Last Saturday evening long-time supporter and friend of Shake It Up, Penny Hoolihan, hosted her third annual cocktail party and raised over $10K for Parkinson’s research. This year’s event, attended by Shake It Up CEO, Ben Young, proved to be a roaring success with all the key elements of a great night.
Guests at ‘Shaken not Stirred 2015’ were greeted with a martini on arrival and soon after were treated to a sensational performance by local rising star, Sahara Beck, who played well into the night. This was prior to guests taking to the stage for an impromptu jam session.
While the night was all about raising funds for Parkinson’s research Penny has ensured each of her events focus on connecting people, having fun and celebrating life. When asked what made her events so successful Penny said, ‘We try to make the party the focus not the fundraising. If people are having a good time they generally contribute and what’s better still is that they tell their friends about the night and Shake It Up the following week.’
Penny’s mother lives with Parkinson’s making it a cause close to her heart however she is not without support. Family, friends and work colleagues all unite for this annual event which really does unite people for a common purpose. Of this support Penny said, ‘I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and colleagues – particularly when there are so many other causes that people can support.’ And when asked what advice she gives others she says, ‘Start talking to people about an event and you will be surprised with the support you receive. If we all just do something, we really can make Parkinson’s a thing of the past.’
Penny’s event would not have been possible without the generous support of many people. In particular Damian Bender who opened his home for the event and Mal Watts who, through Habitat and Moose and Gibson, provided the wonderful food and service.
If you are passionate about finding a cure for Parkinson’s why not contact our Events Manager, Melanie to see what you could do to raise funds and awareness.