Event of the Week: Party for a Purpose 3


Fundraiser Honors Memory of Loved One, Supports Sickle Cell Association

After the loss of a loved one, it can be hard for some people to find purpose again. This was not the case with Lisa Caison. When she lost her sister to Sickle Cell Disease in 2010, she knew she could celebrate her sister’s life while also raising awareness and funds for research of the disease her sister suffered from. Her Party with a Purpose has developed into a beautiful, meaningful, and fun tradition.

Caison explained that Party for a Purpose is an annual event “hosted by my family and was created as a way to keep the memory of my sister alive.” This was the third year Caison has hosted the event, which was held on September 22 this year. Caison hosts the event with all profits donated to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Philadelphia. The goal this year was to raise $2,000, and they were able to do just that.

Caison said that the event is usually attended by “friends, family, co-workers, etc that either knew my sister or know of her passing and want to be a part of celebrating her life.” To spread the word, Caison and family use word of mouth and Facebook event invitations. Caison also ordered the Disco Event Ticket from Eventgroove in order to advertise the time and location of the event.

The theme this year was “Old School vs. New School.” She found that, “It was amazing to see how music has evolved over the years. The older generation was clueless when the DJ played some of the newer songs; however, the younger generation could sing every word of the oldies,” Caison said. Seeing the stark difference in tastes was one of the highlights of the night for her.

Planning an event with such a personal feel to it, is always bittersweet for Caison. Her advice to others though would be to keep in mind, “It’s never too early to plan a quality event but it can be too late and plan an event that you yourself would want to attend.”

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