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Kristofor Behn
Fieldstone Financial Management Group, LLC
(800) 888-5164
The Brandywine Building
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Financial Issues Between Generations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Joan Sharp
Life Strategies, LLC
(302) 324-5363
42 Read's Way, New Castle Corp. Commons
New Castle, DE
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Special Needs Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CAP, CFP®, ChFc, MSFS

Vincent Schiavi
Schiavi + Dattani
(302) 994-4444
2710 Centerville Road, Suite 201
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Paul Baumbach
Mallard Advisors, LLC
(302) 737-4546
750 Barksdale Road, Suite 3
Newark, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFA, CFP®, ChFc, MS

Thomas Smedile
Swarthmore Financial Advisors, Ltd.
(610) 892-9922
10 Veterans Square, Second Floor
Media, PA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS, MST

Donald Nicholson
Donald W Nicholson & Associates, Ltd.
(302) 529-1500
1403 Silverside Road, Suite B
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, CFP®

Burwell Hutchinson
Fischer & Hutchinson Wealth Advisors, LLC
(302) 442-4233
5560 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Real Estate Investments, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

William Starnes
Mallard Advisors, LLC
(302) 239-1654
1041 Valley Road
Hockessin, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, ChFc, MST

Alan Schapire
Libra Financial Planning
(610) 891-0762
280 N. Providence Road, Suite 100
Media, PA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA

William Heidig
FiscalWise, Inc.
(610) 891-7760
55 State Road, 2nd Floor
Media, PA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Entrepreneurs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

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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