In Dallas, Texas, a successful event planner by the name of Paige Chenault launched The Birthday Party Project as a way to celebrate birthdays of homeless children in her state. Since January 2012, the non-profit organization has celebrated over 1,100 birthdays in eight major cities across the country.
Inspired by this movement, the Fuse Volunteer Focus Committee organized a similar monthly program titled Project Party by Fuse Duluth, celebrating the lives of Duluth’s children in need. Each month, the Fuse Volunteer Focus committee hosts birthday parties at the Steve O'Neil apartments for their tenants and the children of the Damiano Kids Café who would otherwise not receive one.
The Volunteer Focus Committee is comprised of nine young professionals dedicated to providing positive, memorable experiences for families in our community:
Lindsey Dueland, Committee Chair – Northwestern Mutual
Erik McCort – US Bank Home Mortgage
Liz Pawlik – Head of the Lakes United Way
Lindsay Kern – Duluth Air Show
Bri Waldoch - maurices
Lucas Chubiz – maurices
Alyza Bohbot – Alakef Coffee Roasters
Erin Metzger – St.Luke’s
Martha Bremer, Director of Fuse Duluth
As we continue to grow and develop this initiative, the passion for the project from our volunteers is increasingly evident, along with the business community’s support. To accomplish our goal, the committee has secured maurices as our premier birthday party sponsor to assist with party expenses as well as a yearlong partnership with How Sweet It Is Cakes and Duluth Balloon Company.
In September project party celebrated one year of bringing birthday parties to Steve O’Neil Apartments. This gave us even more of a reason to celebrate! Our September party featured visits from super heroes, princesses and special September birthday guest; Duluth’s Mayor Emily Larson! As we move forward throughout our second year, Project Party by Fuse Duluth is dedicating no fewer than 12 months of this initiative, ensuring every child and every birthday is embraced in 2017. We believe that all children deserve a day to celebrate and be celebrated, surrounded by games, cake, decorations and people who care.