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UWF Dance Marathon | #bboygivesback

Sometimes we come across non-profits that just seem to fall in our laps as perfect fits for our #bboygivesback initiative. The UWF Dance Marathon is one of them. Of course, it helps that one of our DJs attends UWF (University of West Florida).

Dance Marathon DJ

Never heard of a Dance Marathon? Colleges across the country have been doing these for years. It is a yearlong philanthropy effort that raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. The UWF Dance Marathon, in particular, raises funds through that organization for a local hospital, the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola. DJ Josh Weck saw a great opportunity for us to do what we do – throw down fantastic music with polished MC’ing. This effort is in its second year at UWF. The first year UWF used a spotify playlist for the entertainment. With a live DJ/MC, this would be a completely different experience for them (in a good way). Josh was up to the 8 hour DJ’ing challenge for the signature event. Students danced from 10:00AM until 8:00PM. Not all danced the entire 8 hours (most came in waves through the 8 hours), but a few did. To keep it from getting stagnant, certain hours were themed by genre or style.

UWF Dance Marathon

UWF Dance Marathon DJ

The results? Last year they raised $11,000 and this year they raised over $43,000! Boom!

UWF Dance Marathon

Interested in being a part of the Dance Marathon? Anyone can get involved – whether it is donating, being on the Executive board, or being a dancer. Follow them on Instagram to learn more. Also, if you are interested in volunteering with the local hospital they do accept volunteers there as well.

Here’s what 2 administrators had to say about our involvement on our 3rd party review site.

UWF DJ Josh Weck

UWF DJ Review

DJ Brian B Partners With The Birthday Party Project

I heard about The Birthday Party Project and I knew they would be a major player in our #bboygivesback initiative. As the owner/operator of B-Boy Productions, it was important that I lead the charge of our #bboygivesback initiative. For years, I had looked for a non-profit partner that was a perfect fit for B-Boy. In the interim, we did plenty of non-profit events and were glad to be a part of them (still are). However, last year, we found one of those perfect fits. I heard about The Birthday Party Project and I knew they would be a major player in our #bboygivesback initiative. It’s a party themed organization! I mean, could it be any more in our wheelhouse as an entertainment company?

Birthday party project New York

I believe the statistic was 80% of kids in a homeless family shelter never celebrate a birthday. When I heard that, my heart broke for those children. Not one birthday party? We can’t have that. I immediately made a call to see how we could get involved. Late last year I volunteered to be a part of what was already in place before making suggestions on what else could be done with my event niche. The party was all I thought it would be and more.

So what is the The Birthday Party Project (TBPP) and how does it work? Originating out of Dallas, this non-profit is 5 years old and growing rapidly. They are now in multiple major cities and adding more all the time. They partner with a few homeless family shelters in each city. Every month they work with some of the best in the event business world who donate their time and talents. The theme of the party changes each month. The one I went to last year was a carnival themed party. Papa John’s donates pizza for all the kids. Ceci New York handles the invitations and then many volunteers come and run the games and activities for 2 hours. If it is a child’s birthday that month, TBPP gets the inside scoop on what that child likes. From monetary donations received in, they provide a big gift or two to each child whose birthday falls in that month. Goody bags go out to all of the other kids in attendance so no one leaves empty-handed. Of course, there’s a birthday cake and cupcakes as well!

This month’s theme was “Dance Party”. Clearly, there was a need for a DJ. With 3 shelters in NYC, I was able to volunteer for 2 of the 3 dates and put my DJ skill set to use. It was an absolute blast. Glow in the dark necklaces and glow wands as well as cool shades, a photo booth station and fantastic music made the party! I hope to share my experience with other DJ colleagues of mine as well as other event professionals and add to the amazing work that TBPP is already doing.

The Birthday Party Project

To get an idea of what these parties are like, watch the video below. #joychangeslives #initiatejoy

Giving Back Initiative | Fun at Shelter House’s Brunch and Bowl

As part of B-Boy Productions’ #bboygivesback initiative, we are partnering with Shelter House, a domestic and sexual violence center, for many events in 2017. Our first Giving Back Initiative event of the year with them was their inaugural “Brunch and Bowl” event held this past January. This particular event raised more than $6,000. DJ Shawn Frady spun music for this event as those who attended enjoyed a fabulous brunch, unlimited bowling, a silent auction and of course, amazing music! It was held at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill located at the Destin Commons in Destin, FL.

The bowling was a fun-filled competition featuring some of law enforcement’s finest from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the OCSO Sheriff’s office as well as Century 21 Blue Marlin, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Paul Hughes Family Foundation, Wine and Wenches, Vieno Investments Agency (VI-A), Wesley McGrail & Wesley and RLI.

DJ for the event and General Manager of B-Boy Florida’s Division, Shawn Frady, commented, “A hearty brunch, bowling, music and raising money for a fantastic non-profit organization. I’d say that’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning.”

Giving Back Initiative

Brunch and Bowl Shelter House

B-Boy Productions Launches Aggressive Non-Profit Initiative: #BBOYGIVESBACK

2017 marks a definitive marker in history for B-Boy Productions, Inc. For years, B-Boy has supported and been a part of non-profit projects that came across our desk. It’s been a fabric of B-Boy’s DNA. However, for the last year or so, a concerted effort has been made to do more and drill down to find “perfect fits”. This year begins an aggressive non-profit push with the #bboygivesback initiative. Each of our DJ/MC staff has committed to doing a minimum of 1-2 events per year. With over 12 headliner entertainers, that’s almost 2 dozen events.

#BBOYGIVESBACK

Brian Buonassissi, owner of B-Boy Productions, Inc., says, “One of the calling cards of our staff has been a desire to bless others with the talents we’ve been given. The #bboygiveback initiative is laser-focused to partner with non-profits that are a perfect fit with what we can bring to the table. In many cases, a lot of the benefiting organizations have been ones we’ve helped for years under the radar. We want to do a better job of promoting the non-profits we work with so others can hear about their mission and potentially get involved with us to make a difference”.

Some of the 2017 projects chosen:
*Shelter House: Brunch and Bowl (January 21st)
*The Birthday Party Project (February 16th & 21st)
*UWF: Dance Marathon (February 18th)
*Boy & Cub Scouts: Pinewood Auto Show (March 4th)
*Emerald Coast Autism Center: The Hole In One Event (March 10th)
*Shelter House: Purses With A Purpose (March 21st & 22nd)
*American Cancer Society: Bark For Life (April 1st)
*American Cancer Society: Relay For Life (April 28th & May 5th)
*Emerald Coast Foundation: Father-Daughter Princess Ball (May 19th)

“We’ve always wanted to lead in our industry – not just with excellence in paid events but also in a philanthropic capacity. Our desire is to do what we can to benefit these amazing organizations”, Buonassissi said.

If you have a non-profit project in mind that would benefit from our services or you would want to be a part of one we’re connected with, be sure to message us and we’ll get in contact with you as soon as we can. #bboygivesback