Festa Parties, a Chicago-based event planning company known for its festive pub crawl events including TBOX, their popular Twelve Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl in Wrigleyville, held its 4th successful “BYOC” Bring Your Own Cereal Charity Donation Party, which took place on May 16th, 2013 benefiting the Lakeview Pantry. In addition, the theme for TBOX 2013, which will take place on Saturday, December 14th, 2013, was revealed. Festa Parties has been planning and organizing great Chicago party events since its first TBOX back in 1996.
Taking place at Roadhouse 66 in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago, and featuring specials by Festa Parties sponsors Miller Lite and Pinnacle Vodka, the Cereal Party was part of a continuing nod to Festa’s longtime devotion to all things cereal-related, and cereal’s central role in the charm of the TBOX pub crawl. Christopher Festa, Owner and Founder of Festa Parties, helped reveal the 2013 theme, “Air TBOX”, adorned in a pilot’s costume provided courtesy of Chicago Costume Company, proving this will be the wildest airlines of 2013! As Festa said, “This year’s TBOX will combine the fun of the Holiday Season with the Majesty and Adventure of Air Travel and Flight – Get Yourself in the Full Upright Position, Secure those Tray Tables, and Dust off that Landing Strip, because we will be TAKING OFF for the Flight of your Life in just 211 Days!” Close friends assisted in the unveiling of the TBOX 2013 poster featuring the new logo to the excited attendees at the party. Colleen Fleming was in attendance for the reveal for her second year in a row and exclaimed, “The TBOX themes are always creative and unique. I can’t wait to fly ‘TBOX Air’ and I’m sure it’ll be better than any other flight I’ve ever taken!” Participant Julie Wong also agreed, “Another successful Festa Parties cereal party! Everyone attending was pumped for the big reveal of this year’s annual pub crawl – Air TBOX 2013! And more importantly, it was so exciting to be a part of an event that brings together such a generous bunch, donating 136 boxes of cereal to the Lakeview Food Pantry. It’s a wonderful feeling that this event allowed us to support my own neighborhood’s non-profit so generously.”
Festa also created several exhilarating “Air TBOX” theme related contests, including chugging Fruity Pebbles from a leaf blower to simulate cereal going through a jet engine, giving attendees the chance to win prizes from the bars that participate in Festa Parties pub crawls. One of the contest winners, longtime TBOX participant Laura Stange, commented, “I was really excited to participate in the contests at the party and contribute to a great cause. Festa always keeps everyone involved with their fun activities, and last night’s was the best party happening last night!”
Each month, Festa Parties rewards the BYOC participants with a special gift if they bring in cereal to donate at the party. For May 2013, Festa made special, limited-edition t-shirts illustrating the TBOX theme, with the word “SOON” in giant letters above the outline of a jet plane. Festa Parties likes to adapt internet memes and other playful and humorous anecdotes into their event marketing, and they made these shirts with their TBOX “super fans” in mind. “Even though we want to enjoy a long, warm, fun summer in Chicago, we want to remind people that the coming winter will bring the joy of another TBOX,” commented Christopher Festa, Owner and Founder of Festa Parties. “Last year, we made t-shirts that said ‘Wait for it… Wait for it…’ and we thought ‘SOON’ would be a great followup for this year’s TBOX countdown.”
In the end, Festa and friends donated 136 boxes of cereal to the Lakeview Pantry for the month of May. To date, Festa Parties has collected and donated over 850 boxes of cereal to benefit the food pantry, and will continue to do so every month through their BYOC parties. In addition to their cereal donations, Festa Parties enjoys being an active member of the community and contributor to local and national charities. Festa Parties is a member of the Central Lakeview Merchants Association as well as the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. They have been a Silver Sponsor of the CHICAGO Dance Marathon benefit for Lurie Children’s hospital the last 3 years, and in 2013 won the Top Fundraising Team award. Festa Parties has also donated to the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, have been a leading donor and sponsor of the Lakeview School Street Park project to build a new children’s playground on School Street in Lakeview, and contribute to many other causes listed on their web site.
Along with TBOX, Festa Parties holds the annual BeadQuest Mardi Gras Celebration and Cover Your Bases Pub Crawl in Wrigleyville, as well as Everyone Gets Leis, its Hawaiian themed pub crawl in Wicker Park taking place on August 24th, 2013.
Festa Parties is a Chicago-based company founded by Christopher Festa that produces creative and popular nightlife and cultural events including TBOX, BeadQuest, and Cover Your Bases, which include popular Chicago establishments in neighborhoods such as Lakeview and Wicker Park. These include John Barleycorn, Moe’s Cantina, The Irish Oak, Red Ivy, Stretch, Fatpour, Rockwood Place, Fifty/50, Boundary, Sluggers, DS Tequila, Casey Moran’s, Full Shilling, Trace, Murphy’s Bleachers, Rebel, and many others. Festa Parties also contributes extensively to local charities and community organizations including CHICAGO Dance Marathon, School Street Park, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, and Lakeview Pantry.
On May 16, 2013, Festa Parties revealed the Theme for TBOX 2013, the 18th Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas, The World’s Most Spectacular Pub Crawl…
AIR TBOX – The Majesty and Adventure of Flight and Air Travel come to TBOX!
See you all as we Depart at 08:00AM on 12/14/13! All the details soon!
The Festa Parties May 2013 “BYOC” Cereal Donation Party is taking place starting at 7pm at Roadhouse 66 in Wrigleyville, 3330 North Clark Street, on THURSDAY, 5/16.
Bring 5 or more boxes of Cereal to donate to Lakeview Pantry, and receive a Limited Edition TBOX2013 Preview Fashion T-Shirt you can wear all summer, as we unveil the Poster and Theme for TBOX 2013, Festa’s 18th Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas, The World’s Most Spectacular Pub Crawl, which will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2013, in Chicago.
We will also have our “Leaf Blower” Cereal Shot Contest, where you can win great prizes including valuable Gift Certificates from Wrigley Bars, and free tickets for our upcoming “Everyone Gets Lei’s” event on August 24. The Party at Roadhouse will also feature great drink specials from Miller Lite and Pinnacle Vodka!
The April Edition of the “BYOC” – Bring Your Own Cereal Party – at Dugout Wrigley – was a great success, with 135 boxes of Cereal Collected and Donated by Festa Parties to Lakeview Pantry!
Festa Parties and friends had a blast at our latest BYOC Party, this time at Dugout Wrigley at 950 W Addison, where friends and customers of Festa picked up their Cover Your Bases Pub Crawl packets and stayed around for the inaugural Fruity Pebbles Flippy Cup Tourney – won by our favorite Royal Intern, Lindsay Glosniak of Naperville, Illinois! Lindsay won a $50 Dugout Gift Certificate, and 2nd Prize Winner Josh Palka won a $25 Dugout Gift Certificate.
Festa Parties has now collected and donated over 700 boxes of Cereal to Lakeview Pantry since TBOX2012, and will be having Cereal Events throughout 2013 leading up to TBOX2013 on 12/14/13.
And, want to join us at Cover Your Bases?? Click here for information on the Saturday 4/27/13 event, starting at 1pm at Deuce’s & Diamond…
Enjoy this Cereal Shot Music Montage by Will Byington Photography……….. it’s awesome! Happy New Year!
Festa Parties is proud to once again be a sponsor for the 3rd Year of the Chicago Dance Marathon benefiting Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
In addition to our Silver Sponsorship, Festa has led a participating team in the Dance Marathon the last 3 years, and this year, sold our limited edition TBOX Sunglasses, with proceeds going toward our Dance Team. Volunteers from the organization will be on site at TBOX, helping serve as our Bar Hosts, handing out Stickers and Cereal, and taking people’s pictures in our frames, while distributing literature and stickers promoting the CDM. But wait, there’s more!!!
And………….. how do you get these awesome sunglasses that everyone has been talking about??? Donate $10 to our Dance Marathon Team and you’ll get a pair of these AWESOME TBOX SUNGLASSES!!
As part of our continuing support of our Community and our beloved City of Chicago, Festa Parties on November 26, 2012, Donated $5000 to the Construction of the School Street Playlot to be located at 1230 W. School Street in Lakeview. Our goal in working with the Alderman’s Office is to give the neighborhood a playlot which will represent the community and add additional green space and beauty. To support the playlot, click here to like them on Facebook, and contact here to donate or get involved.
“Chicago is a wonderful place to hold our popular events,” said President Christopher Festa. “In addition to providing creative entertainment events for young and single Chicagoans and people who come in from throughout the country, and help bring business to the great establishments of the Wrigley area, we’re thrilled as well to support great local causes such as The Chicago Dance Marathon benefiting Lurie Children’s Hospital, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, and The School Street Playlot, in addition the many other local and national charities we support!”
This will be the place to find the Festa Parties 2012 Photos – We are in the process of uploading likely over 2,500 Photos, and more will be added as they come in. We post our own photos to our Facebook Albums on the Festa Parties Facebook Page
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