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Founded in 1988, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is a non-profit public interest law firm providing free legal assistance to people with HIV/AIDS and those affected by the epidemic. The AIDS Law Project has been instrumental in spreading the word that people with HIV are not a danger in the workplace, the neighborhood, or at the dinner table. They have been tireless in delivering the message that having HIV should not mean losing the basic right to be treated fairly and equally under the law.

Together with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, we created DECADES, an event designed to significantly mark the organization’s 20th Anniversary. This event needed to not only educate the community that, unfortunately, HIV/AIDS still affects too many people every day, but also to raise much needed dollars. Funding cuts threaten the survival of the AIDS Law Project.

We jumped on the coincidence that 2008 also marked the 15th anniversary of the movie Philadelphia. We reached out to the film’s Oscar Award-winning director, Jonathon Demme, to help us reach our goals. He came on board! We built a stellar volunteer committee and the final event was a great success. DECADES was held at Philadelphia’s City Hall and opened with a top-notch cocktail reception. We then moved the guests into the Mayor’s Reception Room where we hosted a panel discussion about HIV/AIDS in today’s world and what the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is continuously doing to keep the rights of its clients intact. The panel included Jonathon Demme, Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq., Executive Director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, a client of the AIDS Law Project and was emceed by James McBride, author of "The Color of Water," "Miracle at St. Anna" and more.

By tying the 20th anniversary to this other major milestone, we were able to generate an enormous buzz in the community and gain significant press coverage. Attendees mingled with Jonathon Demme, James McBride and Mayor Michael Nutter. With our help the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania was able to exceed its goals and raise over $80,000 – $50,000 more than any of their previous events!

“When planning our 20th anniversary event, it was a great relief to let go of some of my obsessive ways and turn to Hope Feldscher of Hopeful Solutions for reliable and dependable assistance. We knew we had all the elements of a great event, but we needed Hope to keep track of them all.  Hope was very much in tune with what we needed -- even before we realized we needed it.  We could not have put together such a profitable and fun event without Hope.”
--Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq., Executive Director, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania


CityAve Special Services District was created to recognize City Avenue's current strengths and challenges. Their vision is a City Avenue Community formed by a balanced mix of residences, offices, schools, stores, restaurants and institutions; a place where people can live, work, play and learn. They’re working with business and property owners, developers and residents to shape the future of City Avenue.

The City Avenue Spring Fling was created to build a sense of excitement about working on City Avenue. Scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th, 2009, the goal is to make this an annual event. It is geared to the young professionals who work in the area. There is a high powered, energetic team leading the efforts for this that include representatives from 6abc-TV, Greater Media Radio, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tishman Speyer, TD Bank and more.

The Spring Fling will be a night of music (Love Seed Mama Jump will perform), food tastings (from restaurants and vendors in the district), a Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Presentation hosted by 6abc’s Adam Josephs and Karen Rogers and Steve Morrison of the famed “Preston and Steve” WMMR Morning show, and Segway demonstrations and rides. Radio personalities Glenn Kalina (of NOW 97.5 FM) and Marilyn Russell (of 95.7 BEN FM), will be special guests. Mayor Nutter is being invited as he was one of the founders of CityAve Special Services District.

Hopeful Solutions was hired to work with the volunteer committee and implement the event on event-day. We are working with the general committee and the entertainment and food and beverage sub-committees. In just our first encounter with the general committee, Hopeful Solutions made two suggestions that have become a part of the event: signage throughout the event about the history of City Avenue and the goals of the CityAve Special Services District and the inclusion of a scavenger hunt which we will call the CityAve Passport where attendees need to collect information from all of the participating vendors in order to be entered into the door prize drawing. The Passport will ask for their contact information allowing CityAve Special Services District to collect the names of the attendees without making everyone check in at a registration table. Since then, we have been working as a team creating an event where the attendees have a great time and leave wanting more; just what CityAve Special Services District is hoping to accomplish!

“When we started working on the first annual City Avenue Spring Fling, I realized that it would beneficial to have a professional event planner on board. Hope has been diligently working to guide us as we create this new event. Her energy and experience have been recognized by many members of our committee. Hope has offered many creative and organizational ideas that will be a great asset in making our event a success.

--Terrence Foley, President & CEO, CityAve Special Services District

Wish Upon A Hero was created to help improve the lives of individuals and their families by granting their wishes. It is an online community that offers a platform for people to help people. Working under the mantra of “No wish too large and no hero too small,” this is a one-of-a-kind service designed to connect those in need with people that can truly change their lives.

In order to keep Wish Upon A Hero up and running, the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation was created. Its goal is to raise the money needed to keep www.wishuponahero.com operating as well as grant wishes itself. The Wish Upon A Hero staff and board wanted to throw an event that would recognize and honor the people and organizations who have displayed the greatest contributions towards making someone’s wish a reality. They also needed to raise funds as well as grow their membership.

They hired Hopeful Solutions as guidance; they had the energy and enthusiasm to get it done. They had a volunteer committee already created with people from all walks of life and commitment levels. They even had some know-how on how to get this done. What they needed was someone to bring it all together, keep their vision realistic and execute a flawless event.

Together we created the First Annual Hero Awards Gala and billed it as the "Most Inspirational Night of the Year". It lived up to that promise. Over 100 companies participated as a Sponsor or Auction Donor and 160 attendees enjoyed it all. John Anderson and Sheinelle Jones of FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia emceed the evening when we named more than 10 people/organizations winners of the first ever Hero Awards.

“Thanks for all the work. I really appreciate it. I would be just fumbling through the event if it was only on my shoulders!”

--Dave Girgenti, President, Chairman & Founder


 

“I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity of working with you on DECADES; it was truly a pleasure and an honor.  Just to work with someone who understands that one must go into the trenches to win the war was refreshing.  I think we pulled off a seamless evening which has now placed the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania on a different, more public map.  I hope we can join forces again many times in the future.”

--Curtis, Volunteer Co-Chair of DECADES

  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Say BOO to Diabetes - annual Walk-a-Thon
  • Promise Ball - annual black tie gala complete with live, silent and super silent auction
  • Cruise to Nowhere - young professionals fundraising and friend-raising event
  Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Jersey
Dear Hope:

As you know, I have been involved with JDRF for a long time. You will recall, a few years ago, I stepped up to the role of Corporate Recruitment Chair for the Philadelphia Walk. I was nervous that I would not be able to give it the time it deserves but thankfully working with you left me no need to worry. You were able to make me look great!

You truly became a part of our team and inspired all of the members to raise a lot of money for diabetes research. You coordinated many years' walks for the Philadelphia Chapter of JDRF and we were lucky when you became the Walk Manager. Speaking for the volunteers and board, we knew that with you working on the Walk, and the gala for that matter, you would make it a highly successful event - both logistically and financially. I look forward to working with you again in the future.


--David H. Glusman, Principal, Margolis & Company P.C
  • Dishes for Wishes - annual South Jersey fundraiser
  • Walk for Wishes
Deborah Hospital Foundation
  • 19th Annual Deborah Hospital Foundation NFLPA Golf & Tennis Tournament
  • Highway to Healthcare - annual motorcycle fundraiser
Sharla Feldscher Public Relations
  • Merriam Theater’s The Music Man meet Wenonah, NJ’s The Music Man
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