Last Thursday was the launch of a new giving web site, GiveForward.org. I was fortunate to be part of the team that planned the launch party, held at NV Penthouse Lounge on Hubbard. We had about 200 in attendance, and NV's space was just right for that number. Remember the Party Killers? You don't want people too spread out, or too cramped.
So what is GiveForward? It's a new approach to micro-financing, similar to Kiva. Basically, it enables people to set up a fundraising page, but unlike other fundraising sites, GiveForward encourages users to donate to other causes using the site. In fact, before you can set up your own page, you must donate at least $1 to 3 other causes. Cool!
Speaking of cool, you'll be able to watch scenes from the party on Bravo's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. No, Tim wasn't there, but we were able to celebrate a GiveForward family member's "coming out" party with her smashing new look! I believe it'll air in October. If you can't wait until then, here are some party pics from Chicago-Scene:
Delicious gazpacho shots from Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. You lick your hand, sprinkle some seasoned salt onto the licked spot, do the shot, and follow with a lime. It's the ritual of a tequila shot without the hangover!
BEYOND FABULOUS Chocolate-Caramel pastries from Blue Water Grill! They were just the right combo of sweet and salty. Note that they are bite sized...you never want to force your guests to juggle utensils and cocktails.