What IS the HIP Mamas Ball???
HIP Mamas is what one friend thought we should originally name the PF. It stands for Hypertension in Pregnancy, Maternal Alliance for Medical Advancement through Science. (whew). And it is the brainstorm of our founders to host an irreverent ball (okay--originally I wanted to call it the HIP Mamas Antisocialite's Ball, but people thought that was too, well, antisocial...) It is essentially an "unBall" where we don't dress up and we don't have to get beautiful to be there, where we have kick-*** fun and laugh. We need to do that all the more these days.
Jillian's (www.jillians.com) has donated the use of their facilities to the Preeclampsia Foundation for the HIP Mamas Ball, Labor Day, September 2005. We can plan on an event in most or all of the following locations--provided we can guarantee selling tickets for approximately 250-500 people per site at at least $30 per ticket (to cover the cost of the food and drinks). If we want to make any money--we have to charge more. If you are near one of these locations and want to help make this one of a kind event a reality--please contact me and let's get started. This is a great opportunity for us--but will require a lot of hard work!! Thanks!!!
PLEASE NOTE--WE HAVE REMOVED CITIES THAT HAVE NOT RECEIVED OFFERS TO HELP WITH THE FUNDRAISER. IF YOUR CITY WAS REMOVED BUT YOU ARE WILLING TO DO THE WORK--Contact us immediately and we will put your name back on the list. For a complete list go to Jillians.com homepage and scroll down their locations list.
(*=# of volunters on the committee; min of 3 required to sign a contract for the event, deadline for signing of the contract is Sept. 1, 2004.)
San Francisco, CA***
Universal City, CA*
UPDATE: The sites above are locations where members have indicated an interest in getting an event going. We have to guarantee buying a certain # of tickets so this will take a lot of hard work but would be well worth it. I think we will try to limit the first year to six~ sites that we can really focus on and be successful at. We have a designer donating the logo/poster and I have talked to a PR firm about donating PR work. If you can get a local group to "sponsor" the costs of the event (so that the ticket $$ comes to us) that would be all the better. The focus of the event is to "RAISE AWARENESS" and the gist of the event is this:
It is a relaxed, jeans, beer, chicken wings sort of thing but the catch is you have to pay MORE to dress down. If you want the cheap tickets ($30 per person~) then you have to wear that awful bridesmaid dress in the back of your closet and DH has to wear a terrible lime-green leisure suit. Dressy casual is a bit more, and t-shirts and jeans are top dollar. Trust me--you will want to pay more to avoid that topaz taffeta number... [}:)] We need to get radio spots, PSA (public service announcements) in the cities, we need to really make this a FUN time...
Thanks for the strong response. Even if you can't attend an event near you--you will still be able to get a HIP Mama T-shirt. (the back says--hypertension in pregnancy just ain't cool.)
In order to really pull this off--we are going to choose the sites that have the strongest committees to host events. I put *s next to the sites that have volunteers (# of *s equal the * of people on the committee). Ideally--that committee should have three strong planners (+ the main office support and Jillian's) and then a team of people to execute on the plan. We are eliminating sites that do not have at least two strong volunteers (by strong, I mean people who are willing to drive this event) as of August 1st, 2004. We have to sign a contract as of Sept 2004--so if you are interested--please send in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note--you do not need to be in the city to help--internet is amazing--so if there is a locale that is "doable" for you--like if you are in San Diego but will definitely go to Universal City--or in Dallas but will make the drive to Houston--then sign up. Better a few key successful small events than too many that don't pull through.