Headshot Photo of Talia Eskenazi
2016 Award Recipient


Project Celebrate U

Location New York, NY

Issue Area Poverty

Talia co-founded Celebrate U with her friend, Chase Kauder, to take their philanthropic efforts to the next level. Through Celebrate U, Talia strives to spread joy by throwing birthday parties for children living in underserved communities. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit works with local and national organizations to donate gifts, crafts, food, music, and other services to create memorable experiences for children. Talia discovered that birthday parties are a simple way to recognize children and let them know they are important, and provide hope for a brighter year ahead.

Talia and her team began by creating a large birthday banner signed by all of the attendees, followed by various age-based games, including sing-alongs. Celebrate U has raised more than $20,000 to host more than 1,000 birthday parties with the help of sponsors such as Magnolia Bakery and Treat House and the volunteer efforts of over 250 New York City student volunteers. Talia has continued to develop her event-planning skills and aims to expand Celebrate U and bring happiness to children on a national scale.

Seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids we entertain makes everything worthwhile.

Talia Eskenazi
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller