Gerald Simonelli Discovers a Love For Event Planning

Gerald Simonelli belongs to a small-town community, but it can hardly be said that he is small-town minded. He has traveled to eleven countries and helped people all over the world. Gerald Simonelli has improved the conditions of orphanages in Bolivia, and raised money for charity events throughout his home state of Illinois.

Born in the Chicago suburbs, Gerald Simonelli grew up with 4 siblings and began working for his family's ice cream business at the age of 11. He has worked steadily ever since, and takes pride in being a hard worker and an honest individual who consistently gives it his all. Gerald Simonelli holds both a bachelors and masters degree, and he is a member of multiple community organizations in his home town.

Though he has traveled the world and continues to do so, Gerald Simonelli is happy calling the Chicago suburbs his home. He works tirelessly to improve his community for himself and those around him. As a pastor, he found a great love for organizing and planning charity events and fundraisers, and is now pursuing a career in professional event management. His past fundraisers were highly successful, and he has helped to raise millions of dollars to improve parishes and youth ministry centers, in addition to raising $10,000 for pediatric cancer research.

Gerald Simonelli continues to coordinate events for a local restaurant, Uncle Bub's BBQ, of which he is a manager. He calls upon his educational and personal experiences in life to successfully bring people together, and takes pride in seeing a room full of smiling, joyful people. He hopes to one day work as an event manager for a large charity organization.

It still takes money to raise money. A nonprofit needs to be sure up front that it can afford its potential fundraising costs and that the costs are appropriate in relationship to the possible return. Fundraising costs should be a modest part of an organization's budget, but when that organization is starting up or when it's launching a major new fundraising effort, the fundraising costs will rise. Recruiting a new donor almost always costs more than securing a second gift from a past supporter.

One simple way to fundraise on a budget is putting together a low or no cost email campaign. Sending out a simple email with easy to use information on how to donate can help spread the word of your charity or cause without spending a lot of money. Some email tools are free or cost very little to use. Another fundraising event that will not cost very much to put on is a participatory event like a walk-a-thon. It will take a lot of help from volunteers to put something like this together but if you can find a venue that will not cost a lot of money and keep things small, it could still be a beneficial event without costing more to put on than to raise funds.

Gerald Simonelli has over 20 years of experience in administration and management and knows that putting together a fundraising event can take up a lot of money. As a pastor, he helped organize fundraisers that collected millions of dollars for parish and community improvement. Currently, Gerald is pursuing a career in professional event planning and management. As both an event planner and fundraising activist, he is an expert when it comes to fundraising on a budget. In the past, he helped a local parish get out of a twenty-year debt within 3 months.

Fundraising on a Budget

The craft beer industry is a growing industry with more brewers and bar owners trying to break in. Although there is a large customer base, it is still a difficult industry to break into because craft beer is not brewed in large quantities. This means that the amount of beer available to customers is less and that, therefore, there is less money to be made depending on your status within the craft beer community. Here are three things that new craft beer bar owners should remember in terms of the limited quantity of craft beer that is available.

  • First and foremost, you are going to have to deal with the fact that craft beer is limited in quantity. It’s part of what makes craft beer so desirable and tasty. Pay attention to what is being brewed in your local area and focus on those beers initially. Expand your selection from there.
  • Limited release beers are going to be difficult to get in your bar initially because well-established bars who do good for the craft beer community, will be given first access to limited release beers. To have a shot at limited release beer, you need to carry that brewer’s seasonal beer year round.
  • Prepare to get in line to have access to craft beer. Craft brewers want certain beers to be on the market a certain amount of time before they switch to the next beer. Craft beer is produced in small quantities so you will be competing with a lot of bars for that beer. Be prepared to wait your turn or work for it.

Gerald Simonelli’s career goal is to open up a bar or restaurant that specializes in craft beer.

Things to Consider for Aspiring Craft Beer Bar Owners

You want to ensure that your camping experience goes smoothly when you are camping with your family. The last thing you want to happen is that one or more members of your family aren’t having fun, thus ruining or putting a damper on the rest of the camping trip. Every camping trip will come across obstacles or bumps in the road, the key is to minimize those obstacles and have a ready plan or at least quick improvised response ready. Here are two ways to make sure your trip goes smoothly.

  • Always make sure that your tent is placed on a shaded and flat surface. The exterior of your tent is waterproof but is easily damaged by UV rays from the sun and scratches. Keeping your tent in the shade should minimize the damage caused by UV rays. It's also not a bad idea to place your tent on a tarp. This will protect the bottom of the tent, especially from rocks ripping the bottom. Always keep your tent zipped up to prevent insects from getting in and keep your shoes outside of the tent so that the tent doesn't get dirty.
  • During the night, sleeping bags absorb moisture from your body. Moisture is bad for sleeping bags because it reduces the efficiency of sleeping bags. It's best to open up your sleeping bags after using them. This allows your sleeping bags to air out, thus keeping you warm at night.

Gerald Simonelli is an experienced camper. He organized and coordinated mission trips to Kentucky and Bolivia.

How to Maintain Your Sleeping Bag and Tent While Camping

New Zealand is a unique country that provides out of this world adventure experiences, scenic views, and relaxing culture. Visiting New Zealand should be on top of everybody’s traveling bucket list. There is truly no other country like it. Here are three of the many things that you can and should do while visiting New Zealand.

  • If you decide to go whale watching near Kaikoura, there is a 95% chance that you will see a whale. So why wouldn't you go whale watching there? Whale watching is available year round in Kaikoura and is one of the most popular tourism activities in New Zealand. You will see a plethora of marine life in the Serengeti of the South Pacific, besides just whales while on a whale watching trip.
  • Go to the west coast and visit the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers cutting through temperate rainforest. Bring your camera because no one will believe you when you tell them you saw a glacier in a rainforest. The idea is conflicting and seems like something you only see in paintings. This is one of the most incredible sights in New Zealand.
  • You can take a bath in the outdoor hot pools on the west coast of the South Island. In a remote valley, the Copland Track will take you to a cluster of thermal pools nestled together in the rainforest. Rainforest and snowcapped mountains will surround you while you hang out in the thermal pools. The hike to this area is a bit strenuous, and you will need a guide, but it is well worth it.

Gerald Simonelli has traveled the world extensively, and New Zealand was one of his favorite countries to visit. He hopes to go back soon.

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