Fundraising Cambridge MA

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Eric Sneider
Bromfield Financial Advisory Group, Inc.
(617) 252-3400
10 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Divorce Planning, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Thomas Fisher
Fisher Financial Strategies
(617) 444-8555
245 First Street, Suite 1800
Cambridge, MA
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, College/Education Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jennifer Lane
Compass Planning Associates, Inc.
(617) 523-4666
3 Center Plaza
Boston, MA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Victoria Marrone
Modera Wealth Management, LLC
(617) 247-0518
535 Boylston Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Financial Psychology/Coaching, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA, PhD

Peter Disch
Disch & Associates, LLC
(617) 585-0050
10 Newbury Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Advising Entrepreneurs, Alternative or Private Investments, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

James Pinney
Pinney & Scofield, Inc.
(617) 492-6223
22 Hilliard Street
Cambridge, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFA, CFP®

Philip Lee
Modera Wealth Management, LLC
(617) 247-0518
535 Boylston Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Divorce Planning, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Robert Siefert
Modera Wealth Management, LLC
(617) 247-0518
535 Boylston Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Walter Herlihy
Beacon Financial Planning, Inc.
(888) 230-3588
111 State Street
Boston, MA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, ChFc, CLU

Stephen Ahern
Sullivan Bille/Wealth Management Advisors
(617) 742-3994
225 Franklin Street
Boston, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning, Advising Entrepreneurs, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, CPA, CPA/PFS, MS, MST

Fundraising ideas

Looking for clever fundraising ideas? Here's one: The Smithtown Historical Society offers a fun spin on popular casino nights. The event's co-chair offers the secrets of the party's success.

For the past five years, on the first Saturday night in March, residents of Smithtown, New York, have enjoyed a dress-up night of "gambling" at the Society's "Naughty Night Out," a Roaring Twenties-themed fundraiser.

Naughty Night Out

"We came up with that idea because we wanted something a bit different than the usual Las Vegas and Monte Carlo nights," says 2006 event co-chair, Deanna Varricchio, Smithtown's receiver of taxes.

Each year, the event draws about 125 attendees and nets between $6,000 and $8,000, says Varricchio. The venue for the 2006 event was the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch, in Hauppauge.

Accent on Fun

One reason for the event's success, she says, is the contrast between the sedate nature of the Society's mission--to preserve the historical heritage of the Township and of Long Island--and the raucous, fun-filled frivolity of the evening's activities.

One of the biggest attractions was "In and Out of Jail," which involved "imprisoning" prominent members of the community in a "jail" built by a talented local contractor. (See photo above). "People could pay $5 to bail the prisoner out, or $5 to keep him or her in jail for a while longer." It's easy to figure out what most people chose to pay for, she jokes.

Gambling, of course, was the major money-maker of the evening. Classic Casino Productions, of Wantagh, which has run the event's casino operations from the beginning, provided card tables and a range of casino equipment, including a real slot machine donated by the company and auctioned off at the end of the evening.

For the $125 cost of admission, each attendee got $200 worth of play money, says Varricchio. Soon thereafter, people could buy $500 more play money for $20. And later in the evening, the same $20 bought $1,000 in play money.

"Bootleg beverages" were offered throughout the evening and the pacing of the food service was carefully planned, Varricchio notes. Guests arrived to hors d'oeuvres being passed, and platters of cheese, nuts, and fruit placed at stations around the room. At 9 p.m., a hot buffet was served. Seating was intentionally limited and tables were small. "The whole idea was to keep people gambling," she explains.

Naughty Night Out also featured a Chinese auction and a number of door prizes. "This event has become familiar to local merchants, who have been very generous in their support," she says, referring to the range of gift certificates, merchandise, and services donated to the organization--including a dinner cruise on one supporter's private yacht.

Costumes more popular each year

One trend Varricchio says she's noticed is that every year, more people arrive in full '20s regalia. "At first, the only people in costumes were those running the event," she recalls. "This year, about 75% of the women were in c...

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