
The Huffington Post
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.
Reason To Party is a an organization whose goal is to bring
together California communities and businesses to raise funds and
awareness for various charities, all under the guise of having
fun. The organization was founded in 2009 in San Francisco, and
has already expanded to Sacramento — with plans for cities like
New York and Los Angeles within a year. To date, the organization
has raised tens of thousands of dollars for a number of
charities, all through the power of parties.
“Reason To Party was founded to create a new movement in
philanthropy, where leaders can help the community and have fun
while doing it,” says Founder and Executive Director Ari
Kalfayan. “Today’s society — especially millennials — still
truly care about giving back to the community, they are just
looking for a new way of doing it.”
Reason To Party (RTP) combines having fun with philanthropy.
These parties aren’t your average rubber chicken dinner
fundraisers either. This Saturday, June 16, for example, the
organization is partnering with the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)
to host an event that hopes to raise tens of thousands of dollars
– with all profits going directly to the CCA for cancer research
and education. Not a lot of charities can say that about their
Top sponsors such as Karlsson Vodka and Barefoot Wines will be
supplying complimentary beverages, to ensure the partygoers who
purchased admission thoroughly enjoy themselves. The event is
hosted by celebrity fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo, whose
life has been personally effected by the disease.
“We feel partnering with Reason To Party means empowering a
younger demographic. Events are the perfect mechanism to speak
to people we would otherwise not reach.” says Valvo. “As a
colon cancer survivor myself, I am passionate about getting the
message out there, creating conversations and helping those in
need. Not to mention, I love the concept of raising funds,
awareness AND having fun while doing it.”
So there you have it. Now RTP has given us all a way to deal with
our Sunday hangovers with a little more ease.