4th Annual Wildlife Charity Party
This year's party, like last year's, took place at the W Lounge in downtown Salt Lake City. My goal was to raise double the money I raised last year. In order to do that, I employed more volunteers and different entertainment aspects. I brought in Aspen Moon, a local artist who excels at live painting. I had him paint something with a wildlife theme, and he decided to paint a desert tortoise carrying the world on its back.
I brought in a body/face painter, hula hoopers (who specialize in LED hooping), a photographer, and the usual go-go dancers to spruce up the night.
I added another new element this year - VIP tickets. With the purchase (donation) of a VIP ticket, partygoers receiver free sushi and champagne. The most difficult aspect of this year's party was nailing down a sushi donor. I propositioned a few downtown sushi restaurants and was quickly denied by most. The other ones never called me back. I thought I may have to switch gears or refund VIP ticket donations when, 5 days before the party, Simply Sushi called me. They were willing to not only donate sushi to the cause, but to send in a sushi chef for the party! This was great news. It's amazing what some are willing to give if simply asked.
Suffice it to say I reached my goal of double the amount of donations as last year. I made $1200, much of that via VIP ticket sales, the rest via door charge and optional donations. And this was with an almost non-existent budget (any money I put into the party is my own donation). The party went off without a hitch. I had many supporters and friends show up, and am grateful to be surrounded by such generous people. Thank you to W Lounge, Simply Sushi, my DJs and volunteer artists, and my lovely friends and supporters. I find that oftentimes the world does a great job of humbling me.
Photos...(photographers: myself, Brett Colvin, Rudy van Bree, Alexey Krapivin, and Kristian Christiansen)