Posts tagged: NonProfit

Sackler Gallery 25th Anniversary Celebration

“Partnering with the Sackler Gallery was an invigorating experience at every turn.  Inspiration was easy to come by, be it from the original Arthur Sackler collection or the contemporary installations like that of Ai WeiWei.  And the amazing opportunity to work in close collaboration with Director Julian Raby, as well as co-chairs Mrs. Susan Pillsbury and Mrs. Ann Nitze, and of course the incomparable Dame Jillian Sackler, made for an engaging process and an incredibly magical night.” – Bryan Rafanelli

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Photo gallery above courtesy of Womens Wear Daily / Tony Powell.


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Boston Globe: Megan Hilty is Smash at Brigham and Women’s Benefit

BOSTON COMMON – Spring 2012 Charitable Highlights

Boston’s Spring 2012 ‘Season of Giving’ included the following two couldn’t-miss philanthropic fêtes. We are honored to have designed and produced both and send a huge congratulations to the Camp Harbor View Foundation and the Fallon Family Charitable Foundation on their tremendous success.

BOSTONCOMMON - Camp Harbor ViewBOSTONCOMMON - Warrior Benefit

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BOSTON GLOBE: The Good Party

Spreading some good will at Good Party

Prezza, Sel de la Terre, Darryl’s Corner Bar, and Trade were some of the restaurants that fed the philanthropic crowd at Thursday night’s Good Party. The celebration benefited Goodwill programs and was hosted at the organization’s headquarters on Harrison Avenue in the South End. Celebrity party planner Bryan Rafanelli ran the gala, and Colette Phillips of Colette Phillips Communications, served as emcee. Honorary chairs for the night were Senator Scott Brown, Senator John Kerry, Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and Channel 5’s Karen Holmes Ward. (Sadly, none of the honorary chairs were expected to attend because of scheduling conflicts.) Rafanelli called the night a “Bubble-Q” because barbecue treats were paired with champagne.

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Friday, April 13th we headed down to The Westin Copley in Boston to cover The Epiphany School’s annual fundraising gala. Epiphany is a private, tuition-free (for students) school dedicated to serving Boston’s most vulnerable youth. The Event was designed & coordinated by Boston’s own Rafanelli Events. 

Seth & I were extremely impressed with the teachers, staff, and students that make up the community of this school. With a 12-hour day intensive schedule, it takes a HUGE commitment from all to find success in the program. It was an inspiring night. To learn more about Epiphany and how you can make a difference and support a child’s education, CLICK HERE.

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Event producer Bryan Rafanelli is largely known as the creative genius behind Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and high profile charity galas across the country. But, he’s also a champion for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. Saks POV chats with the Boston-based master planner about the organization that so dear to his heart.

SaksPOV:  How long have you been involved with the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and what drew you to the cause?

Bryan Rafanelli: “I have been involved with AIDS Action for over 20 years.  I became a volunteer in the beginning of the AIDS epidemic after losing a friend to the disease. I joined the special events committee and volunteered for all sorts of great fundraisers. The experience helped me to create my own events company, and today, we offer our services to many worthy organizations.”

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Short on tiaras, long on elegance, International Red Cross Ball marks 55th year


Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012

So this is what 55 gala years looks like elegant, bejeweled and all done up in red. The 55th annual International Red Cross Ball took place Saturday at The Mar-a-Lago Club -coincidentally, also all done up in red.

Mary Ourisman, former U.S. ambassador to Barbados, served as chairwoman for the event. The evening began around the pool — sheltered by a clear tent with open sides to keep the balmy breezes moving — with cocktails, food stations, a raw bar with an ice sculpture in the shape of the Red Cross symbol, and trays and trays of passed hors d’oeuvres.

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Biz Bash Boston: Pan-Mass Challenge Anniversary

“This is an example of what is possible when people work together,” said Bill Starr, founder and executive director of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, of Saturday’s $270 million check presentation to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund.

The 30th anniversary celebration for the fund-raising bike-a-thon was held at the House of Blues, where nearly 800 denimclad cyclists and volunteers gathered to commemorate 30 years of riding and a total of $270 million raised for cancer research over the life of the Pan-Mass Challenge. This year’s fund-raising total topped $30 million, the third largest in the event’s history and the single largest contribution to the Jimmy Fund this year.

The event, produced by Rafanelli Events, was a thank-you to the riders, Starr said, and also provided stewardship for the group. The Pan-Mass Challenge hosts a check presentation event each year, typically of the smaller, more formal type, but this year’s was larger and dressed down. The $75 ticket included beer and wine served by House of Blues’ cocktail waitstaff, passed appetizers including beef skewers, quesadillas, and crab cakes, and an ice cream sundae bar.

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Biz Bash Boston: Making It Work

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner-Sagoff Centre drew inspiration from Project Runway for a juried fashion show as this year’s fund-raiser.

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner-Sagoff Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Centre combined fashion and fund raising at Runway, its first fashion show competition, held Thursday night in the InterContinental Hotel Boston’s Rose Kennedy Ballroom. With more than 400 guests, the Faulkner-Sagoff Centre exceeded its $400,000 fund-raising goal for the evening while simultaneously promoting the work of five local designers from the School of Fashion Design.

“We set out to create something completely different from anything we had ever done or seen done here in Boston,” said Anne Vanderheyden, development events associate at Faulkner Hospital, who oversaw production with Rafanelli Events. “We decided to give ourselves plenty of time to recreate our annual fund-raising event, so we spent 18 months carefully and strategically planning. As our honorary chair, Gretchen [Monahan] was fully onboard with the new idea and was able to put together a fantastic panel of judges from the fashion industry.” Runway marks the facility’s 14th fund-raising event. Previous incarnations were typically of the dinner-auction-dancing variety.

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Biz Bash Boston: The Bare Necessities

Mass General channeled the Jungle Book at its 10th annual Storybook Ball, which this year raised $250,000 more than expected.

Massachusetts General Hospital celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Storybook Ball with a Jungle Book theme in the Westin Waterfront Grand Ballroom Saturday night. Despite a 30 percent cut in its event budget, the 400-guest gala raised $1.25 million ($250,000 more than the goal) for the emergency transport team, a service provided by MGH to pediatric patients and their families who need emergency transport from suburban hospitals.

“It is about the experience,” said Kelly Snyder, director of special Events for MGH Development. “It’s a beautiful, fun gala where guests like to lose themselves a little bit. Though we scaled back, I don’t know if our guests would notice that.”

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