Where I Spend My Days...(Part 1)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Since January, I have been interning a few days a week at a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles called the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. Nancy Davis created the organization 19 years ago after being diagnosed with MS. She found that there was no governing/cohesive body of research regarding treatments and cures of MS. She founded the Center Without Walls which is made up of the nation's top seven MS research centers. For those of you who don't know, MS affects 2 million Americans and 3 times as many women as men. My office works year round coordinating a one night event that raises a majority of money for the research centers, but more on that later! To learn more about the organization & for pictures etc. visit www.erasems.org

Anyways, so here is a rundown of a few things that I did to help out (and still currently do):

Every Hollywood event has one coveted thing in common: The elusive Gift Bags.
In my office, Whitney works year round gathering goodies for the Gift Bags. Getting companies to donate 1500 items is quite a task, this year we had awesome donations from MAC, OPI, Jelly Belly, Maxx Bags, Tommy Hilfiger, Avril Lavigne, etc. just to name a few. These are awesome but they also require tons of work. We have to unpack and organize 1500 items in 40 varieties... yay!

Here Eunice (the other intern) & I are unpacking socks...so many socks....

But its worth it for the final product: (just a few items as examples!)

Anyways, gift bags are just one thing we do. During my internship I have also helped fill orders from our website, manage our client database, call celebrities and clients, edit our publications and dozens of other things that are needed in the office daily (less picture worthy).

Anyways on to the good stuff. This year our event (gala) was on Friday May 7. We have our event at the Hyatt Regency Century City and its a gorgeous location. Just another tidbit...Although we are called the Nancy Davis Foundation, our campaign/slogan is "Orange You Happy to Erase MS." We sell lots of items in orange and our whole office and whole event are in orange (we even have an orange carpet in lieu of a red carpet) Just FYI.

Here are some pictures during the day before & day of event (since I got to stay at the hotel for 2 nights!)
Planning stuff in our office at the hotel...haha

Being an intern has its perks...all access credentials for all aspects of the event!
In front of the step & repeat banner
I have so much to tell and so many pictures, I will tell the rundown with pics & videos of the night next! Come back for more! It won't disappoint I promise!

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you and Jason are enjoying your life in California and that you have learned so much! Keep up your great work and enjoy life to its fullest!