I am the Development Director of the Arthritis Foundation, and I take pride in planning the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, the Walk to Cure Arthritis, and and working with various fundraising volunteers throughout the year. My most favorite event to plan, though, is the Bone Bash Gala! Unlike other galas, it’s a halloween-themed event! This event is where me and my volunteers really get to use our creative juices, and I love working with them to make our visions become a reality.
This year, the theme of the Bone Bash is Carnival! It’s Friday, October 24, at J. Verno Studios in the Southside (3030 Jane St., Pittsburgh 15203). I like to think it’s the hottest party in Pittsburgh for Halloween. The gala features live music, food, beverages and spine tingling fun all while raising funds and awareness for arthritis. There’s the traditional gala ticket including dinner, auction, raffles and carnival games at $225 per person, but my most favorite part of the event is the part when all my friends come in at the end! From 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. things get wild, and everyone lets loose at the House of Mirrors Dance Party!
The House of Mirrors Dance Party is $35 per person or $50 for two people. There’s live music, dancing, and 3 drink tickets at J. Verno Studios! Get down in your most best “Carn Evil” wear! It would mean to much to me if my Pittsburgh friends attended this event. It’s something I have really worked hard on and am very proud of. If I’m tugging at your heart strings, purchase tickets now!
There is one person who has made this year extremely special. One of my dearest friends, Rachel, is known for sweeping in and helping where ever I need her. She’s done this for three of my events in the past all while living entire states away. I feel so fortunate that she lives in Pittsburgh, now, and is part of the Bone Bash Gala Committee.
Did you ever just work extremely well with someone? Since high school, Rachel and I realized that we just clicked when it came to business. This goes back to the days when we used to serve an entire restaurant on Sunday mornings; just the two of us. So aside from the fact that I am paid to do this, I care very deeply about reaching my personal goals, and I am extremely motivated to fundraise for a cure: I get to see this event come to fruition with someone who truly gets me, my work ethic, my strengths and weaknesses. It makes me love her even more because working together brings us closer.