Welcome to Toy Town
Emily Clarke, Lauren Heiler
Annie Verret, Mary Ellen McWilliams, Amy Gale, Paige Chenault, Arden Ellis, Allison Dukes, Candice Trevino
Andrew and Stacy Ferguson
Caroline and Chris Settle
Chris and Holly Siglin
Greg and Lauren Heiler
Hamilton and Mallory Reynolds
Jamie and Brian O'Boyle
Jennifer Robertson, Laura Watson, David Green, Elizabeth Green, Rachel Riley
Julia Kelly, David Kimmee
Julie Chisum, Kelli Griffin, Tara Tevis, Lauren Burch
Lance and Ashley Whitworth
Mikki Allen, Kristin Johnson, Michael Johnson
Ryan Lilly, Laurie Wilgers
What: The Birthday Party Project turns 6
Where: The Bomb Factory
PC Moment: Birthdays. Parties. Joy. These are things The Birthday Party Project CEO Paige Chenault does not joke around about. She means business. So when it came time to celebrate the organization’s own birthday (big number six), she went big with a Toy Town-themed extravaganza. And with event pro co-chairs Emily Clarke and Lauren Heiler and friends like Todd Fiscus working their magic, the results were nothing short of incredible.
Think: a gigantic disco ball spinning above a Twister-board dance floor, a life-sized Easy Bake Oven wall filled with mini cakes, and a swirling slide connecting the upstairs bar to the party below.
Even more impressive was how equally committed guests were to the theme, going all out for the “toy” dress code in unapologetically goofy, fun, and nostalgic costumes (we see you, Mr. Monopoly). In addition to the gourmet food stations and an abundance of sugary sweets, the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra, and DJs Souljah and Julio Rivera kept the energy at maximum levels well into the night. If the idea was to remind everyone of the joy of being a kid again, mission accomplished.
In its six years, The Birthday Party Project has celebrated over 3,500 birthdays with over 22,000 children in attendance, and gained a following of supporters who are as enthusiastic about having fun as they are committed to the children they are helping, including the evening’s honorees, Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce of Engage! Summits and past chairs Jamie and Brian O’Boyle.
The real icing on this birthday cake? The evening raised over $550,000, which will go toward throwing birthday parties for children without homes all over the country.
Babes in Toyland: Jordan Spieth, Amanda Albritton, Missy Rogers Peck, Bailey Lloyd, Dana Blaurgrund, Jennifer Harris, Jacqueline Hill, Sidney Miller, Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, Emma Miller, Robyn Sills, Dana and Steve Haglund, Patty Leyendecker, Stacy and Andrew Ferguson, Alex and Eric Hutto, Tanya and Cesar Perez.