Jon and Jen Rodack are two of the coolest kids (40 year old cool kids) in town! I met Jon when hired to help him with a surprise party for Jen’s birthday. Planning mostly via texting, I was able to quickly understand Jon’s vision. (Jen Rodack’s Surprise 40th Birthday) Soon after that party Jon recommended us to another friend (Click Here to see pics from Halee Adelman’s Surprise 40th) and at the same time Jen recommended us to JFCS. Every time Jen or Jon are involved a fun time is a guarantee. When Jon approached me about the Cheers for CHOP event I knew I needed to present the 65 person committee with things they have never seen before!
Friends of Chop is a dynamic group of supporters who believe in the mission of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and are committed to advancing its research, teaching and clinical priorities through vibrant fundraising efforts. Composed of grateful families and those interested in activities that will further CHOP’s success, the Friends of CHOP are public ambassadors for the Hospital who will promote CHOP as the charity of choice in the Philadelphia region.
Jon Lubert, son of Ira Lubert owner of VF Casino is a huge supporter of CHOP and was extremely supportive in being the host venue.
The concept of VIP lounges was introduced as a way to identify sponsorship levels. Lounges were furnished by Lounge Around and complete with bottle service by the casino. The cabana style lounges gave off that Miami vibe and was a huge hit!
Hollee and her husband on the red carpet! Here’s what she said at the end of the night..,
“This event was different because it was designed to be chic and modern instead of formal & stuffy. Boring round tables were replaced with sophisticated white cabanas and illuminated high tops surrounding the light-up dance floor.”
In keeping with the club/like vibe, patrons were treated to bottle service and an ice bar. The dj kept the dance floor packed by playing a mix of current hits and popular throwbacks… plus the surprise appearance of Rob Base lent the event major street credit.
DJ Bizz has been around the block but this was his take on the night…
“When I walked into the Valley Forge Ballroom for the Cheers for CHOP, I was so impressed by the make-over! I felt like I was about to DJ a nightclub in South Beach Miami. The crowd loved the music, ambiance, and of course Rob Base. I couldn’t be more humbled to DJ an event with one of the most time-less classics hip hop tracks of all time with M.C. Rob Base and DJ Kev-Ski! I hope to be a part of this event annually! Karen really upped the bar this time.”
In total we helped raise $410,000 to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia between the silent auction, Live Auction, 50/50 Sweepstakes and sponsorships! The event was a huge success with many great partners: Valley Forge Casino & The Radisson of Valley Forge, CTO Artists, Phil Kramer Photographers, Lounge Around, Termini Brothers, Branded Productions, HughE. Dillon, Sweet Freedom, Gloss Productions, SIG , and yours truly.