Last month, the Social Butterfly team wanted to find a way to give back to the community and while in search of “what’s next”, we were approached by the lovely Gabriella’s Smile foundation. It was an honor to host an event for their foundation on October 19th, 2019 and Paint The Town GOLD to help raise funds and awareness for such an incredible cause. We take great pride in all of the events we host, but this one was extra dear to our hearts because we knew we’d be benefiting the families of children battling pediatric brain cancer (DIPG).
Gabriella’s Smile Foundation
This family-owned foundation was created on March 30th, 2016, in loving memory of their daughter, Gabriella Elise. She courageously battled an inoperable brain stem tumor for close to eight months. She was the happiest little girl with the biggest smile that could light up a room and was taken all too soon at the age of 6 years old. The support her family received in such a trying time from relatives, friends and even strangers in the community inspired Gabriella’s family to give back in a big way. They decided to create a foundation that could assist families fighting pediatric cancer, not only in the San Antonio area but across the nation. They realized that the love and support of a community in such a difficult time is critical and can help to make your fight STRONGER, and they vowed to share that gift with others in honor of their sweet Gabriella. As a family, they continue to give back to others through donations to their nonprofit. They know the struggle personally and know what is needed, and what it takes, to fight a battle as a family. While your world stops to be there with your fighting child, your life at home does not; bills do not stop, work does not hold. Gabriella’s family will continue to be there for others like others were once there for them. Feel free to click HERE or follow the link below to support their incredible cause.
We hosted our Paint the Town Gold at The Cherrity Bar on 302 Montana street, San Antonio, Texas. This quaint location is dedicated to raising money for nonprofits, a way to eat, drink and give back for a cause. Every month they feature 3 charities to compete for 100% of their bar profits. Customers are given tokens with food and drink purchases and are asked to cast a vote for the charity of their choice. Each charity sets up a themed table for voting, which is all very creative and fun. We love their mission and found it to be a great location to host our event and a fantastic way to give back double! They served up some delicious appetizers including gyoza, charred edamame and yakitori skewers, all full of savory flavors. We paired the delicious appetizers with a signature drink for Social Butterfly that made the whole experience divine. The staff was absolutely a delight to work with and the live music and atmosphere of the restaurant made for a really fun night.
When planning our event, we wanted to ensure this event was giving back to Gabriella’s Smile Foundation and the children they serve in every way possible. Instead of handing out swag bags to guestas we have done in the past, we decided to be creative and have our guest join in the fun of giving. We set up a station with draw string back packs to be filled with goodies like coloring books, stickers, snacks, etc. At the end of filling, everyone wrote a sweet message to be included inside of their care package. This was all done in the hopes that our small gesture would put on smile on the faces of some truly strong and special children fighting a big battle.
No great event can come together completely without the help of others supporting the cause. We would like to give special thanks to Kendra Scott, Alamo Quarry Market location, for offering some great jewelry pieces and Ready to Run Logistics for donating two Charter Level Spurs Tickets for our silent auction. All of the silent auction items were a huge hit! We truly appreciate the continued support and generosity from these two companies, and all the donors for this event. Our events would not be as successful without their kindness and generosity.
In short, this was another successful event for the Social Butterfly team! We are proud to say that we were able to raise $1,000 dollars for Gabriella’s Smile foundation to help their mission and families in need. We look forward to teaming up with this foundation again and building an even bigger event for the kids and their families next year.
We would like to thank all of our attendees, members, family and friends for continuing to support the dream and helping us give back one event at a time. Together we can help make a difference in the lives of many. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!
-The Social Butterfly Team
To learn more about Gabriella’s Smile Foundation or contribute to their cause visit www.strongerthandipg.org