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8 Years of Partying with a Purpose

What a simple thing you can do to be the light in this world…go to a party!

-John Pitzaferro, Founder & CEO of TransNational Payments

Eight years ago, John Pitzaferro came back from a trip to Nicaragua wanting to make a difference in the lives of children he met there.

Eight years ago, ORPHANetwork partnered with TransNational Payments to transform the community of Nueva Vida, Nicaragua.

Eight years ago, the Party with a Purpose was born.

Now, eight years later, we’re still going strong. To date, the Party with a Purpose has raised over a million dollars that helped transform the lives of 1,200 at-risk children by providing over two million meals and effectively reducing malnourishment in Nueva Vida by 50%! But it’s not just the immediate needs that are being addressed — we also invest in these children’s future by teaching them valuable job skills that’ll help their families break the cycle of poverty.

Why is the Party with a Purpose so successful? Well, that’s because it’s more than a fundraiser — it’s really a party, and not just your typical one. It’s an evening where you can spend time with family and friends, dance to live music, taste delicious local cuisine, participate in thrilling auctions, win exciting raffle prizes, enjoy friendly game room competition and, most importantly, do all of this with a greater purpose!

This October brings our 8th Annual Party with a Purpose to Rolling Meadows, IL, and we plan to make it our most fun and successful one yet! Our event is open to all who want to experience an unforgettable Friday night and give hundreds of children something that’ll change their lives forever.

Check out the official Party with a Purpose website and watch the video below to learn more about how we make a difference, one Party at a time!

Emmanuel’s Remarkable Story

Emmanuel lives with his mother and extended family in a tiny home in the former refugee community of Nueva Vida. He was born with a congenital deformity in his upper and lower limbs. When we first met Emmanuel on the steps of our dental clinic in 2012, he was just three years old. We learned he had once received a pair of leg braces from a visiting surgeon to the public hospital in Managua. However, when the surgeon left the program at the hospital ended.

ORPHANetwork Medical Director, Dr. Janice Hebbert, has helped this family throughout their journey. She remarks, “it has been a great blessing to be able to continue to help this young boy; to be a witness of God’s love and his power through science.” 

Today, Emmanuel is eight years old and has been through eight surgeries – six on his hands and two on his legs and tons of physical therapy. The leg braces he was recently fitted with are expected to correct the curvature of his legs within two years! We are honored to create new opportunities for life for Emmanuel, his mother and each of the 22,000 children we serve.

Click here to see additional medical success stories of our children and stay tuned to our emails for another incredible medical story coming soon.

Hillier Ignite & Zac Brown Band “Fired Up” Virginia Beach

M23A0011In 2015, Hillier Ignite wanted to expand their footprint into Rivas, Nicaragua and the first annual Ignite the Night Party was born. One month later 3,000 vulnerable children were being nourished through the local Nicaraguan church!

Hillier Ignite’s vision for a Hope and a Future for each of these children led them to pull out all the stops for 2016’s party and team up with the legendary Zac Brown Band. Together they Fired Up! Virginia Beach with a private concert that raised almost $200,000 for our children!

Thanks to this incredible night, not only will these children to continue to be nourished, but many of these Local Church Initiatives will launch deeper levels of holistic care designed to fight malnourishment and give children a healthy start in life. 

Thank you to Melissa J. Davis Photography and Kimberly Florence Photography for volunteering your time and talents to photograph the evening!

Music Sponsors with Zac Brown Band Before the Show

Friends Enjoying the Atmosphere and the Silent Auction

“White Carpet” Moments

Guava Jam – Opened and Closed the Evening

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Luke Hillier Sharing His Heart for Rivas, Nicaragua

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Thank you Hillier Ignite, Chesapeake Bay Catering and Our ONET Volunteers for Not Letting the Rain Dampen Your Spirits!

Check out Hillier Ignite on Facebook or Instagram to see all photos from the unforgettable 2nd annual Ignite the Night event.

Collaborative partnership nourishes 6,500 children

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After eight years of travel to Nicaragua through church missions trips and serving as director of development with our global partners at Stop Hunger Now, Chessney Barrick Pullen felt God calling her to do more to serve His children in Nicaragua. Being the strong woman of faith that she is, she took a gigantic risk of leaving a stable and successful career and venture out to start a non-profit organization to directly benefit children, families and communities in Nicaragua.

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Chessney shares this in her Founder’s Story, “Each time I visited Nicaragua I had a different experience with a different child that left a lasting impression.  I challenged myself to consider making a decision on how I was going to commit both professionally and personally to this cause.  I went from thinking about it to doing it.”

In our first year of collaborative partnership, Fill the Bowls has partnered with ORPHANetwork to launch four communities serving over 300 children with life-changing holistic care through our Local Church Initiatives. Each of these communities are located in Matagalpa, one of the least food-secure regions of the country. Additionally, the organization has nourished 6,500 children through daily feeding programs in the region as well. 

This past May, Chessney and Board of Directors Member, Lee Warren, made their first Fill the Bowls Discovery trip to Nicaragua. Our Nicaraguan staff provided a warm and enthusiastic welcome and they presented our strategic plans to break the cycle of poverty through nourishment, education and job skills training. Then they headed off to Matagalpa to engage with our partners and build relationships. Check out this trip summary to dive deeper into our collaborative partnership.

 

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