ECHOage is a charity-driven, eco-friendly online birthday party service where children learn the value of giving and receiving while celebrating. No matter what a child’s theme or venue, any party can easily be ECHOaged. All a child has to do is choose a cause and invite guests. Guests RSVP and contribute online as the child watches the contributions grow. After the party is over, ECHOage sends half the money collected to the child so they can buy one meaningful gift. The other half of the funds go to the charity the child has chosen. Easy on guests, good for the environment and meaningful for children.
Here is a sample ECHOage party thrown by Brittany Cerenza!
Meet Brittany Carenza, age 12, from Westwood, New Jersey. This young philanthropist did the hula at her ECHOage birthday “beach” party while raising money for a cause close to her heart. By ECHOaging her party, she asked her friends to make an online contribution instead of bringing a present to her party. ECHOage sent her half the money to buy herself a birthday gift from all her friends and the other half was donated to Autism Speaks, Brittany’s charity of choice.
THE GIFT: “I’m still thinking about it. I’m going to get an iPod or save up more money for a laptop.”
THE CHARITY: “There are some people in my family who have autism, so I chose Autism Speaks because it made me feel like I was doing something for them. I see my one cousin a lot, he’s seven years old. Knowing someone with autism has affected me because it helps me notice how lucky I really am to have what I have. I try to play with my cousin, but he has pretty bad autism so it was easier to play with him when he was younger. We are kind of close, but he is in his own world. He knows my name though.”
MONEY RAISED for Autism Speaks: $129.62
THE PARTY: “It was a beach-themed party, so we played volleyball and kickball. We turned our garage into a luau tiki hut and put sand all over the floor. There were flowers on the walls and leis for everyone to wear. I wore a hula skirt. It was really fun. We had a BBQ and served hamburgers and hot dogs and chips. We had an ice-cream cake and a big cookie cake. We had a lot of different kinds of music, some Lady Gaga and some beach music. We told people to bring their bathing suits because we threw water balloons at each other.”
THE ECHO: “Having an ECHOage party felt better than getting presents because I knew that I wasn’t getting the money for myself – I was helping kids in need. I think the kids might be able to get different toys or learning devices.”
MOM SAYS: “My daughter Brittany has always had a desire to help others, so an ECHOage party was a definite for her when I told her about it. When she was reviewing the charity choices, Autism Speaks was her first choice because of her two cousins who have autism; one is seven and the other is 21. Brittany saw her seven-year-old cousin grow up and was moved to help others in the same situation and their families and to find answers to the puzzle surrounding autism. I am so proud of Brittany and I am certain she will want to have another ECHOage party next year.”
To book an ECHOage birthday party for your child or to save the date, visit www.echoage.com