This Tuesday 10/6: comes to Chicago to "Spread Love, Not Malaria"

October 4, 2009

8:27 pm

Hey TECH cocktailers! For those of you in Chicago, next Tuesday October 6, friends of TECH cocktail Doug Campbell (Mindshare.LA) and Sloane Berrent (The Causemopolitan) will be in town for the Chicago stop of their 7-day, 7-city national tour to raise money and awareness to fight malaria in partnership with the 501(c)3 not-for-profit Netting Nations. If you’re a socially conscious young professional (or simply young in spirit), here’s an opportunity to celebrate and make a 100% tax-deductible donation to purchase a malaria net.

Most people think of their birthday’s as a time of receiving – What is bigger on your birthday than working to save the lives of others?

Why The Party?

When friends Doug Campbell and Sloane Berrent realized they were turning 30 within days of each other October (3rd and 5th respectively), they decided they wanted to do something memorable that not only celebrated life and the beginning of their 30s, but also included a strong charitable component. They decided to take their birthday week and make it into a national tour, create a website with an online donation mechanism and elect their friends to help organize the logistics of the parties (including our very own TECH cocktailer Tim Courtney).

The Details

What: Cause It’s My Birthday

When: Tuesday, October 6, 7pm-Midnight

Where: The Red Canary, 695 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

RSVP/Donate: $15 minimum donation via the website or at the door (donate online at

The Competition

The goal is to raise $70,000 to fight malaria, which buys approximately 16,000 mosquito nets. The nets will be donated to a village in northern Ghana in late 2009/early 2010. Each city stop in the Cause It’s My Birthday tour is competing against each other to raise the most funds. Right now, LA is in the lead, and Chicago is lagging behind in 6th place out of 7 cities! We can’t let that happen! You, TECH cocktail Chicago and friends, can fix that. Spread the word, come on out, and donate to the cause and put Chicago in the lead!

* Follow @CauseItsMyBday on Twitter and spread the word there.

* Join the Chicago Facebook Event and Facebook Group and share with all of your friends!

The Backstory

Both Berrent and Campbell have backgrounds in innovative philanthropy: in early September, Ms. Berrent returned from a three month fellowship with the microlending nonprofit, KIVA. In 2007, Campbell completed a worldwide tour he dubbed Tuxedo Travels, which raised money for local charities. Carrying over from the tradition of Tuxedo Travels fashion, Berrent and Campbell will wear formal attire throughout the seven-day period, including at airports and in transit.

“We chose malaria as a cause because it is easy to prevent using simple techniques” Berrent says. “We felt we could really make an impact on this front.”

The organizers have set as their fundraising goal the figure of $70,000, which buys approximately 16,000 nets. Vestergaard Frandsen, one of only three WHO-approved companies for net making, will be providing the nets. The target drop will be in northern Ghana in late 2009-early 2010.

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Mark Bebawy (@markbebawy) is a Washington, D.C. metro native with a passion for all things web, social media, and startup related. Mark has an extensive background in technology, having worked in the field running his own IT consulting company that catered to small business.

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